Similar to last night’s extraordinary game six of the World Series, all three of Thursday’s Arizona Fall League contests were decided in the final frame. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout powered the Scorpions past Mesa, Peoria downed the Desert Dogs in 11, and a Wil Myers-led Surprise team rallied late to defeat the Rafters.
Mesa Solar Sox – 7
Scottsdale Scorpions – 8
Both clubs got off to a fast start offensively, as each scored in three of the game’s first four innings. Scottsdale went ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the 4th, but Mesa answered with a three spot in the 5th.
Suddenly, the bats went silent until Nationals’ top prospect Bryce Harper ended things on one swing. With his walk-off home run, Harper has now gone yard and tallied four RBI’s in consecutive games.
Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout collected three hits for the Scorpions while Boston’s Will Middlebrooks went 2-5. The Solar Sox were led by Aaron Hicks of the Twins, who continues to be red-hot. Hicks went 3-4 Thursday with a pair of doubles and RBI’s.
Peoria Javelinas – 7
Phoenix Desert Dogs – 5
Nine frames weren’t enough for the Desert Dogs and Javelinas, as this one took 11 innings to decide. Each team scored three runs in the 2nd, but Peoria eventually pulled ahead in the 5th. With the score 5-3 heading into the final frame of regulation, the Desert Dogs mustered a comeback, extending the game by knotting things up at 5-all. But Peoria would have the final word, as the Javelinas scored the winning runs in the 11th.
Peoria’s offense spread out the production Thursday, as seven players collected at least one hit and all but one either drove in or scored a run. The Desert Dogs were led by a pair of Yankees’ farmhands, Rob Segedin and Ronnier Mustelier, who combined to go 5-10 with a double, two home runs and four RBI’s.
Surprise Saguaros – 5
Salt River Rafters – 3
In a matchup of the best of the AFL East and West, the Saguaros used a late rally to defeat the Rafters. Trailing 3-2 late, Surprise scored once in the 8th and twice in the 9th to overtake Salt River.
Rockies’ prospect Nolan Arenado made it three straight games with a home run while Adam Eaton of the Diamondbacks contributed a pair of hits for the Rafters. Christian Colon and Wil Myers of the Royals each homered for Surprise.
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