All six teams were in action yesterday in the Arizona Fall League. The offense was once again king, as four of the clubs put up double digit hit totals, including home runs from Tim Beckham, Wil Myers, Grant Green and Anthony Gose. But one club’s bats were silenced Wednesday, as Bryce Harper, Gary Brown and the Scottsdale Scorpions were held to only two hits and a single run.
Phoenix Desert Dogs – 10
Mesa Solar Sox – 4
While the Desert Dogs and Solar Sox were even in the hits department, Phoenix was able to come away with the victory because they made their big hits count. The Desert Dogs hit four home runs, accounting for nine of their runs. Gose hit his second in as many games, while Green, Roberto Perez and Cody Puckett all hit their first home runs of the Arizona Fall League.
Scottsdale Scorpions – 1
Surprise Saguaros – 10
This was easily Wednesday’s most lopsided contest. Surprise pitchers held the Scorpions to only two hits and didn’t walk a single batter. Five guys combined to hold Scottsdale to one hit over their first eight frames, as Shane Dyer and Dan Jennings contributed strong multi-inning efforts.
The Saguaros offense was another club to rely on the long ball. Beckham and Myers each hit solo shots, while Michael Ott crushed a pair of home runs including a grand slam.
Brown had the Scorpions only extra base hit and run scored, while Harper went 0-3 with a strikeout in his 2011 Arizona Fall League debut.
Peoria Javelinas – 13
Salt River Rafters – 7
Peoria had all kinds of men on base against Salt River Wednesday, tallying 15 hits and six walks. Four players turned in multi-hit efforts, including Scooter Gennett and Logan Schafer who had three-hit games.
Forrest Snow got it done on the mound for the Javelinas, providing three perfect innings of work to start the game.
If you’d take out the bottom of the 5th inning, this game would be about as lopsided as the Scottsdale vs. Surprise contest. During that wild frame, the Rafters had five of their eight hits and scored all seven of their runs.
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