Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/11/13

The Cubs’ prospects all seem to experience the highs and lows that are part of a baseball season this past week. However, Rubi Silva seems to be his team’s only offensive threat in Puerto Rico, while Junior Lake had an outstanding effort on Thursday. To read all of the highlights, including Arizona Fall League action, take a look inside today’s Down on the Farm Report.

Note: Coverage of the winter leagues will be by calendar week, Sunday through Saturday

Arizona Fall League

Mesa Solar Sox

In a game that lasted only eight innings on Monday, Jorge Soler went 1-for-4 with two RBI as he drove in the go-ahead run with a double and Mesa defeated Salt River 5-4. Matt Loosen picked up the victory after he allowed an earned run on two walks and two hits while striking out a batter in an inning of work. Kris Bryant was 0-for-2 with a walk.

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It was somewhat of an embarrassment for the Mesa Solar Sox on Tuesday as they were blown out 8-0 by Salt River. Dallas Beeler started but was the victim of some shoddy defense as five errors led to seven unearned runs. Beeler went 2.2 innings and struck out a batter. Jorge Soler was the DH and went 0-for-3, while Albert Almora was 1-for-4 leading off and playing centerfield.

Mesa dropped its second game in a row on Wednesday as they fell 6-4 to Glendale. Kris Bryant started at third and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Wes Darvill lined up in left field and was 0-for-4. Lendy Castillo pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout, while Armando Rivero put together his second straight good outing. Rivero struck out a batter around a walk and hit in a scoreless inning of work.

Mesa ended up losing their third straight on Tuesday and dropped a 5-4 game in 11 innings to Glendale. Matt Loosen pitched a scoreless tenth before allowing the winning run to score in the 11th. Loosen struck out two in 1.1 innings. Albert Almora was the only other Cubs prospect to see action. Almora led off in centerfield and went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Mesa halted their losing streak on Friday by defeating Surprise 6-1. Jorge Soler started in right field and was 1-for-5 with a run scored. Kris Bryant was at third base and went 0-for-3 with two walks. Lendy Castillo closed out the game in the ninth, allowing only a hit in a scoreless inning.

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The Solar Sox brought their bats out early and cruised to a 9-4 win over Surprise on Saturday. Jorge Soler was the Sox’s DH, hit third and went 1-for-5 with an RBI. Third baseman Kris Bryant was also 1-for-5. Both Albert Almora and Wes Darvill were late inning defensive replacements. Almora took over in right field while Darvill played his fourth position of the fall, second base. Reliever Armando Rivero seems to have things straighten out after struggling early. Rivero struck out a batter in a scoreless inning of work.

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Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

Frank Batista did his part to keep Cibaenas in the game on Wednesday. Batista struck out a batter and issued two hits in two scoreless innings in an 8-2 loss to Este.

Toros del Este

In Este’s 4-3 loss to Escogido on Monday, Jeffry Antigua gave up a hit and pitched a scoreless 0.1 innings.

On Tuesday, Jeffry Antigua recorded the final out as the Bulls lost 7-3 to Licey in 12 innings.

Tigres del Licey

Julio Borbon did not have an official at bat. Borbon was used as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning and playing centerfield in the ninth as Licey beat Escogido 5-2 on Sunday.

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Monday saw Arismendy Alcantara go 2-for-4 with a stolen base as the Tigers defeated Cibaenas 2-1.

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In a 12-inning game on Tuesday, Licey would end up prevailing 7-3 over Este. Arismendy Alcantara started the scoring for the Tigers as he cranked a solo home run and went 1-for-4. Julio Borbon came on as a pinch-hitter and stayed in at right field. Borbon went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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The Tigers stayed on a roll in Thursday as they beat Cibao 10-5. Julio Borbon scored a run as a pinch-runner and was used as a defensive replacement in left field.

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It was marathon baseball on Friday as the Man-eaters took 15 innings to defeat Oriente 9-7. Arismendy Alcantara entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and ended up receiving three at bats. Alcantara went 0-for-3 in the victory.

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Licey ended the week in a disappointing fashion as they were blown out 10-1 by Cibao on Saturday. Arismendy Alcantara was 0-for-2 after entering the game as a defensive replacement, while Julio Borbon had no official at bat but played centerfield in the ninth inning.

Estrellas de Oriente

Junior Lake was 1-for-4 with an RBI last Sunday and delivered the game winning hit in the tenth inning as Oriente defeated Este 3-2. Marcos Mateo entered the game in the ninth and allowed the tying run on two hits and a walk. But Mateo was given the victory thanks to his organization-mate, Junior Lake.

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Junior Lake went 0-for-4 as the Eastern Stars lost 8-3 to Cibao on Monday.

