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Yorman Rodriguez blasted a pair of homers for Glendale in a loss, Scottsdale crossed the plate three times in the 10th inning and Mesa beat Salt River in a rain-shortened affair.

Surprise outfielder Mitch Haniger
Surprise outfielder Mitch Haniger
used with permission from Flickr user BeGreen90

Hello prospecteers and baseball fans in general. Yesterday was the first day back from the Fall Stars break with Scottsdale going extras for the win, Surprise tore apart the Glendale pen despite a pair of longballs from Yorman Rodriguez, and Mesa beat up on Salt River. Now onto the details. WARNING: More tables ahead than an IKEA showroom.

League Standings

Mesa Solar Sox 13 8 1 -
Salt River Rafters 11 11 2.5
Scottsdale Scorpions 8 14 5
Surprise Saguaros 14 7 1 -
Glendale Desert Dogs 9 11 2 4.5
Peoria Javelinas 9 13 5.5

Game Recaps

Scottsdale 7 - Peoria 4 (10 innings)

It took 10 innings, but three runs in the top of the extra frame sealed the deal for Scottsdale, snapping an 8 game skid. Third baseman Kyle Kubitza went yard, adding a walk, two runs scored, two strike outs and an RBI. He also stole his first bag of the fall. Second baseman Tommy La Stella was 2-5 with a pair of RBI and a strike out. Designated hitter Addison Maruszak had a solid day, going 2-3 with two walks, a run scored and was caught stealing. Catcher Cam Maron also notched two hits with an RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Robby Hefflinger was 1-3 with a triple, run scored, walk and a strike out. Starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia had another rough outing, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in just three innings. He struck out one and gave up a homer. The next four relievers held Peoria at bay, starting with Tyler Waldron dancing around two hits and a walk without giving up a run. Cody Hall followed with a strike out in a clean frame, then Shae Simmons gave up two hits but struck out the side. Fellow Atlanta farmhand John Cornely took care of the seventh, striking out two and giving up one hit with a wild pitch. Brett Gerritse let the Javelinas back in the game by allowing two runs on one hit and two walks in the eighth. Chasen Bradford came on  for the final frames and only allowed a hit and hit a batter in two innings with one punch out.

The hear of the order came through for Peoria, totalling eight of the team's nine hits but the bullpen let it get away. Second baseman Cory Spangenberg had a great day going 3-5 with a home run, double, two RBI's, a run scored and a strike out. Short stop Chris Taylor was 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base. The big man at first Japhet Amador was 2-4 with a double, RBI and a punch out before being lifted for a pinch runner. Catcher Cameron Rupp was 1-4 with a walk, run scored and a stolen base. He also picked off a runner at second base. Left fielder Stefen Romero was the only other Javelina to get a hit and third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert was 0-3 with a walk, strike out, run scored, RBI and a sac fly. Matt Heidenreich got the start and threw four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with only one strike out and a home run allowed. Lefty Alex Sogard was first out of the pen, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Adys Portillo followed with a scoreless inning and just a hit allowed. Two innings went to Kyle Simon and he allowed a run on a walk and hit with two strike outs and a wild pitch. Next to get the ball was Mike Nesseth and he dropped it, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks (one intentional) in 1.2 innings, striking out two. Dominic Leone was brought in for the final out and he got it with a punch out.

Surprise 9 - Glendale 6

The Saguaros put up a crooked number late to take care of business against the Desert Dogs. Clean up man and left fielder Mitch Haniger was 2-4 with a three-run homer in the 8th inning, a double, and two runs scored. Center fielder Tyler Naquin went 3-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. Garin Cecchini knocked a double and drove in two in four at bats with a pair of strike outs and a run scored. Catcher Jorege Alfaro had a double and a run scored with a punch out. Mookie Betts was solid with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. Starting pitcher Will Roberts allowed a pair of runs, five hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. He lost control of one wild pitch and struck out four. Normally reliable Noe Ramirez allowed two runs on two hits with a home run allowed in 1.2 innings with three punch outs. Matt West tossed a scoreless frame for the win, walking one, striking out one and tossing a wild pitch. Branden Kline had another ineffective outing, allowing two runs in an inning with a home run allowed and a astrike out. David Goforth came in for the save and worked around two hits with one strike out.

