Results tagged ‘ Arizona Fall League ’

11/16 AFL update

Jake Muyco lasted two innings, giving up six runs on five hits, including a grand slam by Cale Iorg, in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 7-2, seven-inning loss to Surprise on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Josh Vitters was 1-for-4. Mesa travels to Scottsdale Wednesday.

– Carrie Muskat

11/15 AFL update

Josh Vitters and Ryan Flaherty both went 1-for-4 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-5 tie with Phoenix on Monday in Arizona Fall League play. Vitters hit a double in the fourth, his sixth. David Cales pitched in relief and helped the Solar Sox escape a jam in the fourth. He now has a 1.80 ERA. Mesa scored two runs in the ninth to tie the game. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox travel to Surprise.

– Carrie Muskat

11/12 AFL update

Ryan Flaherty hit a RBI single in the second inning in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 2-2 tie with Phoenix Friday in Arizona Fall League action. Flaherty’s RBI hit gave the Solar Sox a 2-0 lead but Phoenix tied the game in their half on a ground-rule RBI double by Ivan DeJesus Jr. and a sacrifice fly by Caleb Joseph. Cubs prospect David Cales gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in one inning of relief. He has a 1.93 ERA. The Solar Sox travel to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Javelinas on Saturday.

– Carrie Muskat

11/11 AFL update

Josh Vitters went 2-for-4, hitting a two-run double in the fifth, and Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-5 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 9-6 loss Wednesday to Phoenix in Arizona Fall League play. Jake Muyco started and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. Chris Carpenter pitched 1 2/3 innings, and gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. Kyle Smit took the loss as he was charged with three runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. All the runs came in the eighth as Matt Wallach led off with a home run and Michael Taylor hit a two-run double. Smit, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal, had given up only three runs in 10 innings over seven outings prior to Wednesday’s game. On Thursday, the Solar Sox travel to Surprise.

– Carrie Muskat

11/10 AFL update

The Mesa Solar Sox rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to beat the Surprise Rafters, 7-5, in Arizona Fall League play Tuesday. The Pirates’ Andrew Lambo hit a walkoff grand slam for the win. Ryan Flaherty was the only Cubs prospect to play, and he entered as a pinch-runner and scored. He’s batting .317, including a .409 average with runners on. The Solar Sox play host to Phoenix on Wednesday, and Cubs prospect Jake Muyco (0-2, 9.18 ERA) is slated to start.

– Carrie Muskat 

11/9 AFL update

Cubs prospect David Cales pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief Monday in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 8-3 loss to the Scottsdale Scorpions in Arizona Fall League play. Cales, a Chicago native who graduated from Mount Carmel High School, walked one and struck out two of the five batters he faced. He now has a 2.16 ERA. Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-3, and is batting .317. The Solar Sox play host to Surprise on Tuesday at HoHoKam Stadium.

– Carrie Muskat

11/6 AFL Rising Stars game

Cubs prospect Chris Carpenter struck out two and gave up one hit in one inning of relief work in the “Rising Stars” Arizona Fall League game Saturday night in Surprise, Ariz. Carpenter threw 20 pitches, 14 for strikes. Josh Vitters entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and went 0-for-2. The West squad beat the East, 3-2, on Tampa Bay’s Leslie Anderson’s walkoff homer. The AFL squads have Sunday off. On Monday, the Mesa Solar Sox faces the Scottsdale Scorpions.

– Carrie Muskat

11/5 AFL update

Kyle Smit was charged with a blown save but wound up with the win in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 7-4 victory Thursday over the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play. Jake Muyco, who split the season between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, started the game and gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. Chris Carpenter pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Smit entered the game in the seventh with a 4-3 lead. He gave up a leadoff single but got the next batter to hit into a double play. Cord Phelps then homered, his first, to tie the game at 4. The Solar Sox rallied with three runs in their half of the seventh. Chicago native David Cales, who played at Tennessee and Iowa this season, took over in the eighth for Smit (3-1, 2.70 ERA) and was credited with a hold. Smit was acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt trade last July. The Solar Sox travel to Surprise Friday, and on Saturday, Carpenter and Josh Vitters were scheduled to play in the Rising Stars game.

– Carrie Muskat

11/4 AFL update

Ryan Flaherty was hitless in four at-bats in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 11-2 loss Wednesday to the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League action. Flaherty, though, ranks among the top 16 hitters in the AFL, batting .340. He’s also batting .474 with runners on base. The Solar Sox are scheduled to play host to the Peoria Javelinas at HoHoKam Stadium on Thursday with right-hander Jake Muyco (0-2, 9.95 ERA) to start.

– Carrie Muskat

11/2 Brett Jackson sidelined

Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2009 who was playing in the Arizona Fall League, is done for the year after being hospitalized with a bacterial infection in his right shin. Jackson, 22, had joined the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League in late October after participating in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico. He was limited to three games for Team USA because of a minor ankle injury. The outfielder appeared in four games with the Solar Sox and had one double and five RBIs. His last game was Friday when he was pulled after two at-bats.

Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said Tuesday that Jackson had to be hospitalized in Mesa, Ariz., because of cellulitis with an abscess in his shin, which is similar to a staph infection. Jackson was expected to be released Wednesday. Fleita said Jackson will go home later this week but come back to Mesa, Ariz., in January to workout with other Cubs players in preparation for the 2011 season.

This year, Jackson batted .316 with six homers, 19 doubles and 38 RBIs in 37 games with Class A Daytona and hit .276 with 13 doubles, six triples, six homers and 28 RBIs in 61 games with Double-A Tennessee.

– Carrie Muskat


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