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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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Javier Baez homers in Mesa loss

Mesa continued its losing streak, dropping an 8-2 matchup to Peoria Thursday afternoon.

Javier Baez hit his league-tying fourth home run of the fall with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He also leads the league with 14 RBI. Baez scored the games’ first run in the fifth inning after drawing a walk, stealing second, getting to third on an error and then stealing home when pitcher Josh Spence made a move to first. He finished the day 1-for-3.

Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva each went 0-for-4 and no Cubs pitchers threw Thursday.

Mesa heads to Scottsdale Friday with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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Bullpen falters in Mesa loss

Mesa held a two-run lead heading into the ninth, but Cubs farmhand Kevin Rhoderick couldn’t close the door as the Solar Sox fell 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.

Rhoderick, a right-hander who had a 1.59 ERA in 5.2 fall innings prior to Wednesday’s game, surrendered a walk to the second batter he faced. A single put men on first and second before Chris Dominguez ripped a homer to left. Rhoderick retired the next two batters in order, but the damage was done.

Cubs righty and minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck also got a chance to pitch, giving up no hits, no walks and striking out three over two scoreless innings.

Matt Szczur led off the fifth inning with a single and scored on a Rafael Ynoa triple to center. He finished the day 1-for-4 with a walk.

Rubi Silva also recorded a hit—a single in the sixth—in four at-bats.

Mesa hosts Peoria Thursday 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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Early deficits too much for Solar Sox to overcome

Mesa’s struggles continued this weekend, though it wasn’t for a lack of offense. On Friday the Solar Sox were on the losing end of a 10-6 decision to Phoenix and followed that up Saturday with a 16-10 loss to Surprise.

In Friday’s contest, Rubi Silva entered the game in the sixth, and tripled to center in the eighth, scoring Gorman Erickson from second. He was ejected from the game in the ninth inning.

Matt Szczur went 0-for-5 while Baez was 0-for-4.

Nick Struck pitched 2/3 an inning, surrendering three earned runs on two hits and three walks. Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit.

The Mesa bats came alive on Saturday, and despite Baez’s big day offensively, it wasn’t enough. Baez would reach on an error in the third and later score on a Rafael Ynoa single. In the top of the eighth, he hit his third home run of the season, a three-run shot to center field, scoring L.J. Hoes and Jonathan Singleton. Baez did commit two errors defensively however.

Szczur was solid at the plate Saturday also. He forced a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, and would later score on a Hoes ground out. He also drew another walk in the third. In the fifth he scored Jiovanni Mier on a single up the middle.

Tony Zych surrendered his first earned run of the season in the ninth, but also struck out a batter.

Mesa will take on Salt River Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 local time.

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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.

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

Matt Szczur shines in losing Solar Sox effort

The Solar Sox’s three-game winning streak ended Monday at the hands of Peoria in a 9-2 decision. A six-run fifth inning was more than enough cushion for the Javelinas.

Cubs prospect Matt Szczur delivered most of the offense, as the Sox totaled just seven hits as a team. The center fielder singled in the bottom of the first and promptly stole second. He would score four batters later on a Javier Baez sac fly. In the fifth inning, Szczur doubled to left, scoring the runner from second. He finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base.

Baez started at short and went hitless, though he did pick up an RBI on the sac fly in the first inning.

Mesa will take on Peoria again Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 local time.

How the Cubs have fared:

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

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 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.

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