Dec. 27 Cubs Recap

Luis Valbuena hit his fourth homer in the Venezuelan Winter League and Jonathan Mota launched his third long ball of the winter in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Venezuelan Winter League

Luis Valbuena ripped a two-run homer in the first inning but it wasn't enough as Lara fell to Caribes 6-5. Valbuena finished the game 1-4 and is hitting .303, having played all 33 gams this winter at second base.

Dominican Winter League

The DWL playoffs started on Friday night as Gigantes beat Escogido 2-0 and Licey held on to beat Aguilas 3-2.

RHP Frank Batista recorded two outs in the ninth for Aguilas. Batista came into the game with runners on first and second and allowed a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up. The next hitter grounded to third, and third baseman Alex Valdez threw home to nab the runner. Batista has not allowed a run in 10.2 innings.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

No Cubs prospects saw action.

Puerto Rican Winter League

3B Jonathan Mota (.268) slugged his third homer, a solo shot in the second, as Ponce fell to Carolina 8-4. Mota added a single in four at-bats.

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