Tuesday Oct. 26, 2010
Posted: 6:25 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox Cubs
Josh Vitters had a big day on Tuesday as Mesa routed the Peoria Saguaros, 18-9, in Peoria. Vitters, who had gone hitless in his previous three games, had a pair of doubles, drove in a run and scored twice.
Ryan Flaherty has a dingle to extend his thing streak to five games. Hes hitting .350 7-for-20 during the streak with three RBIs. Vitters scored a run on Tuesday and also drew a pair of walks.
Eduardo Escobar paced the Sags with a pair of hits, including a homer and two RBIs. The White Sox infielder also scored twice. Jason Bour added two hits, including a double.
A trio of Sox pitchers, however, did not fare as well. Johnnie Lowe had his third straight rough outing, collecting his second consecutive loss. He allowed five runs on seven hits over 2 13 innings. Hes got a 14.04 ERA in 8 13 innings after posting a 3.96 ERA in 25 games at Double-A Birmingham during the regular season.
Henry Mabee allowed five runs, none of them earned, on four hits in a 1 13 innings before Charlie Leesman allowed three runs one earned in a third of an inning.
In other White Sox news, the club waived right-hander Carlos Torres, 28, so he could pursue pitching opportunities in Asia. Torres was 9-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 27 games 25 starts for Triple-A Charlotte. He was 0-1 with an 8.56 ERA in 13 23 innings over five appearances for the parent club.
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Yu Darvish blew a 98 mph fastball by Yasiel Puig, pumped his fist emphatically twice and let out a primal yell as he walked off the mound while 37,260 fans at Wrigley Field backed him up with maybe the loudest "YUUUU!!!" chant of the season.
It was the final pitch he threw on the afternoon as he completely dismantled the Reds lineup in a 4-2 Cubs victory.
Since the All-Star Break, Darvish leads Major League Baseball in ERA — he hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and giving up only 4 hits and a walk.
Oh yeah, and he finally picked up his first Wrigley Field win in a Cubs uniform...in his 28th start.
In both outings to start the second half, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and they're also the only two scoreless starts he has as a member of the Cubs (he gave up 0 earned run April 27 last year against the Brewers, but was charged with an unearned run).
The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break and will carry a 2.5-game lead in the division into action Friday when the San Diego Padres come into town.