Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/23/13

As we head into the holidays, the winter seasons begin to wind down and prepare for the playoffs. This past week pitching was still the story as several players who may have been thought to be done for the winter, such as Jeffry Antigua, Alberto Cabrera, and Eduardo Figueroa, resurfaced. Meanwhile, both Frank Batista and Ryan Searle remained dominant. For all the details, look inside today’s report, and Happy Holidays!

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

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

Reliever Frank Batista ran his scoreless streak to 8.1 innings without giving up an earned run on Wednesday, Batista picked up his first victory of the winter in Cibaenas’ 7-4 victory over Licey. Batista pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out a batter.

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Toros del Este

Seeing his first action in nearly a week, Alberto Cabrera tossed a scoreless inning as Este took 11 innings to defeat Cibao 5-4 on Thursday.

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On Saturday, Jeffry Antigua struck out a batter and pitched a scoreless inning as the Bulls lost to Licey 4-0.

Mexican Pacific League

Venados de Mazatlan

Mazatlan got off to a good start to the week last Sunday as they piled up five runs in the third inning in route to a 6-4 victory over Guasave. Walter Ibarra continued to take his regular spot at shortstop and was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

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Tuesday saw Venados fall 10-3 to Obregon. Walter Ibarra went 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.

The Stags managed only five hits on Wednesday as they were shut out by Obregon 3-0. Walter Ibarra took the collar as he was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

A rally in the seventh inning on Thursday fell short as Mazatlan lost 9-7 to Obergon. Walter Ibarra continued his steady production as he went 2-for-3with a RBI and a run scored.

Yaquis de Obregon

The week started out well for Darnell McDonald and Obregon as they defeated Mazatlan 10-3 on Tuesday. McDonald was 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

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A three-run third was all the Yaquis needed on Wednesday as they beat Mazatlan 3-0. Darnell McDonald went 0-for-3 in the game.

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A see-saw battle on Thursday that saw five lead changes ended with the Tribe outlasting Mazatlan 9-7. Darnell McDonald was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the victory.

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Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League

Cangrejeros de Santuce

Santurce was unable to complete their rally in the ninth as they fell 3-1 to Carolina on Sunday. Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-3 in the loss.

Edwin Maysonet saw his next action at DH on Thursday and went 0-for-2 with a walk as the Cangrejeros lost 3-2 to Mayaguez.

On Friday, the Crabmen dropped a 4-1 game to Caguas. Shortstop Edwin Maysonet went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Santurce finished the week by beating Carolina 6-4 on Saturday. However, Edwin Maysonet had a game he would probably like to forget, Maysonet went 0-for-4.

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Leones de Ponce

Last Sunday saw a group effort by Ponce as they defeated Mayaguez 3-1. Greg Rohan was the DH and went 1-for-2, while outfielder Rubi Silva was 1–for-3. Third baseman Jonathan Mota was also 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

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The Lions were able to edge Mayaguez 2-1 on Tuesday. Third baseman Jonathan Mota remained hot as he went 2-for-4, while outfielder Rubi Silva and DH Greg Rohan each went 0-for-4.

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The Pride could not match Carolina on Wednesday as they lost 5-4. Third baseman Jonathan Mota continued to be on fire as he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI. Outfielder Rubi Silva went 1-for-4 with a run scored while DH Greg Rohan was 1-for-4.

Ponce was not able to turn hits into runs on Thursday as they lost 3-2 to Caguas. Outfielder Rubi Silva was 1-for-4 with a run scored while third baseman Jonathan Mota went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Jonathan Mota closed out a great week for him as Ponce lost 3-1 to Caguas on Saturday. Playing second base, Mota was 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run and an RBI. Third baseman Greg Rohan was 0-for-3 with a walk, while outfielder Rubi Silva went 0-for-3.

Venezuelan Winter League

Leones de Caracas

It was a team effort last Sunday as Caracas outlasted Margarita 5-3 in 11 innings. Yoanner Negrin started the game. Negrin pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out three batters.

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Tiburones de La Guaira

Making his first appearance since October, Eduardo Figueroa tossed a scoreless inning and struck out a batter on Wednesday as La Guaira lost 9-2 to Anzoategui.

On Saturday, Eduardo Figueroa recorded the final out of the game as the Sharks lost 7-2 to Caracas.

Cardenales de Lara

It was not a good start to the week for Lara as they got spanked by Magallanes 13-2 last Sunday. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

The Cardinals put an exclamation point on it on Tuesday as they defeated Caracas 9-1. Luis Valbuena was 1-for-5 with a run scored in the victory.

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The Redbirds came out on the short end of a slugging match with Zulia on Thursday and lost 6-5. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in the game.

On Friday, Lara simply got their clock cleaned by Zulia and lost 14-1. Luis Valbuena was one of the players rested by Lara after going 1-for-2 with a walk.

The Cardinals ended the week on a positive note by squeaking past Margarita 3-2 on Saturday. Luis Valbuena closed out the week by going 0-3 with a walk.

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Australian Baseball League

Brisbane Bandits

Saturday was another doubleheader for Brisbane, and another fine effort by Ryan Searle in a 3-1 victory. Searle went the distance and gave up only three hits and an earned run in nine innings while striking out nine batters. Searle moved his record to 3-0 and leads the league with a 0.73 WHIP. Searle is also third in the league with a 1.23 ERA and his 24 strikeouts in 22 innings is good for tenth in the ABL.

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