Nov. 28-29 Cubs Recap

Carlos Pimentel had another strong outing as the right-hander earned his third win with five strikeouts in five innings in the DWL. CF Junior Lake and RHP Marcos Mateo helped lead Estrellas to a 3-2 win.

Venezuelan Winter League

Nov. 29—Frank Del Valle (0-0 2.25 ERA/.198 BAA) continues to thrive as a starter as the left-hander fanned seven in a no-decision in Margarita's 7-2 10-inning loss. The 24-year-old went six innings, his longest outing of the year, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks. Del Valle spent 2013 at High A Daytona with 31 appearances out of the bullpen. He went 3-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 51 IP with 64 K.

Hector Rondon allowed a run in his inning of work during Caracas' 11-7 win over Magallanes. Rondon surrendered a leadoff double and the run scored after a wild pitch and a ground out. Rondon recorded a strikeout and has a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 IP.

Luis Valbuena (.255) was 1-3 with a double, a run, and walk in Lara's 7-6 loss to La Guaria.

Yeiper Castillo got the final out of the 8th, earning his fourth hold. He surrendered a single but got a ground out to end the inning in Zulia's 2-1 win over Caribes.

Nov. 28—RHP Yoanner Negrin blanked Lara for five innings, allowing three hits and three walks in the 3-1 Caracas win. The Cuban threw 84-pitches, fanning three and improved to 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA. Lara 2B Luis Valbuena was 0-4 with a strikeouts in the loss.

RHP Yeiper Castillo worked a scoreless inning as the right-hander got a double play groundout and a fly out in his inning of relief, entering the game with a runner on in the ninth .Zulia lost to Caribes 2-0. Castillo is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA in 24.2 innings.

Dominican Winter League

Nov. 29—Carlos Pimentel (3-0 2.10) allowed a pair of unearned runs in five innings, earning his third win of the season in Escogido's 4-3 win over Licey. Pimentel fanned five, allowed four hits, and a walk. The right-hander was recently signed as a minor league free agent after pitching in the Rangers system for seven seasons.

Junior Lake was 2-4 and scored a run, and Marcos Mateo earned his sixth save as Estrellas beat Toros 3-2. Lake (.349/.389/.458) scored in the first as the center fielder singled, went to second and a throwing error, and scored on a RBI double. Mateo (3-0 1.13 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the first two hitters of the inning and then getting the final out on a foul pop to third.

Nov. 28—No games scheduled.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Nov. 29—SS Walter Ibarra went 0-3 with two strikeouts in Mazatlan's 5-4 loss to Culiacan.

Nov. 28—Christian Villanueva was back in the starting lineup Thursday night after not playing since Nov. 23. Villanueva was 1-3 with a run in Obregon's 4-2 loss to Culiacan. The 22-year-old third baseman, who's slated to start 2014 in AAA Iowa, entered the game 4-19, and was hitting .241/.313/.414 with 3 HR and 8 RBI in 87 at-bats.

SS Walter Ibarra was 0-4 with two strikeouts in Mazatlan's 2-1 loss.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Nov. 29—Jonathan Mota was 0-2, walked twice, and scored in Ponce's 6-3 loss to Santurce. Edwin Maysonet (.313) continues to square up the ball as the shortstop went 2-4 with a double and a run for Santurce.

Nov. 28—No games scheduled.

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