McNutt Off To Hot Start For Mesa

McNutt Off To Hot Start For Mesa
October 7, 2011, 11:37 pm
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Friday Oct. 7, 2011
Posted: 6:30 p.m.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox
Trey McNutt had mixed results this season at Double-A Tennessee, a year that could be described as disappointing when considering that he combined to win 10 games at three different levels in 2010.

McNutt, who won five games this season, made his AFL debut Friday afternoon and though he didnt factor in the decision as Mesa dropped a 4-3 decision at Salt River. He pitched three perfect innings, needing only 32 pitches to get through his outing. Twenty of those pitches were strikes as he exited without striking out a batter.

Fellow Cubs pitcher Marcus Hatley wasnt as fortunate. He was charged with the loss after giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth. He allowed a hit and a walk in 1 13 innings and was on the bench watching as Brandon Kloess, who pitched at three levels for the White Sox, induced what could have been a game-ending doubleplay.

Kloess got Nolan Arenado to hit a grounder but second baseman Jack Cunninghams throwing error allowed the winning run to score. Arenado was the first batter Kloess faced.

Josh Vitters went 1-for-4 for Mesa while DJ LeMahieu went hitless in four at-bats though he scored a run. White Sox prospect Brandon Short was had a triple and a walk in three at-bats while Tyler Saladino had a triple in four at-bats.
IBAF WORLD CUP
The undefeated Netherlands handed the United States its second loss of the IBAF World Cup Friday night, earning a 7-5 victory at Remon Cantera Stadium in Aguadulce City, Panama. The Cubs and the White Sox each had players contribute in a positive way after Los Angeles Angels starter Matt Shoemaker allowed seven runs in three innings.

Justin Cassell, who pitched at three levels for the White Sox this season, followed Shoemaker and pitched three scoreless innings. He fanned five and allowed only one hit. Jeff Beliveau, who split the season between Class-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee for the Cubs, then threw two no-hit innings of his own, fanning four.

Sox prospect Andrew Garcia had a pair of hits, drew a walk and scored twice for the US. Teammate Jordan Danks went hitless in a pinch-hitting appearance while former Cubs top pick Brett Jackson went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

The US 3-2 will face Panama on Saturday night at Rod Care Stadium in Panama City while the Dutch improved to 5-0.