Glendale got a solid start from Andrew Heaney, going five strong allowing two runs on three hits with a strike out. Jarrett Martin got past a walk and hit to throw a scoreless inning with a strike out. Colby Suggs allowed a run on a hit with a strike out in one inning, then Edgar Olmos came in and got rocked. He gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits, a walk, two throwing errors and a home run allowed. Nick Wittgren finished it off and gave up a pair of hits and a run in his inning. Right fielder Yorman Rodriguez led the charge on offense, knocking a pair of two run home runs and striking out twice. Jared Mitchell and Colin Moran had three hits a piece. Mitchell doubled, was caught stealing and struck out while Moran scored twice. First baseman Max Kepler doubled and walked, scoring once and catcher Chris O'Brien also doubled with a walk, strike out, and an RBI.

Mesa 5 - Salt River 4 (8 innings)

This one was cut short due to the rare occasion of rain. Mesa got a huge lift from Brian Goodwin who went 204 with a homer, three RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Jorge Soler knocked in two with a double and a punch out in four at bats. Tyler Collins, Max Muncy and David Frietas each were 1-3 with a run scored while Muncy struck out once and Collins made his second error. On the mound Matt Purke had a rough start allowing three runs on four hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out only one. Matt Loosen got the win even though he allowed a run on two hits, two walks and a strike out in an inning of work. Jeff Urlaub, Seth Frankoff, and Ryan Dull each threw hitless innings to finish the game. Urlaub struck out two and Frankoff had one punch out and a wild pitch with Dull getting the save.

Grayson Garvin got knocked around as much as Purke. He allowed four runs on four hits, a walk, home run allowed and three strike outs in four innings. Kraig Sitton allowed a run on two hits and a strike out in 0.2 innings, getting tagged with the loss. Two perfect frames from Dean Kiekhefer took them into the 8th inning. Cole White allowed hit and strike out before the game was called. First baseman Kyle Parker had three hits with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Andy Burns and Stephen Piscotty each had a hit in four at bats with Piscotty scoring a run. Richie Shaffer walked yet again, and also drove in one. Ryan Brett stole two bags going 0-3 with a walk and a strike out. Catcher Derrick Chung was 0-2 with a strike out, sac fly, and an RBI.

Probable Starters

Glendale @ Surprise - 3:35 PM EST

Glendale - RHP Stephen McCray - CWS (2-1, 13.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 1.43 GO/FO)

Surprise - LHP Will Lamb - TEX (0-1, 12 IP, 20 H, 18 R, 15 ER, 14 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 0.63 GO/FO)

Peoria @ Scottsdale - 3:35 PM EST

Peoria - RHP Johnny Barbato - SD (0-2, 7 IP, 11 H, 7 R/ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 0.44 GO/FO)

Scottsdale - RHP Hansel Robles - NYM (0-1, 12 IP, 11 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 0 HR, 0.19 GO/FO)

Mesa @ Salt River - 10:08 PM EST

Mesa - RHP Tommy Collier - DET (0-0, 14 IP, 11 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 0 HR, 1.14 GO/FO)

Salt River - RHP Sam Gaviglio - STL (1-0, 17.2 IP, 18 H, 10 R/ER, 6 BB, 15 K, 2 HR, 2.78 GO/FO)

