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Watkins powers Mesa to a two-win weekend

Mesa’s winning ways continued into the weekend as the Solar Sox downed Salt River 7-5 on Friday and outslugged Peoria 11-8 on Saturday. In both games, Logan Watkins’ bat played a pivotal role.

On Friday, Watkins doubled in the top of the second and scored a batter later on a Brian Ward (Orioles) single. He also reached base on a single in the fifth to go 2-for-5 on the day.

Rubi Silva finished 0-for-4 with a run scored.

No Cubs pitchers threw on Friday.

In Saturday’s matchup, Watkins’ bat really got going. He singled in the third inning and then hit his first homer of the fall on a solo shot to right field in the fifth. In the seventh, he singled again, scoring Jonathan Schoop (Orioles) from third. Three batters later, Watkins scored from third on a George Springer (Astros) single. He finished the day 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Matt Szczur also contributed in Saturday’s victory, going 2-for-5 with a single, a double and a run scored.

Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and went two innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks. He struck out two.

The Cubs host Salt River on Monday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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Struck earns win in Watkins’ AFL debut

Mesa loaded up its lineup with Cubs prospects Monday night as the Solar Sox rallied in the seventh and earned a 5-4 win over Scottsdale.

Five Cubs farmhands got into the action. None of them fared better than the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck, who pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, allowing no hits, striking out two and walking just one batter. His efforts earned him his first win of the season.

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Cubs’ Rubi Silva ripped a one-out triple to center. Matt Szczur walked two batters later and Logan Watkins, making his fall league debut after replacing the injured Javier Baez, walked to load the bases. Silva scored when L.J. Hoes (Orioles) drew a walk, and Szczur scored to tie the game on Jonathan Singleton’s (Astros) free pass. Jonathan Schoop (Orioles) then drove in Watkins and Hoes with a two-out single to give Mesa the lead.

Silva finished the game 1-for-4 with a triple; Watkins was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks; and Szczur was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Starting pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee allowed two earned runs, giving up three hits and two walks in four innings for Mesa. He allowed just two hits in the first three innings before getting into trouble in the fourth. Rhee also struck out two batters.

Mesa hosts Surprise Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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Mesa falls, Baez likely done for AFL season

The Solar Sox lost a 7-2 decision to Surprise on Monday, dropping their record to 4-13, and got more bad news off the field.

The Cubs’ top prospect, Javier Baez, went to see a specialist to look at a possible fracture in his left thumb, an injury that will likely end his fall campaign. Mesa will now have to find a way to replace the league leader in home runs and RBI. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs believe the 19-year-old broke the tip of his thumb while celebrating on Saturday. The injury is not expected to impact Baez’s readiness for Spring Training in 2013.

On the field Monday, the Cubs struggled. Starter Dae-Eun Rhee allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks over three innings. He did strike out a pair.

Rubi Silva led off for Mesa, and recorded a hit and a walk in five at-bats, but he struck out in his other three appearances.

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

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Mesa splits weekend matchups

Mesa finally snapped its long losing streak Friday, taking down Scottsdale 8-4 in comeback fashion, but lost again Saturday to bring their record to 4-12.

Trailing 4-1 on Friday, Mesa scored seven runs after the fifth inning and cruised to the win.

Javier Baez started the comeback in the sixth with a two-run single, scoring Aaron Westlake and Jonathan Schoop. With the next batter—Cubs utilityman Rubi Silva—at the plate, Gorman Erickson stole home while Baez swiped second. Silva would later walk. Baez was 1-for-5. Silva finished 1-for-3 with a single and the aforementioned walk.

Matt Szczur entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and popped out to the shortstop in the eighth in his only at-bat of the day.

Cubs pitchers held down the fort late in the game. Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two, and Tony Zych allowed one hit and no runs in the ninth.

Though the Solar Sox dropped their Saturday game to Salt River 12-6—and were down 4-0 before they even got an at-bat—there were a few impressive Cubs performances.

In the bottom of the third, Matt Szczur ripped a triple to right. He was driven in two batters later on a Nick Castellanos sacrifice fly. In his next at-bat in the fifth, Szczur singled to right. Bobby Borchering hit a homer to score the pair a batter later. Szczur walked in the eighth but was caught stealing second to end the inning.

Baez was 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts before being replaced in the sixth inning by Silva, who went 0-for-3.

Nick Struck pitched the sixth inning for Mesa, allowing one run on one hit and two walks.

Mesa heads to Surprise Monday with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time. Cubs prospect Dae-Eun Rhee will start for the Solar Sox.

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Solar Sox earn 7-7 tie with Phoenix

Mesa had a 6-2 lead over Phoenix heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Marlins prospect Kyle Jensen ripped a 450-foot grand slam to center to tie the game. Each team tacked on one additional run, but the game was called a 7-7 tie after 11 innings.

