Cubs Pitchers Get Off To Shaky AFL Start; Vitters Plays First Base


Thursday Oct. 14, 2010
Posted: 7:45 A.M.
By Kevin Czerwinski

It was Chicagos turn to supply the pitching for Mesa Wednesday night and only one of the four Cubs prospects that appeared came away unscathed in a 6-3 loss to visiting Phoenix.

Kyle Smit, whom Chicago acquired in a July deadline deal with the Dodgers, picked up where he left off in the regular season. He fanned three over two hitless innings while also issuing a walk. Smit was 5-1 with a save, posting a 1.96 ERA over 12 games after joining Tennessee following the trade. He had a combined 1.23 ERA over his final 36 13 innings this year with the Smokies, Chattanooga and Inland Empire.

Jake Muyco, who had a solid season out of the bullpen for Tennessee, made the start and allowed two runs on six hits over three innings. He had allowed that many hits only once in 40 appearances during the regular season, an expected number because most of his outings were limited to two innings or less.

Chris Carpenter, who spent the season with Tennessee, took the loss after allowing a run on three hits over two innings. David Cales, meanwhile, allowed two runs one earned on three hits in an inning.

Infielder Ryan Flaherty, who was the DH, was 1-for-3 with a walk. In an interesting move, Josh Vitters, the Cubs first-round pick in 2007, played first base. It was the first time he had done so in his professional career. Prior to Wednesdays action, Vitters had always been at third base or DH. Vitters, who missed the final month and a half of the regular season plus the post-season with a broken hand at Double-A Tennessee, was 0-for-4.

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