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10/12 AZ Fall League update

The Mesa Solar Sox edged Surprise, 6-5, on Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. Javier Baez, the Cubs’ top prospect who started at shortstop, hit a RBI double and now is 4-for-13 (.308) in three games. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs on six hits and struck out two over two innings. Matt Szczur also started for Mesa, and was 1-for-4 with one RBI and scored a run. He’s 2-for-10 with one RBIs in three games. Tony Zych picked up the win in relief. He’s thrown 1 1/3 hitless innings in two games in relief, striking out two.

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— Carrie Muskat

9/2 Minor League report

Logan Watkins hit his ninth home run but it wasn’t enough as Pensacola beat Tennessee, 3-2, on Saturday. Matt Szczur had a two-hit game, and scored a run. Eric Jokisch started and gave up one run over five innings, striking out five.

Matt Loosen gave up one run over five innings and picked up the win in Daytona’s 4-2 victory over Brevard County. John Andreoli hit his first home run, and stole two bases. A.J. Morris picked up the save.

Jeffry Antigua gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 6-5 loss to Kane County. Bijan Rademacher had three RBIs and stole a base. Justin Berg threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

Boise finished the regular season with a 12-11 walkoff wiin, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat Everett. Stephen Bruno won the league batting title, finishing at .361. Daniel Vogelbach had three hits and three rBIs. Rafael Diplan picked up the win in relief. Ian Dickson started and gave up four earned runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Iowa and Mesa have wrapped up their seasons.

— Carrie Muskat

8/29 AZ Fall League roster

Javier Baez, Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva are among the Cubs prospects who will play in the Arizona Fall League. Baez was the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2011. The trio will be joined on the Mesa Solar Sox by pitchers Dae-Eun Rhee, Nick Struck, Tony Zych, and Zach Rosscup. Kevin Rhoderick will be on the taxi squad.

The Arizona Fall League celebrates its 20th anniversary season in 2012. Opening Day is Oct. 9. The six-team league, owned and operated by MLB, plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) in six Cactus League stadiums in the Phoenix area, including the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Hohokam Stadium.

— Carrie Muskat

8/12 Minor League report

Friday’s games

Tony Campana had two hits in Iowa’s 4-3 loss to Las Vegas on Friday. Greg Rohan drove in two runs. Blake Lalli tied the game in the ninth with a RBI double.

Matt Szczur had two hits add one RBI in Tennessee’s 4-3 loss to Huntsville. Trey McNutt made his ninth relief appearance and gave up an unearned run on one hit over two innings.

Micah Gibbs had two hits and two RBIs in Daytona’s 8-5 loss to Dunedin.

Jorge Soler made his debut for Peoria and drove in two runs in a 10-5 loss to Burlington.

Daniel Vogelbach hit two home runs, his second straight multi-homer game, in Boise’s 11-8 win over Everett. He drove in five runs and was batting .381. Jeimer Candelario had four hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs. Marco Hernandez also homered, his fourth.

Duane Underwood walked two in one inning in Mesa’s 7-3 loss to the Rangers. Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits and two RBIs and Albert Almora extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Saturday’s games

Iowa’s game Saturday in Las Vegas was suspended after four innings because of rain.

Dae-Eun Rhee threw six shutout innings in Tennessee’s 2-0 win over Huntsville. Matt Szczur had two hits and Jae-Hoon Ha and Michael Brenly each drove in a run.

Daytona’s game against Dunedin was postponed because of rain.

Jorge Soler hit his first home run for Peoria, a grand slam, in a 5-3 win over Beloit. Soler connected in the third inning. Wes Darvill had three hits and Luis Liria picked up the win in relief.

Daniel Vogelbach extended his hitting streak to 11 games in Boise’s 4-1 win over Salem-Keizer. He has driven in a run in seven straight games. Trey Martin had two hits and one RBIs.

Albert Almora had three hits and one RBIs in Mesa’s 8-3 win over the Angels. Trevor Gretzky had two hits and two RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat 

5/23 Minor League report – Tuesday’s games

Anthony Rizzo tied an Iowa Cubs franchise record by scoring five runs and hit his 15th homer to back Chris Volstad and lift the Triple-A team to an 18-8 win over Tacoma. Rizzo was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and now has 42 RBIs for the season. Volstad, making his first start for the Iowa Cubs, gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings and struck out six. Three of the runs came in one inning. Luis Valbuena also had three hits and homered.

