The Arizona Fall League got back at it Monday and all three contests were fairly one-sided. Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his AFL debut for the Desert Dogs who handled Salt River. Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko and the Javelinas used a big inning late to power past Mike Trout and the Scorpions. In Monday’s final game, Tampa’s Tim Beckham and Wil Myers of the Royals led the Saguaros to their AFL-best 13th victory over the Solar Sox.
Phoenix Desert Dogs – 4
Salt River Rafters – 1
The big news from this game was Aroldis Chapman. The lefty made his Arizona Fall League debut Monday, logging one hitless inning. Chapman walked a batter and struck out another in the first of his few ‘tune-ups’ as he gears up for winter ball.
Yankees infielder Corban Joseph went 2-5 and knocked in a pair of runs for the Desert Dogs. For the Rafters, Colorado’s Nolan Arenado tallied the only RBI while Ryan Wheeler and Adam Eaton of the Diamondbacks each contributed a pair of hits.
Scottsdale Scorpions – 4
Peoria Javelinas – 8
Scottsdale led early, but the Javelinas scored seven unanswered runs to put away the Scorpions. With the loss, Scottsdale drops to an Arizona Fall League-worst 5-12.
Offensively for the Javelinas, Jedd Gyorko and Brewers outfielder Kentrail Davis each drove in a pair of runs. Mike Trout collected two hits for the Scorpions while Giants’ top pick Joe Panik and Nationals catcher Derek Norris tallied two RBI’s a piece.
Surprise Saguaros – 8
Mesa Solar Sox – 3
Mesa was another club that went up early, only to watch their lead vanish. 2-0 Solar Sox after three, the Saguaros scored five runs in the 4th and 5th frames to go up for good. Surprise capped things off with a three run inning in the 9th.
Wil Myers and Tim Beckham combined to go 5-8 with a pair of doubles and five RBI’s for the Saguaros. Braves first baseman Joe Terdoslavich also drove in a pair for Surprise on his first long ball of the AFL season. Robbie Grossman of the Pirates and Baltimore’s Joe Mahoney and Brian Ward were the only Solar Sox to collect multiple hits.
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