10/15 AFL & winter ball update

Josh Vitters went 4-for-5 and scored two runs and DJ LeMahieu had two hits, including a two-run homer, but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost 16-8 to Surprise in Arizona Fall League play Friday. Vitters is batting .405 in the AFL. Junior Lake, another Cubs prospect, hit a solo homer for Mesa. Marcus Hatley took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings. Andrew Cashner made his third AFL appearance, giving up two runs on two hits in one inning. He walked one and struck out one. Mesa travels to Surprise Saturday to face the Saguaros.

In the Dominican Republic, John Gaub gave up two runs on one hit and one walk in relief but Escogido held on for a 4-3 win over Licey. Catcher Steve Clevenger is also playing for the Leones and was 1-for-4 with a double in the season opener in the Dominican Winter Leagues.

In the Mexican Winter League play, Blake Parker struck out one in one-third of an inning in Hermosillo’s 15-9 win over Los Mochis. In two games, Parker has three strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings and has not given up a hit or run.

– Carrie Muskat

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