Results tagged ‘ Matt Loosen ’

11/14 AFL and winter league update

Arizona Fall League

Matt Loosen gave up two hits over two scoreless innings and Jorge Soler hit a double in a 3-2 win over Glendale on Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Albert Almora started and also had a hit. The Solar Sox play the final regular season game Thursday at Glendale and it’s a must-win if they want to get to the championship game.

Salt River rallied to win Wednesday with an 8-5 victory over Scottsdale, which means the Rafters trail Mesa by a half game in the East Division. To win the division, Salt River needs to beat Scottsdale on Thursday and for Mesa to lose to Glendale.

Winter League

* Junior Lake was 3-for-5 with a home run for Estrellas in a 5-4, 10-inning win over Aguilas.

* Daniel Bard had another rough outing. In his second game in relief for Caguas, he walked three of the four batters he faced, and all three scored. Caguas rallied for a 6-5, 13-inning win over Ponce.

— Carrie Muskat

11/8 AFL and winter ball

Arizona Fall League

* Albert Almora was 2-for-5 with one RBI in Mesa’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to Glendale on Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. Travis Mattair hit a walkoff RBI single off Cubs prospect Matt Loosen with one out in the 11th. On Friday, Mesa plays host to Surprise at HoHoKam Stadium.

Winter ball

* Junior Lake was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs for Estrellas which lost 8-4 to Aguilas on Thursday in the Dominican Winter League. Former Cubs outfielder Felix Pie homered with one out in the fourth, and Lake followed with his first home run.

* Daniel Bard is pitching in Puerto Rico this winter, and had a rough outing in his first appearance on Tuesday. The right-hander hit three batters, walked another and threw a wild pitch. Two runs scored off Bard, who failed to retire a batter.

— Carrie Muskat

11/5 AFL and Winter Leagues

Arizona Fall League

* Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat Salt River 5-4 Monday night in a rain-shortened Arizona Fall League game. Yes, it rains in Arizona. Cubs pitching prospect Matt Loosen picked up the win in relief. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox — or “Soler Sox” — play at Salt River, and that game will be broadcast on MLB Network at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Winter Leagues

* Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Licey’s 2-1 win over Aguilas in Dominican Winter League play.

* Christian Villanueva was batting .245 in 14 games in the Mexican Winter League with two home runs and three doubles.

* Hector Rondon has not given up a run in five innings over five games in relief in the Venezuelan Winter League, and has walked one and struck out five.

* Marcus Hatley has given up one earned run over 8 2/3 innings in nine games in relief in the Mexican Winter League. Hatley has struck out 14 and walked two.

— Carrie Muskat

10/24 AFL update

Jorge Soler was 3-for-4, hitting a two-run single in the first, to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat the Scottsdale Scorpions 7-4 on Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. Three Cubs prospects pitched in the game, including starter Dallas Beeler, who gave up two runs on four hits over four innings. Matt Loosen followed and served up one run on two hits over two innings. Lendy Castillo walked two and struck out one in one inning of relief. On Friday, Mesa faces the Peoria Javelinas at Surprise Stadium.

10/20 AFL update

Sunday is an off day for the Arizona Fall League, but games will resume on Monday. The Mesa Solar Sox play host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park at 12:35 p.m. MT. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is batting .423 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in six AFL games with the Solar Sox so far, while teammate Albert Almora is batting .417 with one home run, four doubles and eight RBIs in five games. Wes Darvill is 3-for-12 in four games, while Jorge Soler is batting .229 (8-for-35) with five RBIs in seven games.

Among the Cubs pitching prospects on the Solar Sox, Dallas Beeler has made two starts, and given up four earned runs over six innings, whlie Matt Loosen has appeared in three games and served up two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Lendy Castillo has given up one earned run over four innings in four games, and Armando Rivero has given up two earned runs over four innings in four games.

8/27 Minor matters

Yoanner Negrin threw his first complete game, giving up one run on six hits and striking out six to help Iowa beat Omaha, 2-1. Ty Wright had three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI.

Matt Loosen threw seven shutout innings and Javier Baez hit his 18th home run to help Tennessee beat Mobile, 6-0, and clinch the Southern League second-half title. The Smokies are headed to the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Baez homered for the fourth time in his last six games, and finished with four RBIs. He’s batting .390 this month. Matt Szczur scored two runs.

Daytona’s game against Dunedin was suspended in the top of the fourth. The game was to be completed Tuesday.

James Pugliese gave up three runs over six innings in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Wisconsin. Wilson Contreras had three hits and a stolen base. With the loss, the Cougars (52-76) have tied a franchise record for losses in a season set by the 1992 team that finished 61-76.

Boise moved into a three-way tie in the Northwest League South Division with a 4-3 win over Hillsboro. Kevin Encarnacion hit a solo home run, his sixth. Shawon Dunston and Dan Lockhart each drove in a run.

Mesa’s game against the Giants was cancelled because of rain.

8/26 Smokies win

Javier Baez hit his 18th home run and drove in four runs to back Matt Loosen and help Tennessee beat Mobile, 6-0, on Monday to clinch the second half North Division and a spot in the Southern League playoffs. Loosen gave up three hits and walked three over seven innings, striking out six.

8/3 Vogelbach, Loosen honored

The Cubs named Class A Kane County first baseman Dan Vogelbach and Double-A Tennessee right-handed pitcher Matt Loosen as the Minor League player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively. Vogelbach, 20, batted .330 with four doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI, a .417 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging mark in 27 July games. He drew 17 walks compared to 12 strikeouts and scored 15 runs. Among Midwest League hitters, Vogelbach ranks tied for third in home runs, tied for fourth in total bases (183) and ninth in RBI.

Loosen, 24, combined to go 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA (4 ER/37 1/3 IP) in six July starts between Class A Daytona and Tennessee, holding opponents to a .162 batting average while striking out 33 and walking 14. On July 8 at Dunedin, he threw Daytona’s first nine-inning no-hitter in 17 years. Loosen, who started the year with Tennessee, was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA, two complete game shutouts and 56 strikeouts in nine starts with Daytona from June 7-July 26 before he began his second stint at the Double-A level, July 27. He closed out his stretch with Daytona by going 5-0 with a 0.60 ERA (3 ER/45 IP) in his final seven starts, allowing just three extra-base hits in that span (two doubles, one triple).