Oct. 31 Cubs Recap

Yoanner Negrin got a no-decision on Thursday but the right-hander leads the Venezuelan Winter league in innings pitched and is tied for the league lead in strikeouts. Fellow Cuban Armando Rivero had a positive outing in the AFL, working a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of punchouts.

Arizona Fall League

Armando Rivero was back on the mound Thursday and worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning after allowing at least one run in each of his last five appearances. Rivero fanned the first two hitters and got a pop out to end the frame. He threw 12 pitches, nine for strikes, and got credit for his second hold in Mesa's 7-3 win over Scottsdale.

Jorge Soler (.281) went 1-3 with a RBI (10) and a walk while Kris Bryant (.389) scored twice, singled and walked in five trips to the plate. LF Albert Almora (.267) was 0-4 and has one hit in his last 16 at-bats.

Venezuelan Winter League

Yoanner Negrin was in line for his fourth win of the season but Caracas couldn't hold on but rallied for a 6-4 win. Negrin, who leads the VWL in innings pitched and is tied for first with 20 K, pitched into the seventh allowing two earned runs on three hits. He didn't walk anyone and fanned a pair in his 81-pitch outing. Teammate Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless inning (one hit) for his second hold.

Dominican Winter League

No games scheduled in the DWL on Thursday.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Christian Villanueva was 1-4 with a double in Obregon's 8-7 win over Culiacan. Villanueva walked and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a bases loaded walk as Obregon scored five times in the ninth for the win.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Play begins Nov. 1. Three Cubs are on the Ponce roster including SS Javier Baez. Also on the roster are IF Jonathan Mota and OF Rubi Silva. Baez is listed as a reserve while Mota and Silva are both active. Other Cubs prospects in the league include IF Edwin Maysonet, Santurce; P Daniel Bard, Caguas; C Rafael Lopez, C Neftali Rosario, Mayaguez.

Australian Baseball League

The league began play as Canberra defeated Melbourne 10-3. The Cubs currently have two prospects on ABL rosters: C Taylor Davis (Daytona/Tennessee), Canberra; and RHP Ryan Searle (Daytona), Brisbane.

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