For his second straight outing, Dae-Eun Rhee cruised through his first three innings before surrendering runs in the fourth. This time he gave up a pair—one on an RBI ground out and another on an inherited sacrifice fly after he left the game. He went 3.2 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. Of his 58 pitches, 43 were strikes.

Javier Baez drove in his 13th run of the fall on a single up the middle in the fifth. In the seventh, he reached on an error and scored two batters later on a Joc Pederson single. He finished the day 1-for-5 and committed two errors at third, bringing his total to nine.

Tony Zych pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and surrendered three hits.

The Solar Sox host Scottsdale on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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Late rally not enough for Solar Sox

Mesa scored three runs in the ninth to force extra innings, but Salt River’s Andy Wilkins hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th, prolonging the Solar Sox’s seven-game losing streak. Cubs prospects were heavily involved in the comeback, however.

Cubs shortstop Javier Baez kicked off the ninth with a single up the middle. He advanced to second on a passed ball, and then to third on a wild pitch. He would score two batters later on a two-RBI single by Brian Ward. Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur drove in pinch-hitter Joc Pederson from second on a single to left.

Szczur finished the day 2-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Baez went 1-for-5 and committed his seventh error of the fall league. Rubi Silva was also in the lineup. He went 0-for-4 with a walk.

Nick Struck lowered his ERA with a scoreless seventh inning, giving up just one hit. Kevin Rhoderick came in in the eighth and struck out two, allowing no runs, no hits and one walk.

Mesa heads to Phoenix Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 12:35. Cubs arm Dae-Eun Rhee is expected to start.

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Offensive woes continue for Solar Sox

Mesa’s offensive struggles continued Tuesday night, as the team fell 5-2 to Scottsdale on the road. Matt Szczur led off the game with a single but was caught stealing. He drew a walk in the top of the ninth and scored four batters later. He finished 1-for-3 on the night.

Dae-Eun Rhee made his second start of the fall and surrendered just two hits through the first three innings. But his solid outing was spoiled by a tough fourth. He opened up the frame allowing back-to-back singles. The base runners advanced on a balk. Angels first-rounder Caleb Cowart drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and Giants prospect Ricky Oropesa followed with a two-run homer. Rhee struck out four batters but was charged with three earned runs.

Tony Zych pitched another scoreless ninth inning, surrendering one hit.

Mesa hosts Scottsdale Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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Pitchers, Baez solid in Solar Sox loss

The Solar Sox were on the losing end of a 4-2 decision to Peoria Tuesday afternoon. But the Cubs organization can take solace in the pitching efforts of their farmhands, as well as Javier Baez’s work at the plate.

Baez was the lone Cub to record a hit for Mesa, finishing the day 2-for-4. He singled in the second inning, drove in a run on an RBI ground out in the sixth and singled to right field in the ninth. Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva both went 0-for-4. Silva struck out twice.

Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless fifth inning, striking out two and allowing one hit. Nick Struck pitched a hitless ninth.

Mesa heads to Scottsdale Wednesday night to take on the Scorpions, a team comprised of prospects from the Angels, Giants, Indians, Pirates and Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 local time, and Cubs farmhand Dae-Eun Rhee is projected to start for the Solar Sox.

How the Cubs have fared:

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

Solar Sox pick up first AFL win

Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos hit a homer in the top of the ninth to give Mesa its first win of the Fall League season, a 6-5 decision over the Surprise Saguaros. But there were plenty of Cubs farmhands who chipped in on the victory.

Matt Szczur led off for the Solar Sox for the third straight game. He walked in the top of the first, advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt, got to third on a ground ball to the first baseman and scored on a wild pitch. Szczur singled in his next at-bat and drove in a run on a groundout in his third plate appearance.

Top prospect Javier Baez bounced back from a shaky game on Tuesday with a pair of hits, including an RBI double in the fourth.

Reliever Tony Zych (1-0) earned the win, pitching a scoreless eighth inning and striking out one. Righty Dae-Eun Rhee didn’t have one of his better starts, giving up two runs on six hits in two innings pitched. But he did fan two batters.

Mesa hosts Surprise Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

On the season:

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

Mesa Solar Sox fall in home opener

It wasn’t the strongest game for Cubs prospects Wednesday afternoon as the Mesa Solar Sox dropped an 11-3 decision to Salt River. Matt Szczur led off the bottom of the first with a single into left field. After advancing to second on a walk, he swiped third for his first stolen base of the fall. He was left stranded and finished the day 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.

Rubi Silva batted second and recorded his only hit of the day on a soft grounder to the first baseman. He advanced to second on an error.

Cubs’ top prospect Javier Baez struggled Wednesday. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and left two on base. He also slid over from shortstop to third base, where he committed a pair of errors.

Cubs minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck walked three in relief duty but didn’t allow a run in 1.1 innings pitched. He also struck out one batter.

The Solar Sox head to Surprise today to take on the Saguaros at 12:35 local time. Surprise is comprised of prospects from the Cardinals, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox and Royals. Cubs farmhand Dae-Eun Rhee is projected to start for Mesa.

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