While Junior Lake (0-for-3) didn’t contribute, Oriente was still able to beat Escogido 5-3 on Wednesday. Marcos Mateo slammed the door by striking out a batter in a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

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Junior Lake had a big night for the Eastern Stars on Thursday. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much help from his teammates as Oriente lost 8-4 to Cibaenas. Lake went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and an RBI.

It was an exhausting night for the Stars on Friday as they lost 9-7 to Licey in 15 innings. Junior Lake went 1-for-5 with two walks, two stolen bases, and a run scored. Marcos Mateo worked around two walks and two hits with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

Oriente dropped their third game in a row on Saturday as they lost 3-2 to Escogido. Junior Lake went 1-for-4 in the losing effort.

Mexican Pacific League

Tomateros de Culiacan

Culiacan was able to bring home a victory on Tuesday by beating Los Mochis 5-4. Marcus Hatley had some trouble getting out of the eighth inning and allowed two earned runs with a strikeout in 0.2 innings.

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Yaquis de Obregon

Christian Villanueva remained cold at the plate last Sunday. Villanueva went 0-for-4 as Obregon defeated Hermosillo 6-2.

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The troubles for Christian Villanueva continued on Tuesday as he went 0-for-4 in the Yaquis’ 10-2 loss to Guasave.

Christian Villanueva (0-for-1) only made an appearance as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday as the Tribe lost 12-9 to Guasave.

After getting some time off, Christian Villanueva bounced back a little as he went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI while playing third base in Obregon’s 5-2 loss to Navojoa on Friday.

The Yaquis exploded for four runs in the second inning and held on to beat Navojoa 4-3 on Saturday. Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

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Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League

Leones de Ponce

Rubi Silva and Ponce were able to get back into action on Friday after being delayed by some bad weather and the Lions lost 3-1 to Mayaguez. Silva was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jonathan Mota went 0-for-3.

The offense for the Pride continued to struggle on Saturday as Ponce lost 3-2 to Caguas. Rubi Silva was 1-for-3 with a double while Jonathan Mota went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Cangrejeros de Santurce

Edwin Maysonet went 0-for-3 on Sunday as Santurce lost 5-1 to Carolina.

The struggles for Edwin Maysonet continued on Tuesday as he was 0-for-2 in the Cangrejeros’ 8-4 loss to Caguas.

The Crabmen turned their fortunes around in extra innings on Wednesday as they defeated Cagua 3-2 in ten innings. Edwin Maysonet did not have an official at bat after being used as a defensive replacement at shortstop.

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Edwin Maysonet was able to contribute to a 5-2 victory by Santurce over Caguas on Friday. Maysonet was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the win.

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It was extra innings again for the Cangrejeros on Saturday, but this time they were in the short end, losing 5-3 to Mayaguez in eleven innings. Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the loss.

Venezuelan Winter League

Tigres de Aragua

Aragua played a doubleheader on Thursday and Eduardo Sanchez made an appearance in Game One. Sanchez picked up a strikeout and a walk in a scoreless inning, and the Tigers lost 4-1 to La Guaira.

Despite giving up two earned runs in only 0.1 innings, Eduardo Sanchez picked up his first hold on Saturday as the Tigers lost 5-4 to Magallanes.

Leones de Caracas

Loiger Padron retired only one batter, but it turned out to be important as he was credited with the victory in Caracas’ 7-0 shutout of Anzoategui last Sunday. Hector Rondon worked around two hits with a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work.

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Yoanner Negrin did not have one of his better outings on Tuesday as de Leones were hammered 9-5 by Anzoategui. Negrin allowed five earned runs on five hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. Loiger Padron tried to keep Caracas in the game by tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.

Hector Rondon was hung with two unearned runs on Wednesday as he pitched 0.1 innings in the Lions’ 4-1 loss to Anzoategui.

It wasn’t anyone’s night for the Pride on Thursday as they were whitewashed by Zulia 13-1. Loiger Padron gave up two earned runs on three hits and two walks in an inning of work.

The effort was there, but the results were the same as Caracas dropped their fourth game in a row on Friday in a 6-5 loss to Zulia in 14 innings. Hector Rondon picked up his third hold with a scoreless inning, while Loiger Padron suffered the loss after giving up an earned run in the final inning.

Bravos de Margarita

Pressed into service as a starter on Friday, Frank Del Valle allowed two earned runs on two hits and four walks in 3.1 innings as Margarita defeated Aragua 6-2.

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Aguilas del Zulia

Yeiper Castillo once again proved to be a savior in relief as Zulia defeated Aragua 10-6 on Wednesday. Castillo replaced the Eagles’ starter and gave up only one hit in 2.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

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News and Notes

The Cubs re-signed RHP’s Eduardo Figueroa and Dae-Eun Rhee to minor league contracts. The Cubs signed OF Aaron Cunningham to a minor league contract.

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