The pitchers settled in for yesterday’s slate of Arizona Fall League games, as only one club was able to post double-digit runs. The top performers from Thursday’s action were Tigers prospect Hernan Perez, Brian Dozier of the Twins, and Indian’s minor leaguers Jesus Aguilar and Tim Fedroff. Meanwhile, Bryce Harper went 0-5 to remain hitless over his first two AFL games.
Scottsdale Scorpions – 2
Salt River Rafters – 3
After putting up a pair of runs in the 2nd, Scottsdale clung to a 2-1 advantage for much of the game. Salt River was finally able to breakthrough in the 8th, when Alex Castellanos’ tied things up with his solo shot. Then, in the bottom of the 9th, Hernan Perez’s double scored Dixon Machado to give the Rafters a 3-2 walk-off victory.
Scottsdale’s Bryce Harper is now 0-8 with two strikeouts over his first two Arizona Fall League games.
Surprise Saguaros – 8
Mesa Solar Sox – 7
The Surprise Saguaros used a five run 5th inning to propel past the Solar Sox of Mesa. The Saguaros used only nine hits to tally their eight runs, as they also depended on six free passes from Mesa pitchers. Wil Myers tripled in four at bats for Surprise while Brian Dozier went 4-4 with a home run and three RBI’s Thursday for the Solar Sox.
Dozier now has a hit in each of his first three AFL games, good for a line of .462/.533/.769.
Phoenix Desert Dogs – 10
Peoria Javelinas – 4
What appears to be the day’s most lopsided affair actually stayed close until the Desert Dogs broke things open late in the game. Phoenix scored six runs over the first six frames, but the Javelinas responded with four runs of their own from the 5th to 7th innings. Phoenix put the game out of reach in the 8th and 9th, putting up four runs between the two frames.
Indians prospects Jesus Aguilar and Tim Fedroff carried the load offensively for the Desert Dogs, combining to go 6-7 with five extra base hits and six RBI’s. No one on the Javelinas was able to produce a multi-hit game, as another Indian farmhand, T.J. McFarland, and the rest of Phoenix’s pitchers held Peoria to three earned runs on seven hits.
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