Arizona Fall League
Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler were both in the starting lineup Monday night as the AFL returned to action after a two-day break. Bryant (.444) was 1-5 with a RBI single but reached base three other times on errors. Soler (.190) was 1-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
Matthew Loosen made his second appearance in the AFL coming into the game with two outs in the third and a runner on second after the Suns had scored three runs.. Loosen got the Solar Sox out of the inning with a strikeout but got into a jam in the fourth hitting the leadoff hitter followed by two singles to load the bases. After a fly out, Loosen got out of the inning allowing a run on a fielder's choice and then got an assist from his catcher when he threw out a runner trying to steal second to end the inning. Loosen surrendered another run in the fifth and finished the night with a line of 2.1 IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB, 1K.
Both Cub pitching prospects appeared in the same game for opposing team on Sunday night. Left-hander David Villegas (Mesa) had an inauspicious start to his season debut allowing a home run to the first hitter he faced. He got the next hitter to ground out before coming of the game. Villegas, 21, threw nine pitches, five for strikes. Marcus Hatley was one out away from his second save of the season but surrendered a two-run homer as Mazatlan scored four unearned run off the Cubs righty in the top of the ninth for the 6-5 win. Hatley was charged with the blown save, throwing 25 pitches in two-thirds of an inning.
Had the day off and will be back in action tomorrow.