Jon Lester was named the Game 1 starter for Saturday night against the Dodgers, 4-3 winners over the Nationals in their Game 5 winner-take-all on Thursday night. Kyle Hendricks is expected to go in Game 2 after getting hit by a line drive in his last start against the Giants in Game 2 of the NLDS. The best-of-seven series will be played in the two oldest NL parks.
Arizona Fall League
Eloy Jimenez got the start at DH and was 0-for-4 with a walk in the Solar Sox 7-5 win over Salt River. He was the only Cub that played. Look for the 19-year-old to get a lot of publicity in the AFL because 1) a lot of scouts are seeing him for the first time; 2) He’s really, really good at several aspects of the game.
Venezuelan Winter League
LH Gerardo Concepcion fired a pair of scoreless relief innings and fanned three in Magallanes’ 4-3 loss to Zulia. 2B Bryant Flete had two singles, drew two walks and scored once for the winners......2B Gioskar Amaya had two hits, including a double, and knocked in a run in Aragua’s 7-5 loss to Margarita.
Dominican Winter League
Mexican Pacific Winter League
3B Christian Villanueva (.429) singled and walked is Obregon’s 4-2 loss to Hermosillo. Villanueva’s days as a Cub may be numbered as he’s currently listed on the Cubs 60-day DL and is out of options.