10/21 AFL update
Josh Vitters went 2-for-3 with a first inning double in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 6-3 loss to Scottsdale Scorpions Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Vitters started at third, and now is batting .308. Ryan Flaherty, another Cubs prospect, was hitless in four at-bats. Kyle Smit, whom the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers in the Ryan Theriot-Ted Lilly deal, took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Smit got into trouble in the fifth. With one out, he walked two batters then gave up a single to A.J. Pollock to load the bases. Smit walked Conor Gillaspie to force in a run, and was lifted. Chris Carpenter, another Cubs prospect, replaced Smit and served up a RBI single to Jordan Pacheco to give Scottsdale a 3-1 lead. The two teams square off again Thursday in Mesa.
— Carrie Muskat