League Leaders

PITCHING (min 10 IP)
Rank Category Player Team
1 ERA 0.57 Drew Hutchison TOR/SRR
1 WHIP 0.57 Drew Hutchison TOR/SRR
T-1 Wins 3 Sammy Solis WAS/MSS
3 Dallas Beeler CHC/MSS
T-1 Hits 5 Aaron Sanchez TOR/SRR
5 Kyle Simon PHI/PEO
T-1 5 Zack Thornton PIT/SCO
T-1 ER 1 Five players tied
T-1 BB 2 Five players tied
1 K 22 Bo Schultz AZ/SRR
1 IP 23.1 Bo Schultz AZ/SRR
1 FIP 1.91 Zack Thornton PIT/SCO
1 K/9 10.38 Aaron Northcraft ATL/SCO
1 K% 27.3 Zack Thornton PIT/SCO
T-1 BB/9 1.15 Vidal Nuno NYY/SCO
1.15 Drew Hutchison TOR/SRR
1 BB% 3.0 Vidal Nuno NYY/SCO
T-1 K/BB 7.0 Drew Hutchison TOR/SRR
7.0 Vidal Nuno NYY/SCO
HITTING (min. 20 PA)
Rank Category
Player Team
1 AVG .429 Derrick Chung TOR/SRR
1 OBP .552 Michael Ohlman BAL/SUR
1 SLG .870 Kris Bryant CHC/MSS
1 OPS 1.352 Michael Ohlman BAL/SUR
1 Hits 30 Tyler Naquin CLE/SUR
1 Runs 17 Kris Bryant CHC/MSS
T-1 Doubles 7 James Ramsey STL/SRR
1 Triples 3 Cory Vaughn NYM/SCO
1 HR 6 Kris Bryant CHC/MSS
1 RBI 17 Kris Bryant CHC/MSS
T-1 SB 9 Steven Souza WAS/MSS
9 Kenny Wilson TOR/SRR
1 BB 14 Richie Shaffer TB/SRR
1 K 2 Cameron Perkins PHI/PEO
1 Total Bases 47 Kris Bryant CHC/MSS
1 wOBA .580 Michael Ohlman BAL/SUR
1 wRC+ 251 Michael Ohlman BAL/SUR
1 ISO .481 Kris Bryant CHC/MSS
1 BB/K 4.33 Tommy La Stella ATL/SCO

Rank Category Player Team
T-1 ERA 0.00 Chasen Bradford NYM/SCO
0.00 Derek Law SF/SCO
0.00 Mike Morin LAA/MSS
0.00 Chad Rogers CIN/GDD
1 WHIP 0.56 Chasen Bradford NYM/SCO
T-1 Wins 3 Sammy Solis WAS/MSS
3 Dallas Beeler CHC/MSS
T-1 H 2 Lee Stoppelman STL/SRR
2 Cole White COL/SRR
T-1 ER 0 Eight players tied
T-1 BB 0 Jason Gurka BAL/SUR
0 Matt Ramsey TB/SRR
1 K 22 Bo Schultz AZ/SRR
1 FIP 0.83 Jeff Urlaub OAK/MSS
1 K/9 15.19 Cam Bedrosian LAA/MSS
T-1 BB/9 0.00 Jason Gurka BAL/SUR
0.00 Matt Ramsey TB/SRR
1 K/BB 11.0 Jeff Urlaub OAK/MSS
1 BAA .111 Lee Stoppelman STL/SRR

Team Leaders

Surprise Saguaros
Player Pos Team
AVG .385 Jorge Alfaro C TEX
OBP .552 Michael Ohlman C BAL
SLG .800 Michael Ohlman C BAL
OPS 1.352 Michael Ohlman C BAL
H 30 Tyler Naquin OF CLE
R 17 Tyler Naquin OF CLE
2B 7 Mitch Haniger OF MIL
HR 4 Travis Shaw 1B BOS
RBI 19 Mitch Haniger OF MIL
SB 7 Mookie Betts 2B BOS
BB 11 Garin Cecchini 3B BOS
K 4

Michael Ohlman; Henry Urrutia

ERA 0.00 Keone Kela RHP TEX
WHIP 0.73 Noe Ramirez RHP BOS
H 3 Noe Ramirez RHP BOS
ER 0 Keone Kela RHP TEX
BB 0 Jason Gurka LHP BAL
K 13 Miguel Pena; Branden Kline RHP; RHP BOS; BAL
W 2 Three players tied

Mesa Solar Sox
Player Pos Team
AVG .400 CJ Cron 1B LAA
OBP .456 CJ Cron 1B LAA
SLG .870 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
OPS 1.313 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
H 21 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
R 17 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
2B 6 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
HR 6 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
RBI 17 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
SB 9 Steven Souza OF WAS
BB 13 Matt Skole 3B WAS
K 3

Wes Darvill

ERA 0.00 Mike Morin; Jeff Urlaub RHP; LHP LAA; OAK
WHIP 0.78 Mike Morin RHP LAA
H 4 Mike Morin; Corey Knebel RHP; RHP LAA; DET
ER 0 Mike Morin; Jeff Urlaub RHP; LHP LAA; OAK
BB 1 Four players tied

