Jan. 2-4 Cubs Recap

Yoanner Negrin made his first start of the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs but the Cuban right-hander took the loss in Caracas' 7-5 loss to La Guaria.

The Caribbean Winter League playoffs are underway and with the Cubs holding workouts in Mesa this week, several prospects are no longer playing in the winter leagues. Here's a look at who's left as well as a recap of the playoff games.

Venezuelan Winter League

Jan. 4—RHP Yoanner Negrin took the loss as Caracas (0-2) fell to La Guaria (1-2) 7-5. Negrin only lasted 3.1 innings allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He gave up a two-run homer in the fourth and fanned two. Negrin (4-3 4.17 ERA) made 13 starts during the VWL season, adding 62 innings to the 108 he threw at AAA Iowa in 2013. Magallanes (2-1) defeated Zulia (1-1) 7-6.

Jan. 3—Zulia shutout Magallanes 2-0 in their first action in the five-team, round-robin playoffs while Caribes improved to 2-0 with a 7-6 win over La Guaria (0-2). Zulia's RHP Yeiper Castillo earned a hold blanking Magallanes (1-1) for 2.2 innings. He allowed three hits and a walk with a strikeout.

Jan. 2—Venezuelan playoffs got under way as Magallanes beat Caracas 9-8 and Caribes defeated La Guaria 7-6 in 10 innings. No Cubs prospects saw action.

Dominican Winter League

Jan. 4—Escogido (5-2) took control of first-place with a 8-3 win over Licey (3-4). Gigantes (3-4) beat Aguilas (3-4) 4-3. Frank Batista worked a 1-2-3 ninth for Aguilas.

Jan. 3—Escogido (4-2) moved atop the playoff standings beating Licey (3-3) in a first-place matchup 4-3. Aguilas defeated Gigantes 3-2, scoring twice in the top of the eighth. Marcos Mateo, former Cub prospect selected by Arizona in the Rule 5 draft, earned his second save of the playoffs for Aguilas after recording nine during season.

Jan. 2—Licey (3-2) earned a 7-1 win over Aguilas and Escogido (3-2) downed Gigantes (2-3) 4-1. Frank Batista fanned one and issued an intentional walk in his relief appearance for Aguilas.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Jan. 4. Mexicali (3-0) defeated Culiacan 13-6, Los Mochis (1-2) got its first win over Navojoa 4-1, and Guasave (1-2) downed Hermosillo 7-4 in the best-of-seven playoff series. No Cubs prospects are on any of the team's rosters.

Jan. 3—No games scheduled.

Jan. 2—Hermosillo, Navojoa and Mexicali all moved to 2-0 in their respective series. Hermosillo defeated Guasave 5-2, Navojoa downed Los Mochis 9-2 and Mexicali blanked Culiacan 7-0.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Jan. 4—Mayaguez moved to 2-0 in the round-robin playoffs, defeating Ponce (1-1) 4-3. Caguas (1-1) beat Carolina (0-2) 9-5. 3B Jonathan Mota was 0-3 with a strikeout in Ponce's loss.

Jan. 3—Ponce beat Carolina 6-2 and Mayaguez defeated Caguas 4-3 in 11 innings in the opening games of the round-robin playoffs. 3B Jonathan Mota, who hit clean-up, went 2-4 with a double and a run scored in the win for Ponce.

Jan 2—No games scheduled.

Australian Baseball League

Jan. 4—Ryan Searle had his toughest outing of the season as the right-hander surrendered six runs on six hits and a walk, including a pair of homers in four innings. Searle fanned four and is now 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts (33 IP). Brisbane lost to Sydney 7-5.

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