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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

11/2 Carpenter, Vitters named to AFL Stars Game

Cubs prospects Chris Carpenter and Josh Vitters will play for the East Division squad Saturday in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. The game will be played at Surprise Stadium and televised by the MLB Network. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro played in the game last year. Carpenter, a right-handed pitcher, and Vitters, a third baseman, are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. Carpenter was a third-round pick in 2008, while Vitters was the No. 1 pick in 2007.

– Carrie Muskat

10/28 AFL update

Brett Jackson hit a two-run single in a four-run fifth inning and stole a base in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 7-6 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions in Arizona Fall League action Wednesday. Jackson is the Cubs’ 2009 No. 1 Draft pick. Kyle Smit, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal, picked up the win in relief, getting three ground outs in the seventh. David Cales and Chris Carpenter, also Cubs prospects, pitched in the game. Both Cales and Carpenter pitched at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. The Solar Sox play host to the Peoria Javelinas on Thursday at HoHoKam Stadium.

– Carrie Muskat

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

10/13 AFL update

Mesa Solar Sox manager Casey Kopitzke, who managed the Cubs’ Class A Peoria team, posted an 8-3 win on Tuesday over the Phoenix Desert Dogs and manager Don Mattingly in the Arizona Fall League opener. The Solar Sox, who have seven Cubs prospects on the roster, will face the Desert Dogs again Wednesday night at HoHoKam Park in Mesa (6:35 p.m. Arizona time).

The Cubs pitchers slated to go include Jake Muyco, a converted catcher; plus David Cales, Chris Carpenter and Kyle Smit, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal. Also, third baseman Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2007, may play. He missed most of the 2010 season because of a broken hand.

– Carrie Muskat

10/12 Arizona Fall League

The Mesa Solar Sox opened the Arizona Fall League season on Tuesday against the Phoenix Desert Dogs. None of the Cubs’ prospects were in the Sox’s starting lineup but on Wednesday night at HoHoKam Park, expect to see pitchers Jake Muyco, Chris Carpenter, Kyle Smith and David Cales all get some innings. Third baseman Josh Vitters, who missed most of the season because of a broken hand, also was expected to be in the lineup. Former Cubs catcher Casey Kopitzke is the Solar Sox manager.

– Carrie Muskat

9/16 Tennessee update

Chris Carpenter gave up five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Double-A Tennessee’s 7-6 loss to Jacksonville Wednesday in the Southern League playoffs. The best-of-five championship series is tied at one win apiece and will resume Friday in Jacksonville. Brandon Guyer hit a solo homer in the third to pull the Smokies within 4-3. The Smokies did escape a bases-loaded situation in the sixth when Marco Carillo got Ryan Curry to pop up after a 10-pitch at-bat. Tony Campana hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth to tie the game at 6 but it wasn’t enough.

– Carrie Muskat

9/10 Tennessee wins, 11-1

Tony Thomas and Matthew Spencer each drove in three runs to power Tennessee to an 11-1 victory Friday night over West Tenn and even the Southern League playoffs at one win apiece. Robinson Chirinos hit a leadoff homer in the sixth and Thomas added a two-run blast that inning. Thomas also hit a RBI single in the seventh. Spencer hit a three-run homer in the eighth and Brett Jackson added a solo shot. Chris Carpenter picked up the win, striking out eight and giving up one run (unearned) on four hits over six innings.

– Carrie Muskat

9/10 Smokies lose opener

Russ Canzler hit a two-run homer but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 8-3 to West Tenn in the first game of the Southern League North Division playoffs. Chris Archer took the loss, giving up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks in three innings. The two teams meet again Friday with Chris Carpenter (8-6, 3.16 ERA) facing Anthony Vasquez (2-3, 2.61 ERA).

– Carrie Muskat

9/9 Smokies roster moves

Pitchers Chris Carpenter and Luke Sommer, catcher Robinson Chirinos, and infielder DJ Le Mahieu were added to the Double-A Tennessee roster Thursday in time for the start of the playoff opener against West Tenn.

LeMahieu has spent the entire season at Class A Daytona, batting .314 with two home runs and 73 RBIs. Carpenter and Chirinos played for both Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this year. Sommer began the year in Daytona, then moved up to Tennessee and before being bumped up again to Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

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