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Minor League Ball Gameday, Oct 19: AFL Edition

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A daily round up of the previous night's action and a look ahead to the games today.

Mesa slugger and AFL leader in home runs, Kris Bryant.
Mesa slugger and AFL leader in home runs, Kris Bryant.

Good afternoon prospect watchers. We had an eventful day of baseball out in the desert yesterday with Mesa taking their first loss of the fall, The Battle of the Dales going extras and Salt River staved off a late run from Peoria.


Mesa Solar Sox 7 1 1 -
Scottsdale Scorpions 3 6 4.5
Salt River Rafters 3 6 4.5
Glendale Desert Dogs 5 3 1 -
Surprise Saguaros 5 4 0.5
Peoria Javelinas 3 6 2.5

Game Recaps

It was a slug fest out in Mesa yesterday as Surprise scored twice in the 9th to break the tie and beat Mesa 11-9. Surprise came out of the gates swinging, scoring four batters into the game with an RBI double off the bat of Henry Urrutia. A sacrifice fly from Travis Shaw added another run before Jorge Alfaro singled in one of his own. Mesa began chipping away at the lead in the next inning with a run scoring single from Adrian Nieto. They would jump ahead in the 3rd with Kris Bryant hitting an RBI ground-rule double to start the rally, with Matt Skole and Jorge Soler hitting back to back RBI singles. A bases loaded walk to Dixon Machado brought home the fourth run of the inning, bringing the score to 5-3 in favor of the Solar Sox. It didn't take long for the Saguaros to counter with a crooked number, scoring six times in the top half of the 4th inning. Consecutive RBI doubles off the bat of Joe Wendle, then Garin Cecchini chased Kenny Faulk from the game. Cam Bedrosian entered and immediately gave up an RBI single to Mitch Haniger. Shaw finished off the inning with a three run homer to right field and the scoreboard read 9-5. A two run shot to left by Bryant cut the lead to two in the bottom half of the inning, then another in the 6th to right center of the solo variety brought them to within one. The tying run came on the unlikeliest of plays in the 8th; a stike out by Bryant got past Alfaro and the throw went wild, scoring CJ Cron from second base. A sac fly from Wendle and RBI single by Tyler Naquin put Surprise ahead in the 9th and gave them an insurance run. They wouldn't need it though, with Keith Couch shutting the door with a clean 9th inning.

Surprise starter Will Lamb couldn't make it through the 3rd, throwing 2.2 innings, giving up five hits, five runs, four walks and four strike outs to go with a hit batsmen. Jason Gurka supplied 1.1 innings of relief, allowing three hits, an unearned run, and a strike out. David Goforth got the win with 0.2 innings of scoreless relief, walking one while getting both outs via the K. Couch set down the side in order for the save. Dallas Beeler took the bump for Mesa and fared a little better than his counterpart. He went three innings, allowing six hits, three runs, two walks and a punch out. Faulk and Bedrosian took the brunt of the damage, giving up six hits, and six runs in two innings combined with two walks, three strike outs and a home run allowed. Mike Morin, Corey Knebel, and Ryan Dull supplied scoreless innings for Mesa with Morin only giving up a walk with two strike outs. Knebel allowed a single hit and Dull struck out one with two hits allowed. Armando Rivero blew it for the Sox, giving up two hits, two runs (one earned) and a walk in one inning.

Scottsdale beat Glendale 2-1 in 10 innings

Salt River beat Peoria 5-3

Probable Starters

Scottsdale - Vidal Nino (LHP-NYY) at "Peoria" - Kyle Hunter (LHP-SEA) 3:35 PM EST**

Salt River - Drew Hutchison (RHP-TOR) at Mesa - Michael Roth (LHP-LAA) 9:35 PM EST

Surprise - Tim Berry (LHP-BAL) at Glendale - Trevor May (RHP-MIN) 9:35 PM EST

**Peoria does not play any games at their home stadium this fall due to renovations.

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