Cubs bats come alive in AFL victories

The weekend’s games were full of offense for the Mesa Solar Sox, who captured a 12-6 win over Surprise to kick off the weekend on Friday and an 8-3 decision on Saturday vs. Phoenix. And much of the teams’ offense came from the bats of the Cubs’ farmhands.

Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva saw action in the first game. Szczur went 2-for-5 with two hits and a pair of stolen bases. He also drove in an insurance run on a single in the seventh inning. Silva recorded a single in his first at-bat and stole second. He’d finish 1-for-5 with a run scored.

Kevin Rhoderick pitched the fourth inning for Mesa. He surrendered a home run to the leadoff hitter, and then fanned a pair of batters before recording a ground out.

Silva and Javier Baez were inserted into Saturday’s lineup. Silva led off for the Solar Sox and kick-started the game with a single to center. A Jonathan Singleton home run drove him in three batters later. In the fifth, he singled again, and was driven in on another home run, this time by Baez. He’d finish 2-for-5.

Baez only had one hit Saturday, but it was the aforementioned three-run shot that drove in the game-winning runs.

Nick Struck entered the game in the fourth inning. After striking out his first two batters, he surrendered a home run to right. The next hitter grounded out to short. Tony Zych closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, surrendering one hit.

After the first week of play, Baez leads the league in RBI with seven.

On Monday, the Solar Sox host Peoria, a squad comprised of prospects from the Mariners, Phillies, Padres, Reds and Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 local time.

For stats on the entire Mesa squad, check out’s Arizona Fall League page.

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