10/12 AFL update

Kris Bryant hit a two-out RBI single in the first, driving in Jorge Soler, who had reached on an error, and a solo home run in the seventh to lift the Mesa Solar Sox to a 7-3 victory Friday night over the Peoria Javelinas in Surprise. Bryant was 2-for-5, and is 7-for-14 in three games in the Arizona Fall League with two home runs. Soler was 1-for-5 and scored two runs, and Wes Darvill added a RBI single in the third. Dallas Beeler started, and gave up one run on three hits over three innings. Lendy Castillo gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning in relief.

On Saturday, all teams are off as a hitting competition is held at Talking Stick at Salt River. The Cubs’ Albert Almora, who is 6-for-10 in two games, will take part. Almora has hit for the cycle in his first two games with Mesa. The Solar Sox — or Soler Sox if you prefer — resume play on Monday, traveling to Scottsdale for a 6:35 p.m. MT game against the Scorpions.


Am liking that play on words, the pun, and am positively giddy contemplating the possibilities with these young prospects.

There was so much more to last nights game. Beeler started and in the first inning gave up a walk and a hit, he picked BOTH runners off at 1st. He gave up 1 ER in his 3 innings, but even that should have been unearned.
A shot went passed Darvill who was playing 3rd, Darvill listed as a 2nd Baseman had no reaction time to that ball. Right to his left side, cant call an error for lack of reaction time, but Darvill was clearly out of his comfort zone at 3rd Base.
Darvill’s speed is a weapon. He stole a base, but his infield hit was unbelievable. A weak hit groundball to the pitcher, the pitcher running towards 1st base with an under hand toss to the 1st baseman and Darvill beat it out.
Soler could have easily had two hits, he hit a ball so hard right at the 3rd baseman in the 1st, all the 3rd baseman could do was protect himself, it hit his glove and was called a error.
Lendy Castillo was not impressive, threw way to many balls, behind in the count. Throwing some serious fastballs, just no control of the strike zone.
Bryant, what can you say? Looks like the real deal. He clouted one to dead center about 425 feet landing well past the wall. 1st inning single that knocked in the 1st run.
Most comical part of the evening was the Solar Sox Catcher, Angels prospect Jett Bandy, being introduced as a Cub.
Besides the bomb hit by Bryant, the most memorable part of the game was: Dave Stewart of Oakland A’s fame was sitting near us with two friends. My wife went up said hello & got his autograph.

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THE #1 question for the ’13/’14 Cubs: Tom are you a Monsanto guy or are you an Iowa guy? I got a feeling

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