The Arizona Fall League only featured two contests Tuesday, as the third was postponed. With the short slate, the other two games provided plenty of action on their own. Wil Myers and Mike Olt led the Saguaros past Robbie Grossman and the Solar Sox in extras, while Salt River narrowly edged the Desert Dogs.
Mesa Solar Sox – 6
Surprise Saguaros – 8
This game was back and forth from the start. Neither club led by more than two runs at any point of the contest, and the game remained tied heading into the 9th. Mesa went up in the final frame of regulation, but Surprise again answered with a home run by Leury Garcia of the Rangers. After a scoreless top of the 10th, another Rangers’ farmhand Ryan Strausborger ended things with his walk-off two run homer.
Pirates’ outfielder Robbie Grossman took over the AFL home run lead early in the game, launching his sixth of the season. Texas slugger Mike Olt made sure Grossman didn’t hold that top honor to himself for very long, hitting his sixth homer and second of the contest in the frame following Grossman’s shot. Royals prospect Wil Myers also chipped in offensively for the Saguaros, going 3-5 with a run scored and RBI.
Salt River Rafters – 4
Phoenix Desert Dogs – 3
Pitchers managed to stifle their counterparts in yesterday’s second game. The Rafters and Desert Dogs combined to compile seven runs on 14 hits, which is less than the eight runs on 16 hits the Saguaros managed on their own.
The game remained tied at two late, but the Rafters scored a pair of runs in the 7th to take the lead for good. Phoenix cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the frame, but that’s as close as they could get.
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