Arizona Fall Cubs: Donald Veal Wild, Nate Spears Hot

Harry PavlidisSenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2008

The Mesa Solar Sox and Peoria Saguaros faced off Friday afternoon in Peoria. The 18-10 shoot-out featured some good, and some bad, from Cubs prospects, with the Solar Sox ending up on top.

The Sox day included a seven-run inning, only to be topped by an eigh-spot in the ninth. The Saguaros committed six errors, and gave up 21 hits and six walks.

Donald Veal, being looked at as a lefty reliever, got obliterated in the sixth inning. Getting only one out, Veal allowed five runs, three earned, on just a single hit.

Veal walked the first three hitters he faced, before giving up a single and another walk. Those four walks were the only by a Solar Sox pitcher.

Veal was yanked after two runners had scored, but another single and catcher Steve Clevenger's error and passed ball let all of Veals' runners score. The 9-5 lead turned into a 10-9 deficit.

Clevenger did contribute to the offense, despite two costly mistakes with the glove. The AFL veteran drew three walks, and knocked an RBI double in the ninth.

Nate Spears, who also committed his first error of the fall season, continued to rake. With two doubles, a single, two runs, and two RBI, Spears actually lowered his OPS to 1.471. Not a bad start to the short season.

Tyler Colvin and Darwin Barney did not play, and neither have put up good numbers to date.

For OPS and ERA for all Cubs Fall/Winter players, please see my Winter Cubs post, which is updated daily.