Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues – Week 14

Good Morning! As we head into the holidays, pitching steps to the front of the line in the off-season leagues. Some of the Cubs’ pitching prospects put forth good efforts, while there is an emerging player coming out of Australia. For more, take a look inside, and Happy Holidays!

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

It took six innings on Monday for Cibaenas to rev-up their offense, but once in gear they blew past Orientals 5-3. While not involved in the scoring, Robel Garcia had his best day at the plate in a 10-game stretch. The left fielder was 2-for-3 with a walk before switching to second base. Cibaenas 5 – Orientales 3

Estrellas Orientales

Oscar De La Cruz

Oscar De La Cruz

It wasn’t a very good Tuesday for Orientales, as they were limited to four hits and shut out by Cibaenas 7-0. The game got away from the Stars in the sixth, when Oscar De La Cruz allowed 3 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out a batter in 0.1 innings. Eric Gonzalez started at catcher and went 0-for-3 in the loss. Cibaenas 7 – Orientales 0

Mexican Pacific League

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

It was a bad way for Hermosillo to finish out the week, as the Orangemen could not come back against Mexicali in losing 9-6 on Saturday. Young lefty Saul Vazquez was asked to mp up in the ninth and he gave up no solid contact, setting down the side in order in a perfect inning. Mexicali 9 – Hermosillo 6

Yaquis de Obregon

Jose Albertos face

Jose Albertos

Obregon maintained their first-place lead on Thursday as defeated Los Mochis 2-0 in a pitcher’s duel. Jose Albertos was given the start and headed a seven-pitcher effort. Albertos struggled at times, walking 3 in 2 scoreless innings while striking out a batter. Obregon 2 – Los Mochis 0

Roberto Clemente League

Cangrejeros de Santurce

A pitcher’s duel on Wednesday saw Santurce come out on top of Caguas as the offense eek out a 2-1 victory. Aneuris Rosario was entrusted with the lead in the seventh and pitched 2 perfect innings, striking out 2 and allowing no hits while facing six batters. Santurce 2 – Caguas 1

Criollos de Caguas

On a day that pitching dominated, Cagaus came up short as they lost to Santurce 2-1 on Wednesday. Victor Caratini started at first base and was 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss. Caguas 1 – Santurce 2

The Criollos finished out a disappointing week by managing only 3 hits on Saturday, as they lost to Santurce 3-1. Victor Caratini moved across the diamond to third base and scored the only run for the Creoles as he went 1-for-4. Caratini as started a double play to snuff out a threat in the fourth inning. Santurce 3 – Caguas 1

Indios de Mayaguez

Zach Davis (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Zach Davis (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

It was move and countermove on Tuesday as a pitcher’s duel ended in a 1-0 victory for Mayaguez over Santurce. Manager Jesus Feliciano, with his knowledge of the Cubs’ system, went to Zach Davis as a pinch-runner in seventh as he scored on a throwing error. Mayaguez 1 – Santurce 0

Venzuelan Winter League

Leones del Caracas

After staking their team to an early lead on Wednesday, the Caracas bullpen let one go as they lost 6-3 to Aragua. Enrique De Los Rios started for the Leones and allowed an earned run on 5 hits as he struck out 4 in 4.2 innings. Aragua 6 – Caracas 3

Navegantes del Magallanes

Gioskar Amaya by Carlos Freites

Gioskar Amaya by Carlos Freites

Sunday saw Magallanes creep close to .500 as they answered a 1 run deficit with 5 of their own to beat Zulia 5-1. Gioskar Amaya started at third base and scored the first run for the Nav’s as he went 2-for-4 with a double for the night. Magallanes 5 – Zulia 1

Australian Baseball League

Canberra Cavalry

Canberra broke out of their slump in a big way on Sunday as they pounded Sydney 18-2. Right fielder Jerrick Suiter contributed to a 7-run sixth inning as he belted a 3-run home run as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Canberra 18 – Sydney 2

The Cavalry started this week’s cycle on a good note against perennial power Brisbane with an 8-3 victory on Wednesday. Right fielder Jerrick Suiter ripped a 2-run triple in the second and added an RBI single in the sixth as he was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored in the game. Canberra 8 – Brisbane 3

The Horsemen continued to roll on Thursday as the grabbed an early lead against Brisbane and held on for a 4-2 win. Jerrick Suiter played a big part, as his double in the fourth drove in Canberra’s first run. The right fielder ended up 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Canberra 4 – Brisbane 2

Wild fires in Australia  curtailed Friday night’s game, as Canberra was losing to Brisbane 6-3 when the game was suspended after 5 innings due to air quality. Right fielder Jerrick Suiter was off to a good start in the game, as he was 1-for-1 with a walk. Brisbane 6 – Canberra 3, 5 innings



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  • Seems like Jerrick Suiter is a player to track in the future. Thanks for the work on winter season play. Merry Christmas

  • In reply to 1945AD:

    Thank you! a Happy Holidays to all!

  • Wishing everyone out there a Happy Festivus!

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    In reply to Tom U:

    To you and everyone else too Tom. Who's going to be wrestling? That could be the first Cubs Den live event.
    Happy New Year everyone!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    If they have a Senior category, I'm in. Bad back, knees, arm and all.

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    In reply to Tom U:

    I have one replaced hip.

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    In reply to Tom U:

    Merry Christmas

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    What is Festivus?

  • Merry Christmas everyone. I hate to be so upset with the Cubs. Am I the only one that thinks the W. Sox will go pass the Cubs big time. They will become Chicago team. They are doing soooo much better than the Cubs. The Cubs IMHO will not be as good as last year and will watch the Sox excell. For me it'll be a long sad year.

  • A Merry Christmas to all!

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