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Suprise’s pitching blanks Solar Sox

It was an offensive struggle for Mesa Tuesday afternoon, as the Solar Sox fell 7-0 to visiting Surprise. The team managed just six hits in the losing effort.

Cubs minor league player of the year Logan Watkins, who replaced the injured Javier Baez on the Sox roster, recorded his first hit of the fall season with a single to right in the fifth. He also drew a walk to finish the day 1-for-3. Matt Szczur singled in the seventh for his only hit in four at-bats.

Fresh off of earning the victory in Saturday’s Rising Stars Game, rightly Tony Zych pitched a scoreless eighth inning, retiring the side in order.

Mesa heads to Scottsdale on Wednesday, 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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Tony Zych earns win in AFL Rising Stars Game

It was more a case of being at the right place at the right time, but Cubs farmhand Tony Zych earned the win in Saturday afternoon’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, as the East team scored a 9-4 victory over the West.

Zych entered the game with one out and a man on first in the fifth inning. Reds speedster Billy Hamilton singled on a bunt and advanced to third on a throwing error by first baseman Jonathan Singleton (Astros). Pinch-runner Nick Ahmed (Braves) scored from first on the error. Former Cubs prospect Hak-Ju Lee (Rays) singled up the middle, scoring Hamilton and giving the West a 4-3 lead. Padres prospect Rymer Liriano doubled on a soft fly ball to right, putting runners on second and third. After that, Zych settled down, striking out Hunter Morris (Brewers) and getting Nick Franklin (Mariners) to pop out to shortstop.

But luck was on Zych’s side because in the bottom half of the fifth, the East offense scored six, putting the game away. Zych was the only Cubs prospect to play in the game. Javier Baez also earned an invite, but a thumb injury effectively ended his AFL season.

On Friday the Solar Sox lost 7-5 at the hands of Peoria.

Outfielder Matt Szczur went 0-for-4 with a walk and drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the second inning. He also stole his seventh base of the season in the second inning. Kevin Rhoderick saw three batters, getting the first two to fly out to the outfield. The third batter, Cody Asche (Phillies), doubled and Rhoderick was removed. Asche would score later score on a Rymer Liriano single.

Mesa hosts Scottsdale Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 local time. Dae-Eun Rhee is scheduled to pitch for the Solar Sox.

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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.

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Baez, Zych named Rising Stars, Mesa rallies for tie

The Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game rosters were announced Wednesday, and a pair of Cubs prospects made the East Division All-Star team. Former University of Louisville product Tony Zych was selected for his relief efforts this season. The righty is 1-0 with a save and boasts a 2.25 ERA in eight fall innings, allowing just two earned runs. Javier Baez, who was leading the league in homers and RBI, also made the All-Star team, but a thumb injury sustained over the weekend ended his fall campaign early.

On the field Wednesday, the Solar Sox scored in the bottom of the ninth to force a 2-2 tie with Salt River. Dodgers prospect Rafael Ynoa scored Astros farmhand Jiovanni Mier from second on a bloop single to tie the game.

Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur returned to action and went 1-for-5 with a single in the fifth inning. Nick Struck pitched two scoreless frames, scattering two hits and a walk.

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

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Solar Sox capture win vs. Phoenix

Mesa held off Phoenix for a 7-5 win Wednesday, though it was a quiet day for Cubs’ bats.

With Javier Baez likely out for the fall and Matt Szczur taking the last few days off, Rubi Silva was the lone Cub hitter in the order. He finished the day 0-for-4, drawing a walk in the ninth inning.

Tony Zych earned his first save of the fall, surrendering an earned run on two hits in the ninth. He struck out the final batter of the game. That earned run was just the second for Zych in eight appearances in the hitter-friendly league.

Kevin Rhoderick entered the game as a reliever in the fifth inning. The righty saw three hitters, striking out two and getting the third to pop out to second.

Mesa hosts Salt River on Wednesday, 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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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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