Results tagged ‘ Mesa Solar Sox ’

10/25 AFL & winter ball update

Cubs prospect Blake Parker blew a save Saturday but ended up with the win as the Mesa Solar Sox rallied for a 4-3, 10-inning win over Surprise. Parker served up back to back homers to Mets first-round pick Ike Davis and Yankees prospect Brandon Laird in the ninth, but the Solar Sox won the game on a two-out solo homer by David Cooper in the 10th.

Sunday is an off day in the Arizona Fall League, and the Solar Sox return to action Monday at Phoenix.

* In the Mexican League, Matt Camp posted his second three-hit game, scored two runs and drove in two in Mexicali’s 9-7 loss to Navojoa on Saturday. Camp, who was the Cubs’ 13th round pick in 2006 and converted to an infielder prior to the ’09 season, now is hitting .750.

* In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes threw five scoreless innings, giving up eight hits, for Caracas in a 9-0 win over Magallanes. Mathes now is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos hit a double for Magallanes in the game. Chirinos batted .300 in 69 games with Class A Daytona this season and .257 in 12 games for Double-A Tennessee. Second baseman Jonathan Mota was batting .350 for Aragua in Venezuela.

– Carrie Muskat

10/24 AFL & winter ball update

In the Arizona Fall League, Starlin Castro walked twice and scored two runs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 11-10 loss to the Peoria Saguaros on Friday. Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 for Mesa, which will travel to Surprise on Saturday.

In the Mexican League, Cubs prospect Brian Schlitter blew a save but picked up the win in Mexicali’s 10-inning 9-8 win over Navojoa on Friday. Matt Camp went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and scored three runs. He’s batting .389. Brad Snyder was 4-for-5 with two RBIs for Mexicali, which is managed by Iowa Cubs skipper Bobby Dickerson.

In Venezuela, Andres Blanco drove in two runs in a six-run 13th inning, hitting his second triple of the game, to lead Magallanes to a 10-4 victory over La Guaira on Thursday. Blanco also doubled and scored twice.

– Carrie Muskat

10/23 AFL update

Andrew Cashner, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2008, gave up one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings Thursday to take the loss in the Mesa Solar Sox’s loss to Scottsdale. Cashner struck out one, and now is 0-2 in Arizona Fall League play.

Reliever John Gaub, whom the Cubs acquired in the Mark DeRosa deal, was hit hard, giving up four runs on four hits over one inning.

Starlin Castro was the DH Thursday, and went 1-for-4 with a double. He’s batting .481 in the AFL. On Friday, Mesa plays at Peoria, AZ, against the Saguaros.

– Carrie Muskat

10/21 AFL & Samardzija update

Starlin Castro went 4-for-5 with one RBI and scored two runs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 14-10 loss to the Peoria Javelinas Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Castro, 19, was batting .522 so far. The Solar Sox travel to Scottsdale on Wednesday.

In the Mexican League on Tuesday, Jeff Samardzija gave up four unearned runs over three innings in Mexicali’s 6-4 win over Guasave. Samardzija was making his third start, and he walked one, gave up four hits, and struck out six. He now has a 1.38 ERA in three games.

– Carrie Muskat

10/18 AFL update

Cubs prospect Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer in a five-run seventh inning to spark the Mesa Solar Sox to a 6-4 win Saturday night over the Peoria Saguaros in Arizona Fall League play. John Gaub, whom the Cubs acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade with Cleveland, picked up the win in relief, and Blake Parker, who had 22 saves at Triple-A Iowa, notched a save.

The Solar Sox have Sunday off and resume play Monday, playing host to the Peoria Javelinas at HoHoKam Park.

– Carrie Muskat

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