10/24 Team USA & winter ball roundup
Team USA lost 3-2 to Mexico on Saturday in the Pan Am games, being played in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson made his first plate appearance since Oct. 14, and grounded out to second in the ninth in a pinch-hit appearance. Jeff Beliveau, the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, also appeared in the game and struck out two of the three batters he faced. With the loss, the U.S. finished as the No. 2 seed in its group, and will face Cuba in the semifinals.
* In the Dominican Republic, Scott Maine is 0-1 in three relief outings for Estrellas, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk over two innings in three outings. John Gaub has given up three earned runs on two hits and two walks over 1 2/3 innings in three appearances for Leones del Escogido. In his last game Wednesday, he struck out all three batters he faced. Chris Rusin made one start Oct. 18 for Escogido, and gave up one run on three hits over four innings while striking out three. Steve Clevenger was 2-for-3 with one RBIs Sunday for Escogido, and batting .222 in six games overall.
* In Venezuela, Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 and scored a run Sunday for Magallanes. He’s batting .308 overall with six homers and nine RBIs and also has struck out 14 times, including three Ks on Sunday. Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-5 and scored a run on Sunday. He’s batting .273 in 10 games with four RBIs, three of those coming in one game. Austin Bibens-Dirkx has given up two earned runs on five hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings in two games for Zulia. The right-hander made one start on Oct. 12.
* In Mexico, Blake Parker has not given up a hit or a run in seven relief appearances for Naranjeros in Mexican Winter League play, including one inning Sunday. The right-hander has totaled seven innings in seven games, and walked one and struck out eight. Hung-Wen Chen has given up one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in six games with Venados de Mazatlan. Chen is 3-for-4 in save situations, with five strikeouts. In two starts for Yaquis de Obregon, Marco Carillo has given up one run on six hits and four walks over 10 innings.
— Carrie Muskat