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Cubs' Vosler comes up big with walk-off triple in AFL

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MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs prospect Jason Vosler walked to the plate on Friday with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, his team trailing by a run. The third baseman was hitless that day, and he knew he needed something big.

With runners on first and third, Vosler hit a sharp line drive to center field, sending both runners home. His walk-off triple lifted the Mesa Solar Sox to a 7-6 victory over Surprise.

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs prospect Jason Vosler walked to the plate on Friday with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, his team trailing by a run. The third baseman was hitless that day, and he knew he needed something big.

With runners on first and third, Vosler hit a sharp line drive to center field, sending both runners home. His walk-off triple lifted the Mesa Solar Sox to a 7-6 victory over Surprise.

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"It felt good, personally, because I was 0-for-4 going into that, so I was happy to get another AB there and give the team a chance to win," Vosler said.

Vosler was a 16th-round pick in the 2014 Draft from Northeastern University in Boston. He was one of eight players with a hit in Friday's game, and he joined Sean Murphy and Kyle Tucker as one of three players with two RBIs. Murphy is the Oakland A's No. 11 prospect, and Tucker is the Houston Astros' No. 1 prospect. Tucker also is No. 7 on the MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

"We had a little bit of rally going there," Vosler said. "Like I said, I was looking for a good pitch to hit, I was able to get it, drove it into the gap, and Kody [Eaves] was able to come around and score."

It was a slow start for the Solar Sox, who trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. That was when the bats came alive, and the team put some numbers on the board. Going into the ninth inning, the Solar Sox were still trailing 6-3. After an action-packed inning for the hosts, Vosler's at-bat was just what they needed to seal the comeback.

"It's just a good win," Vosler said. "Anytime you can get a win, it has the team feeling good, especially going into the off-days here. It just gives us a good team vibe."

The Solar Sox victory lifts their record to 5-5. Mesa will look to extend its two-game win streak and take control of the East as they travel to Scottsdale on Monday.

Brittany Bowyer is a graduate journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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