Pimentel shines, Nov. 23 Cubs Recap

Carlos Pimentel made his first start as a Cub.

RHP Carlos Pimental made his first start since signing a free agent contract with Cubs as the 23-year-old former Ranger farmhand tossed five shutout innings for Escogido in the DWL before leaving in the sixth after a leadoff bunt single.

Venezuelan Winter League

Luis Valbuena went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored in Lara's 12-3 win over Aragua. Valbuena was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Yeiper Castillo allowed an earned run in his fifth straight appearance as the right-hander allowed all three inherited runners to score in the fourth after entering the game with one out. After hitting a batter to force in a un, Castillo allowed a grand slam. He also fanned three batters in the inning, one reaching on a wild pitch, in Zulia's 9-4 loss to Magallanes.

Caracas' Hector Rondon (2-0 1.74 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth despite allowing a double and two walks. Rondon fanned a pair, including the third out with the bases loaded. Caracas lost to Caribes 9-8 in 13 innings.

Dominican Winter League

Escogido's Carlos Pimentel (2-0 2.61 ERA), recently signed to free agent contract by the Cubs, worked five scoreless innings and allowed a leadoff bunt single to the only hitter he faced in the sixth, eventually scoring. Pimentel allowed two hits while walking one with three punchouts. He got five ground ball outs and only faced 17 hitters. The 23-year-old could start 2014 in AAA Iowa. Escogido lost to Gigantes 8-2 and Pimentel didn't figure in the decision, although his team was winning 2-0 when he left in the sixth.

CF Junior Lake raised his average to . 353 going 2-4 with his 10th RBI in Estrellas' 7-3 loss to Aguilas.

Alberto Cabrera worked a scoreless inning in his first action of the winter during Toros 4-2 win over Licey. Julio Borbon scored a run as a pinch-runner for Licey in their two-run ninth.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Walter Ibarra was 1-3 in Mazatlan's 8-3 win over Obregon. Ibarra extended his hitting streak to four games. Christian Villanueva was 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts for Obregon.

Marcus Hatley (1-2 3.00 ERA) got charged with a blown save and a loss allowing two runs in the top of the ninth in Culican's 4-3 loss to Mexicali. Two throwing errors (one by Hatley), two hits, and two walks led to two-run ninth.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Rubi Silva (310) went 3-6 (three singles) and scored twice in Ponce's 10-8 win over Caguas. Jonathan Mota (.176) was 0-5 with three strikeouts.

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