Cubs Oct. 19 Notebook

A recap of the Oct. 18 games including the DWL debut of Juan Paniagua and a big game from Arismendy Alcantara.

Arizona Fall League
The AFL had Sunday off and Mesa is still looking for its first win of the season after dropping the first five.

Venezuelan Winter League
Yoanner Negrin (1-2, 7.43 ERA) took the loss in Lara’s 4-0 loss to La Guaria. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. He threw 62 pitches, 39 for strikes and had a game score of 35....P.J. Francescon worked a scoreless ninth in Margarita’s 3-2 loss to Caracas. He only needed nine pitches to get through the frames, striking out one. Francescon has not allowed a run in four games (4 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K). Felipe Paulino tossed three shutout frames of relief, fanning three while allowing two hits and two walks. He threw 50 pitches, 27 for strikes......2B Brant Flete went 1-for-6 with two strikeouts in Zulia’s 8-4 win over Magallanes. Flete was also caught stealing for the third time.

Dominican Winter League
Juan Paniagua made his season debut for Estrellas, allowing a hit in two-thirds of an inning. The right-hander stranded an inherited runner and fanned one while giving up a single. He threw five pitches, all for strikes. Estrellas beat Toros 12-5. In his first action, Toros Jeffry Antigua got charged with a blown save, recording a strikeout and yielding a three-run shot to Ji-Man Choi. Former Cubs got the decisions, Rafael Dolis with the win and Alberto Cabrera took the loss......2B Arismendy Alcantara (.273) went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored as Licey improved to 3-0 with a 3-1 win over Escogido. Former Cub SS Marco Hernandez was 0-3 for Licey and committed an error.

Mexican Pacific Winter League
Ryan Buchter earned his third hold, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth in Culiacan’s 8-4 win over Jalisco. The left-hander fanned one and needed 15 pitches....Christian Villanueva grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth in Obregon’s 9-4 loss to Navojoa.

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