Junior Lake had three hits including his second homer in Tennessee’s 4-3 loss to Mobile. Jeff Antigua gave up two runs on six hits over four innings. Justin Bour had three hits and a stolen base.

P.J. Francescon, making his first start for Daytona, gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits over six innings in a 6-5 win in 10 innings over St. Lucie. Greg Rohan and Nelson Perez each homered. Matt Szczur had two hits and stole a base.

Peoria had the day off and opens a series Wednesday against Clinton.

— Carrie Muskat

5/17 Minor League report

Iowa had Wednesday off and will open a series against Salt Lake in Des Moines on Thursday. Lefty Travis Wood is scheduled to start.

Tennessee also had Wednesday off and will begin a series Thursday at Mississippi. Brooks Raley was slated to start for the Smokies.

Matt Loosen gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Brevard County in the first game of a doubleheader. Matt Szczur was 2-for-4 with a triple. The second game was postponed because of inclement weather.

Michael Jensen gave up four runs, none earned, on six hits over five innings in Peoria’s 5-4 loss to Clinton. Ryan Cuneo had three hits and three RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

4/28 Minor League report

Iowa’s game vs. Nashville on Friday was postponed because of the weather and will be made up June 9 as part of a doubleheader.

Trey McNutt, making his first start since being activated from the disabled list, gave up one hit over three innings in Tennessee’s 3-0 loss to Jackson. Nate Samson and Elliot Soto each had two hits.

Eric Jokisch struck out eight and gave up one earned run on nine hits over seven innings in Daytona’s 4-3 loss to Clearwater. Matt Szczur hit a double and scored a run, and Greg Rohan had two hits.

P.J. Francescon gave up two hits over six scoreless innings and struck out eight in Peoria’s 3-0 win over Lake County. Francescon struck out eight. Paul Hoilman gave him a cushion with a two-run homer in the first.

— Carrie Muskat

3/3 Outfield play

Not to take anything away from Matt Szczur, but one of the reasons he was able to score from second Friday on a sacrifice fly to right was because right fielder David DeJesus’ hand got stuck in the wire mesh fence. DeJesus left middle finger got caught in the fence as he went back for the ball. Cubs third base coach Pat Listach saw that DeJesus was having trouble and waved Szczur home. DeJesus was fine on Saturday, wearing a bandage on his finger.

Just wait until DeJesus gets to Wrigley Field and has to deal with the brick and ivy.

“I can’t wait,” DeJesus said Saturday.

“When you hit those vines, all you feel is brick,” Marlon Byrd said.

— Carrie Muskat

3/2 Friday roundup & Saturday’s lineups

Matt Szczur drove in six runs, hitting a grand slam and two-run double, and scored from second on a sacrifice fly as the Blue team beat the White team, 10-4, in the Cubs intrasquad game Friday at HoHoKam Park. Szczur said it was his first slam since Little League. Brett Jackson hit a leadoff homer and RBI double and Tony Campana had three hits and scored three runs for the Blue team, which was “managed” by Spring Training guest coach Rick Sutcliffe.

Travis Wood, battling for one of the two openings in the rotation, started for the White team, and gave up six runs on six hits, including the two homers, over three innings. Randy Wells, also competing for a starter spot, gave up three runs on four hits over three innings for the Blue squad.

For those of you who like to look ahead to Saturday’s Cubs intrasquad game at HoHoKam Park, here are the lineups:

White Team

CF Sappelt

3B Cardenas

1B Rizzo

DH Clevenger

C Gibbs

SS Mota

LF Szczur

2B Scales

RF Jackson

Blue Team

LF Campana

RF Adduci


1B Mather

C Castillo

SS Gonzalez

2B Amezaga

3B Tolbert

DH Lalli

— Carrie Muskat

2/28 Maholm’s back; bunting tourney continues

Paul Maholm was back in the Cubs clubhouse, feeling much better after a nasty bout with the flu. The pitcher couldn’t eat for two days but said the problem was “nothing major.” He did throw a 40-pitch bullpen on Monday and then went home so he didn’t infect the rest of the team. On Tuesday, Maholm will face Rodrigo Lopez in his first round bunting tourney match.

“I guess we’ll be the marquee matchup,” Maholm said.

Second bunting round action on Tuesday includes:

Matt Szczur vs. Adrian Cardenas

Jeff Beliveau vs. Lendy Castillo

Jonathan Mota vs. Blake Lalli

Trey McNutt vs. Rafael Dolis

— Carrie Muskat