10/31 AFL & winter ball update

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw six shutout innings in Mexicali’s 8-1 win over Hermosillo in Mexican League action Friday night. Samardzija struck out seven and walked one, giving up four hits. His ERA now is 2.25.

In Arizona Fall League action, the Mesa Solar Sox played to a 5-5, 11 inning tie against Scottsdale. Starlin Castro did not start, but entered as a defensive sub in the 11th at second base. The infielder is leading the AFL with a .419 batting average. Cubs prospect Blake Parker threw two scoreless innings, walking three. Mesa plays host to Phoenix on Saturday at HoHoKam Park.

In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes served up three home runs over 4 2/3 innings in Caracas’ 7-2 loss to Aragua. Mathes gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks.

Andres Blanco went 4-for-5 with one RBI in Magallanes’ 13-5 win. Robinson Chirinos also drove in two runs and hit a double.

— Carrie Muskat

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