Results tagged ‘ Mesa Solar Sox ’

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

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

11/2 AFL update

Cubs 2007 No. 1 pick Josh Vitters hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his second in the Arizona Fall League, to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat the Peoria Saguaros, 15-1, on Monday. Vitters added a RBI single in the fifth and now is batting .255. Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBIs and was hitting .367. The Solar Sox and Saguaros square off again Tuesday in Peoria.

— Carrie Muskat

10/31 AFL update

Cubs prospect Jake Muyco served up four runs on seven hits over four innings and took the loss in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 12-6 loss Saturday to Phoenix in Arizona Fall League Play. Muyco, a converted catcher, struck out four but also gave up two home runs, both to Cory Harrilchak, who connected in the second and the fourth. Chris Carpenter gave up four runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning and Kyle Smit was charged with one hit and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-4 and Josh Vitters 2-for-5 with one RBI, hitting a RBI single in the eighth. The Solar Sox have Sunday off and return to action Monday, playing host to the Peoria Saguaros at HoHoKam Stadium.

— Carrie Muskat

10/30 AFL update

Brett Jackson was 0-for-2 and Ryan Flaherty 1-for-3 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 9-1 loss to Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League play on Friday. The Solar Sox play host to Phoenix on Saturday, and Jake Muyco, a catcher converting to pitcher, was slated to start. In three starts so far, he’s given up 10 earned runs on 16 hits and four walks over 8 2/3 innings for a 10.38 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat

10/29 AFL update

Josh Vitters scored a run and stole a base but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 6-4 to the Peoria Javelinas on Thursday in Arizona Fall League Play. Vitters is batting .222 so far while teammate Ryan Flaherty is batting .289 and riding a five-game hitting streak. Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the 2009 Draft, is 3-for-10 with a double and five RBIs in three AFL games. The Solar Sox play at Scottsdale against the Scorpions Friday night.

— Carrie Muskat

10/27 AFL update

Cubs prospect Josh Vitters went 2-for-6 with two doubles and one RBI and scored two runs in Mesa’s 18-9 victory over the Peoria Saguaros on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Vitters doubled in the second but was stranded and then hit a RBI double in the third. Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-5 and scored two runs in the win. The Saguaros committed six errors in the game but Josh Harrison was the star. The Pirates’ prospect went 4-for-5, including a home run and two doubles, drove in three runs, and scored five. Mesa plays host to Scottsdale Wednesday at HoHoKam Stadium.

— Carrie Muskat

10/26 AFL update

Brett Jackson went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Ryan Flaherty added a RBI single in the third Monday but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-6 to the Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs pitcher Jake Muyco took the loss in 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits, including two home runs. Jackson, playing his second game with the Solar Sox, hit a RBI single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. On Tuesday, Mesa travels to Peoria to face the Saguaros.

— Carrie Muskat


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