Results tagged ‘ Mesa Solar Sox ’

10/23 AFL update

Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-4 and Josh Vitters was hitless in four at-bats in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 6-2 loss to the Peoria Saguaros Friday in Arizona Fall League action. The Solar Sox play host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park Saturday night in Mesa. Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2009, was expected to play Monday for Mesa. He’s been sidelined with a sore heel.

— 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

10/20 AFL update

Josh Vitters was 2-for-5 with an RBI and Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-2 and scored two runs in the Mesa Solar Sox 6-5 win Tuesday over the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs prospect Jake Muyco started and gave up one run on four hits and two walks over three innings while David Cales, who played for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season, picked up the win, pitching two innings in relief. The Solar Sox face Scottsdale Wednesday night.

— Carrie Muskat

10/18 AFL update

Josh Vitters went 0-for-4 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 4-2 loss Monday to the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League action. Vitters was the designated hitter in the game, played at HoHoKam Stadium. On Tuesday, Mesa travels to Peoria to face the Javelinas and Cubs prospect Jake Muyco is scheduled to make his second AFL start. Outfielder Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the 2009 Draft, was to join the Solar Sox this week and could play in two to three days. He was with Team USA in the Pan Am qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico and limited to three games because of a sore heel.

— Carrie Muskat

10/17 AFL update

Cubs prospect Josh Vitters drove in four runs, including three on his first homer, to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat Peoria Saguaros, 10-1, on Saturday in an Arizona Fall League game in Mesa. Vitters, who started at third, hit a three-run homer in a six-run fourth inning and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Cubs pitching prospect Kyle Smit picked up the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings. The Solar Sox have Sunday off and resume play Monday against the Peoria Javelinas.

— Carrie Muskat

10/14 Josh Vitters update

One of the reasons the Cubs wanted Josh Vitters to play in the Arizona Fall League was to make up for time he missed after breaking his hand when he was hit by a pitch in July. The Cubs also are testing him at first base. Vitters, who was a third baseman when the team selected him first in the 2007 Draft, started Wednesday night at first for the Mesa Solar Sox. Last year, playing third at Class A Daytona, he made five errors in 28 games, and at Double-A Tennessee, committed 13 in 63 games. Maybe the switch to first will help Vitters’ career.

— Carrie Muskat

11/8 Rising Stars

Starlin Castro had two hits in Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game, played in Surprise. Castro’s East team scored seven runs in the first inning, but lost the game, 8-7, to the West. Cubs prospect Blake Parker pitched one inning in relief for the East.

The Mesa Solar Sox have Sunday off and return to action Monday, playing host to the Scottsdale Scorpions at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat

11/2 AFL update

Starlin Castro hit a two-run single in the fifth inning to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat the Peoria Saguaros, 7-2, on Monday in Arizona Fall League action. Castro is batting .423 in the AFL. Josh Vitters hit a triple for Mesa, and John Gaub struck out two in one inning of relief.

Catcher Michael Brenly, son of Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly, has joined the Solar Sox and was inserted as a defensive replacement in the ninth. The younger Brenly batted .265 this season at Class A Peoria.

— Carrie Muskat

10/29 AFL & winter ball update

Josh Vitters hit a RBI single in a five-run first inning to back Andrew Cashner and lead the Mesa Solar Sox to a 12-5 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League. Vitters, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2007, and Starlin Castro each had two hits and one RBIs. Cashner, the Cubs’ top pick in ’08, did not give up a run over four innings, striking out four and walking two.

In Venezuela, Robinson Chirinos had three hits including a three-run homer, to help Magallanes beat Caracas, 6-3, on Wednesday. Former Cubs pitcher Sean Gallagher, now with San Diego, picked up the win, pitching five innings.

— Carrie Muskat  

10/26 Winter ball update

Jeff Samardzija gave up four runs, five hits, and four walks over five innings in Mexicali’s 9-4 win over Navojoa on Sunday. Samardzija struck out three, and left with the game tied at 3. He did not get a decision. Brad Snyder hit a two-run single in the first and a RBI single in the eighth. Mexicali rallied with five runs in the eighth for the win. Samardzija was expected to make two more starts in the Mexican League.

In the Arizona Fall League, the Mesa Solar Sox play Phoenix on Monday. The AFL was off on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat