Over the last two days, plenty of players in the Cubs organization excelled in Caribbean League play. Cubs newcomer Carlos Pimentel picked up a win Wednesday in the Dominican, Walter Ibarra made an impact, and Luis Valbuena contributed in a double-header. Here are some other stat lines from action around the winter leagues.
Frank Batista, RHP – Batista pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Cibaenas Wednesday, giving up no hits.
Junior Lake, LF – On Wednesday, Lake had an RBI triple and a run scored for Estrellas. On Thursday, he finished 1-for-4 with a single.
Carlos Pimentel, RHSP – Pimentel continued a solid winter run, improving to 4-0 with a dominant effort for Escogido Wednesday. He pitched six scoreless innings, striking out seven, giving up two hits and walking one. The 24-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Cubs after spending 2013 with the Rangers.
Walter Ibarra, SS – Ibarra went 1-for-3 with a double Wednesday for Mazatlan. He also added a run scored. He continued his hitting ways with an RBI double on Thursday, driving in the Venados’ only run.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – On Wednesday, Mota recorded a single in three at-bats.
Rubi Silva, CF – Silva was hitless in four at-bats for Ponce, striking out three times Wednesday.
Yoanner Negrin, RHSP – Negrin pitched 4.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and a walk Wednesday, earning the loss for Caracas. He struck out one.
Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon had a rough inning of work, giving up two runs on three hits in a Caracas win Thursday. He had one strikeout.
Luis Valbuena, 2B – Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a single Thursday in the first game of a double-header for Lara. In Game Two, he went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
The Venezuelan league had the day off Tuesday, but Junior Lake delivered a three-hit performance for his side in the Dominican. Here are some results from yesterday’s action in the Caribbean.
Junior Lake, LF – Lake bounced back from a four-strikeout afternoon Monday to go 3-for-4 Tuesday with a double and an RBI. Estrellas fell 4-3.
Walter Ibarra, SS – Ibarra had a hit and drew a walk for Mazatlan Tuesday. The 25-year-old hit .276 in 58 games of combined Double- and Triple-A ball for the Yankees last year.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota went 1-for-4 with a run scored for Ponce in a 9-3 win.
The Venezuelan league’s one scheduled game was rained out, and the Mexican league had the day off Monday. Aside from Marcos Mateo earning his third save in four days, there weren’t many Cubs highlights in the Caribbean. But here are some notes from yesterday’s action.
Alberto Cabrera, RHP – Cabrera blew his first save of the winter, allowing one earned run on three hits in a Toros loss.
Junior Lake, OF – Lake struck out four times for Oriente.
Marcos Mateo, RHP – Mateo gave up a hit and a walk, but struck out the side to pick up his eighth save of the winter for Estrellas. He has a 0.98 ERA this offseason.
Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet had a single and a walk as Santurce picked up a win.
Frank Del Valle and Yoanner Negrin both pitched well in their starts over the holiday weekend, while Junior Lake and Edwin Maysonet contributed offensively for their respective teams. Here’s how the Cubs representatives fared this weekend in the Caribbean.
Alberto Cabrera, RHP – The Cubs reliever gave up an earned run in one inning pitched on Saturday. He struck out one batter.
Marcos Mateo, RHP – Mateo continues to be a reliable arm for Oriente, as he racked up his sixth and seventh saves of the winter on Friday and Saturday.
Junior Lake, LF – On Saturday, Lake went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, a walk and a run scored for Oriente. The Cubs outfielder added two more hits on Friday.
Edwin Maysonet, SS – In Friday’s game, Maysonet had a pair of hits, including a double and a run scored, for Santurce.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota was hitless in two official at-bats, but he drew a pair of walks and scored a run on Friday for Ponce.
Frank Del Valle, LHSP – Del Valle started for Margarita on Friday, going six innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out seven in a no-decision.
Yoanner Negrin, RHSP – Negrin got the start on Thursday for Caracas and picked up the win, going five innings and giving up no runs on three hits and striking out three.
Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon pitched the eighth inning for Caracas on Friday, giving up an earned run and striking out one in the win.
Edwin Maysonet carried his Santurce side to victory in Puerto Rican play and Jonathan Mota had a pair of base hits on Tuesday. Here are some notes from the action around the Caribbean.
Junior Lake, CF – Lake drew a walk but finished the day 0-for-3 in an Oriente loss.
Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley was given the loss, surrendering two earned runs on a hit and three walks in the top of the 11th inning, as Culiacan fell 5-3. Hatley’s ERA is now at 3.94.
Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet hit a grand slam for first homer of the winter and added a double in a 7-1 Santurce win. He finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota had a pair of singles and a walk, continuing his hot week for Ponce.
Rubi Silva, LF – Silva had a base hit, going 1-for-4 for Ponce Tuesday.
Both the Mexican and Venezuelan leagues had the day off Monday, while the Dominican league had just one game. Leones de Ponce teammates Jonathan Mota and Rubi Silva led their squad to victory in Puerto Rican action, and Junior Lake had another big day at the plate in a losing effort. Here are some notes from around the Caribbean.
Junior Lake, CF – Lake continued his tear, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in an Estrellas loss Monday. He’s hitting .361 on the season.
Marcos Mateo, RHP – Mateo pitched 0.2 innings, striking out two and giving up one hit in a losing effort.
Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet was hitless in three at-bats.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota finished 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in the Ponce win Monday.
Rubi Silva, DH – In five plate appearances, Silva reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a run scored for Ponce.
Cubs prospect Rubi Silva was the top performer this weekend in Puerto Rico. The outfielder, who spent all of 2013 with Double-A Tennessee, had five total hits over the weekend. Outfielder Junior Lake also had a few hits in two games, while Frank Del Valle got out of trouble in his Sunday start. Here are some notes from this weekend’s Caribbean League action.
Julio Borbon, PR – Borbon scored a run in a pinch-run appearance on Saturday but went hitless in three at-bats Friday for Licey.
Junior Lake, CF – Lake had a pair of hits with an RBI in an Estrellas loss Saturday. He added an RBI single and a walk in a loss Friday.
Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley blew his second save of the winter and was credited for a loss Saturday after surrendering two earned runs on two hits and two walks.
Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet had a single on Sunday for Santurce.
Rubi Silva, LF – Silva had a pair of hits (including a double), an RBI and a walk as Ponce picked up a win Sunday. On Saturday, Silva added three singles to his weekend tally, scoring two runs in a win. He owns a .343 average in Puerto Rico this winter.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota was hitless in three at-bats Sunday. He also went 0-for-5 Saturday with three strikeouts.
Frank Del Valle, LHSP – Del Valle got the start Sunday, going 3.2 innings and giving up one earned run on four hits and five walks. He struck out two and has a 2.00 ERA.
Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two while giving up a hit and two walks on Saturday.
Not a lot of Cubs were in action throughout the Caribbean on Wednesday, but a few had strong outings for their respective teams, including Junior Lake and Marcus Hatley. Below are some highlights from yesterday’s Caribbean action.
Julio Borbon, LF – Borbon was 0-for-5 in five at-bats for Licey.
Junior Lake, CF — Lake recorded a two-run double, his second of the winter for the Estellas. He also scored a run in the win.
Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley pitched a scoreless eighth inning, giving up no hits for Culiacan. His ERA is at 2.57.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota was hitless in three at-bats, drawing a walk in a 3-1 Ponce win.
Rubi Silva, LF – Silva went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts for Ponce.
The Solar Sox wrapped up their division Thursday with a 9-3 win over Glendale. Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler both had solid days at the plate. Mesa will take on Surprise Saturday in the AFL Championship Game. Edwin Maysonet had a pair of hits for his Puerto Rican side and Marcus Hatley racked up another save in Mexico. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.
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Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant walked in his first at-bat and reached base on a single in his third at-bat. He would later score on a Tyler Collins (Tigers) homer. Bryant walked again in the seventh and finished the game 1-for-3 with two walks.
Jorge Soler, RF – Soler singled in his first at-bat and reached on a fielding error in his second plate appearance. He then reached on a single past the shortstop in the top of the fifth. Collins would drive him in also on the home run as Soler finished the afternoon 2-for-5.
Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley racked up his fifth save of the winter, despite giving up a home run in a Culiacan win.
Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet had a pair of singles for Santurce, finishing 2-for-4 in a win.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota recorded an RBI double and scored a run for Ponce.
Mesa inched one game closer to wrapping up the division title with a 3-2 win Wednesday. Cubs prospect Matt Loosen started and picked up the win for the Solar Sox, and top prospects Albert Almora and Jorge Soler both recorded hits. Elsewhere, Junior Lake had a three-hit game in the Dominican. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.
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Albert Almora, CF – Almora led off the fourth inning with a single, but was thrown out stealing second. He went 1-for-4.
Wes Darvill, LF – Darvill went 0-for-3 at the plate Wednesday.
Matt Loosen, RHSP – It wasn’t the most efficient two innings, as Loosen gave up two hits and walked three. But he didn’t allow a runner to score and struck out one batter to earn his second win of the season (2-1). Loosen’s ERA is currently at 3.29.
Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero entered in the sixth and gave up no hits and one walk in a scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to 4.91.
Jorge Soler, DH – Soler drew a walk in his second at-bat and added a double, finishing 1-for-3 on the afternoon.
Junior Lake, CF – Lake had a big day, going 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of singles as Oriente picked up a 3-2 win.
Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet was hitless in five at-bats, while batting second for Santurce Wednesday.
Jonathan Mota, 3B/1B – Mota went 0-for-3, but drew a pair of walks for Ponce.
Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon gave up two earned runs on three hits in the ninth inning, but still recorded the win for Caracas.