Szczur homers but can't push Mesa past Peoria

Szczur homers but can't push Mesa past Peoria

Szczur homers but can't push Mesa past Peoria
The Solar Sox are struggling and not even Matt Szczur can be their one-man remedy.

The Cubs' No. 6 prospect homered and singled twice in five at-bats on Thursday afternoon in Mesa's 7-3 defeat to the Peoria Javelinas. The Solar Sox (5-14) sport the Arizona Fall League's worst record.

Playing center field and leading off, the right-handed hitting Szczur's second three-hit game raised his AFL batting average to .286 but had an opportunity to do more. He also came to bat with the bases loaded and two outs (the game-tying run standing at first base) in the eighth inning but grounded out to end the rally.

Javelinas starter Tim Crabbe (Reds) was charged with a run on three hits, including Szczur's third-inning solo shot, over three frames. Padres prospect Matt Stites earned the win after fanning three over 1 2/3 hitless innings of relief and fellow Padres farmhand Kevin Quackenbush picked up his fifth save with 1 1/3 perfect frames.

Solar Sox starter Nick Tropeano (Astros) gave up a hit and nothing else over two scoreless innings. He struck out four.

Reliever Clay Schrader (Orioles) was on the mound to start the Javelinas' four-run, game-turning sixth. Evan Bigley (Twins) tripled home a run, and Nate Roberts (Twins) singled home another. In fact, the right field-left field, combo combined to go 7-for-10 at the plate.

Roberts finished with four hits and Bigley was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Schrader (0-1) lasted just the one inning.

The Javelinas (12-9) ended a five-game skid.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to and writes the Prospective Blog. Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.