Cubs Dec. 18/19 Recap

Javier Baez is heating up in the Puerto Rican Winter League with his second homer to cap off a 3-for-4 night playing shortstop.

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Puerto Rican Winter League
Dec. 19—Javier Baez hit a two-run homer, his second, and added two singles to lead Santurce to a 7-2 win over Caguas. Playing short, Baez finished 3-for-4 and fanned once. Slated to start at second at Wrigley on opening night, Baez is hitting .444/.476/.889 in five games.

Dec. 18—No Cubs players saw action.

Venezuelan Winter League
Dec. 19—Luis Valbuena (.245) went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Lara’s 5-3 loss to Magallanes......Willson Contreras (.268) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning of Aragua’s’ 9-1 win over Zulia. He stayed in the game in the 9th and played LF.

Dec. 18—Yoanner Negrin fanned 11 in 7.2 IP and earned his third win as Caracas beat Margarita 9-1. The Cuban allowed a run on four hits and didn’t issue a free pass, throwing 101 pitches, 70 for strikes. In nine games, eight starts, Negrin has a line of 36.2 IP, 44 H 15 ER 10 BB 28 K........DH Luis Valbuena went 0-for-2 with a walk in Lara’s 9-1 loss to La Guaira.

Dominican Winter League
Dec. 19—Junior Lake (.250) went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts in Estrellas’ 1-0 win. Former Cubs reliever Marcos Mateo earned his league-leading 20th save......Manny Ramirez doubled in a pair of runs in Aguilas’ 5-4 loss to Escogido. Ramirez (.313) has 28 RBI......Jeffry Antigua had a rough outing in Toros 10-3 win as the lefty allowed a three-run homer in the ninth after a pair of walks. Antigua has a 4.82 ERA in 9.1 innings after surrounding the three earned runs.

Dec. 18—DH Manny Ramirez was 2-for-3 (two singles) in Aguilas’ 7-4 win over Esterllas. Junior Lake went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Mexican Pacific Winter League
Dec. 19—3B Christian Villanueva (.221) was hitless in four at-bats in Obregon’s 3-1 win over Culiacan. Thirteen of Villanueva’s 19 hits have gone for extra bases./P>

Dec. 18—3B Christian Villanueva swatted his 9th homer, a solo shot in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough as Obregon fell to Los Mochis 8-7. It was his only hit in five at-bats.

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