Szczur’s big day not enough for Mesa

Despite Matt Szczur’s offensive display, a four-run sixth inning was the difference as Peoria pulled away from Mesa, handing the Solar Sox a 7-3 loss Thursday afternoon. On the plus side, the Cubs center field prospect had his most productive day at the dish this fall.

In the bottom of the third inning, Szczur hit his first home run of the AFL season on a line drive to left field off Reds righty Tim Crabbe. In the bottom of the fifth, with runners on first and third, he ripped a line drive into center field to score Astros prospect Bobby Borchering. He recorded another single in the seventh, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and a run scored.

Cubs righty Tony Zych got the ball in the ninth, surrendering one run on two hits and a walk.

Mesa heads to Peoria on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

Injury Report: Jed Hoyer told ESPN yesterday that top prospect Javier Baez will officially be out for the rest of the fall with a nondisplaced fracture at the tip of his left thumb.

How the Cubs have fared:

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