K 20 Sammy Solis LHP WAS
W 3 Sammy Solis; Dallas Beeler LHP; RHP WAS; CHC
Salt River Rafters
Player Pos Team
AVG .429 Derrick Chung C TOR
OBP .500 Derrick Chung C TOR
SLG .538 Cristhian Adames SS COL
OPS 1.000 Derrick Chung C TOR
H 21 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
R 14 James Ramsey OF STL
2B 7 James Ramsey OF STL
HR 3 Dustin Garneau C COL
RBI 12 Cristhian Adames SS COL
SB 9 Kenny Wilson OF TOR
BB 14 Richie Shaffer 1B TB
K 3

Jacob Wilson

ERA 0.57 Drew Hutchison RHP TOR
WHIP 0.57 Drew Hutchison RHP TOR
H 2 Cole White; Lee Stoppelman RHP; LHP COL; STL
ER 1 Dan Houston; Drew Hutchison RHP; RHP COL; TOR
BB 0 Matt Ramsey RHP TB
K 22 Bo Schultz RHP AZ
W 2 Bo Schultz; Grayson Garvin RHP; LHP AZ; TB
Glendale Desert Dogs
Player Pos Team
AVG .348 Jared Mitchell OF CWS
OBP .475 Jared Mitchell OF CWS
SLG .609 Jared Mitchell OF CWS
OPS 1.083 Jared Mitchell OF CWS
H 18 Yorman Rodriguez OF CIN
R 12 Yorman Rodriguez OF CIN
2B 5 Max Kepler 1B MIN
HR 4 Yorman Rodriguez OF CIN
RBI 11 Yorman Rodriguez OF CIN
SB 4 Jared Mitchell OF CWS
BB 11 Jared Mitchell; Colin Moran OF; 3B CWS; MIA
K 4

Tucker Barnhart

ERA 0.00 Chad Rogers RHP CIN
WHIP 0.72 Nick Wittgren RHP MIA
H 5 Five players tied

ER 0 Chad Rogers RHP CIN
BB 2 Nick Wittgren RHP MIA
K 18 Alex Meyer RHP MIN
W 2 Four players tied

Peoria Javelinas
Player Pos Team
AVG .370 Chris Taylor SS SEA
OBP .442 Chris Taylor SS SEA
SLG .571 Cory Spangenberg 2B SD
OPS .986 Chris Taylor SS SEA
H 17 Chris Taylor SS SEA
R 9 Cory Spangenberg 2B SD
2B 5 Jorge Bonifacio OF KC
HR 2 Japhet Amador; Cory Spangenberg 1B; 2B HOU; SD
RBI 9 Japhet Amador 1B HOU
SB 7 Delino DeShields; Cory Spangenberg OF; 2B HOU; SD
BB 9 Delino DeShields OF HOU
K 2

Cameron Perkins; Jake Lowery

ERA 0.00 Dennis O'Grady RHP SD
WHIP 0.87 Kyle Simon RHP PHI
H 4 Dennis O'Grady RHP SD
ER 0 Dennis O'Grady RHP SD
BB 1 Dominic Leone RHP SEA
K 16 Angel Baez RHP KC
W 2 Alex Sogard; Angel Baez LHP; RHP HOU; KC
Scottsdale Scorpions
Player Pos Team
AVG .355 Andrew Susac C SF
OBP .500 Andrew Susac C SF
SLG .500 Peter O'Brien C NYY
OPS .952 Andrew Susac C SF
H 16 Mason Williams; Tommy La Stella OF; 2B NYY; ATL
R 9 Alen Hanson SS PIT
2B 5 Tommy La Stella 2B ATL
HR 4 Peter O'Brien C NYY
RBI 10 Tommy La Stella 2B ATL
SB 4 Alen Hanson; Cory Vaughn SS; OF PIT; NYM
BB 13 Tommy La Stella 2B ATL
K 2

Addison Maruszak

ERA 0.00 Three players tied

WHIP 0.56 Chasen Bradford RHP NYM
H 4 Chasen Bradford RHP NYM
ER 0 Three players tied

BB 1 Chasen Bradford RHP NYM
K 15 Aaron Northcraft RHP ATL
W 2 Chasen Bradford RHP NYM


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