The Arizona Fall League was back in action last night. Two of the top arms in the 2011 draft were on display, as Gerrit Cole and Danny Hultzen continued their impressive AFL seasons. Offensively, the bats went fairly silent Monday, but a few players were able to post solid efforts at the dish including; Bryce Harper, Brandon Crawford, Tim Beckham, Wil Myers, Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams.
Mesa Solar Sox – 3
Phoenix Desert Dogs – 1
Pitching ruled this matchup early, but the Mesa bats were able to wake up late to propel the club to victory. Pirates’ top pick Gerrit Cole had another solid start, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts over his three innings. Yankees’ right-hander David Phelps was a touch better, holding the Solar Sox scoreless over his five one-hit frames.
Phoenix clung to a one run advantage until Mesa was finally able to break through in the 7th. The Solar Sox went on to score two more runs in the 8th, putting them up for good. Orioles’ farmhands Joe Mahoney and Xavier Avery combined to go 3-6 for Mesa while Minnesota’s Brian Dozier drove in two RBI’s.
No Desert Dog was able to collect more than a single hit. Ronnier Mustelier of the Yankees had Phoenix’s lone RBI.
Salt River Rafters – 0
Peoria Javelinas – 8
Peoria dominated Salt River behind Mariners’ top prospect Danny Hultzen and the rest of their pitching staff. Hultzen worked four scoreless frames, surrendering two hits while striking out five. Over his five starts and 16 2/3 innings pitched in the Arizona Fall League, Hultzen has maintained a 1.62 ERA.
Peoria lit up Hultzen’s opposition, collecting five runs and 10 hits against Salt River’s starter, Astros’ lefty Dallas Keuchel. San Diego’s Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams of the Cardinals did much of the damage for the Javelinas, combining to go 5-9 with four extra base hits and eight RBI’s.
Surprise Saguaros – 8
Scottsdale Scorpions – 5
Scottsdale jumped out to an early lead but weren’t able to hold on against the Saguaros. Surprise put up a three spot in the 4th and another in the 6th to go up for good.
The Saguaros were led by the top of their lineup; Florida’s Kevin Mattison, Tim Beckham of the Rays and Royals’ prospect Wil Myers. Mattison tallied three hits and a RBI, Beckham hit his third homer of the AFL and drove in two and Myers doubled and drove in a run.
Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper and San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford each finished with a pair of hits and RBI’s. Harper is now 7-16 with four extra base hits and 12 RBI’s over his last four games.
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