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2014 Minor League Ball AFL Gameday, October 11th

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Andrew Aplin
Andrew Aplin
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So much offense in such a short amount of time. Another two teams have scored double digits in a game, but this time, one squad only took one inning to get the job done.

Game Recaps from Friday, October 10th

Salt River - Peoria

Salt River tore through three Peoria pitchers while scoring 11 runs in the fifth inning of their match up with the Javelinas, leading to a 12-2 victory. The Rafters send 15 batters to the plate that inning and tallied eight hits, two doubles, five walks, and a grand slam in the frame. RF Andrew Aplin (SRR) led the charge with four hits, two runs scored, and the grand slam. 1B Ryan Casteel (SRR) and SS Trevor Story (SRR) each doubled with Story also plating three runs, scoring twice, while Casteel also walked twice and scored two runs. 2B Justin Bohn (SRR), CF Bryon Buxton (SRR), LF Eddie Rosario (SRR), and 3B Rio Ruiz (SRR) all had two singles in the game as well. C Justin O'Conner (PEJ) had a pair of base knocks with his third double, a single, strike out and a run scored. 3B Jacob Wilson (PEJ) also doubled for the third time the Fall for the Javelinas, also adding a single, walk, and two RBI's.

Both starting pitchers cruised through four innings with LHP Jayson Aquino (SRR) only allowing a single hit while striking out three with six ground outs to one fly out. His opposition, RHP Tyrell Jenkins (PEJ) surrendered four hits, no runs and no walks while punching out four and inducing five ground outs to one fly out. Aquino walked away with the win while Jenkins did not factor into the decision. The loss was handed to LHP Nick Maronde (PEJ) who faced seven batters and did not retire a single one. He allowed five hits and two walks, amounting to six runs.


Scottsdale - Glendale

A late rally by the Scottsdale bats led to a 6-5 win over Glendale. The Scorpions strung together three straight singles before RF Aaron Judge (SCO) launched a double to left, driving in two to tie the game. 1B Greg Bird (SCO) then drove him home with the go-ahead single to center. Bird also walked, struck out and was picked off while Judge also struck out and threw a runner out at home. SS Matt Reynolds (SCO) knocked a triple and walked, scoring both times on base while also striking out twice. SS Corey Seager (GDD) continued his rampage, roping a triple and a single while driving in one and striking out once. CF Tyrone Taylor (GDD), and 3B Jason Esposito (GDD) were the only other Desert Dogs to have a multi-hit game, with both hitting a pair of singles and Taylor driving in one and scoring once. C Kevan Smith (GDD) had the only other extra base hit, collecting his second double of the Fall and allowing a passed ball.

LHP Robbie Ray (GDD) got the ball for Glendale and tossed a pair of scoreless frames, allowing one hit and striking out two. The opposing starter, LHP Tom Harlan (SCO) didn't fare quite as well, allowing two runs on a pair of walks and three hits. RHP Alex Smith (SCO) took home the win despite allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk and one inning with one strike out as well. RHP Kyle Haynes (SCO) worked the save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out one. Chad Smith (GDD) took the loss and blew the save by only registering one out, a strike out, in seven batters faced. He surrendered five hits, a wild pitch, and a walk with four runs scoring and one strike out.


Surprise - Mesa

The largest offensive outburst so far this Fall came from the Surprise Saguaros last night, hammering the Mesa Solar Sox for 16 hits in their 14-3 victory. The Saguaros benefited from four multi-hit games, including a four hit night from RF Kyle Waldrop (SUR), three hits from 2B Sean Coyle (SUR), and two a piece for LF Jesse Winker (SUR) and C John Hicks (SUR). Waldrop launched a two run bomb, doubled, singled twice, plated three and scored three times on his own. Coyle tripled, stole a bag, drove in two, scored once, walked, and struck out while Winker hit his second double, walked, scored once, drove in four and went down swinging once. Hicks also doubled and drove in two. Other Saguaro performances of note include CF Rusney Castillo (SUR) with a single, stolen base, walk, throwing error and three runs scored while SS Deven Marrero (SUR) reached base three times on a pair of walks and a single, stole a base, drove one in and scored twice. Mesa was unable to muster much offense with RF Chad Hinshaw (MSS) notching the only multi-hit game with his third double, a single, a walk, strike out and was caught stealing. SS Daniel Robertson (MSS) was also caught on the base paths after reaching on a single and a walk, also scoring once. C Pedro Severino (MSS) plated one in the game with a single, walk, and a strike out as well. 2B Jon Berti (MSS), and 3B Kaleb Cowart (MSS) were the only Solar Sox successful on the bases with Berti notching his second swipe while Cowart got his first stolen base and also made his second error of the Fall, booting a ground ball.

The game was close through four frames with both starters pitching decently enough. RHP Nick Howard (SUR) tossed three innings with two runs allowed on four hits, a hit batter, and three strike outs while opposing starter RHP CJ Edwards (MSS) handled the first two innings, surrendering a run on three hits and a walk with one punch out. Neither pitcher were factors in the decision as RHP Stephen Landazuri (SUR) took home the W with two innings of one run ball, giving up a pair of hits and a pair of walks while punching out one to move to 1-1 on the Fall. RHP Neil Holland (MSS) took the loss after getting rocked to the tune of five runs in one inning. Holland allowed four hits, a walk, a hit batter, and the home run to Kyle Waldrop with one strike out.


Surprise Stadium, home of the Surprise Saguaros and the home field for the Peoria Javelinas, has pitchf/x installed so we can see velocity readings for each pitcher.

Salt River -

Jayson Aquino* 89-92 76-78 76-82 80-86 81
Vincent Velasquez 93-96 81-83 80-81 84-86 -
Jason Adam 89-93 73-82 81-83 74-83 -
Brian Ellington 96-98 - 79-87 87 -
Mitch Lambson* 84-86 - 73 75 -

* denotes a left handed pitcher

Peoria -

Player FB CB SL CH
Tyrell Jenkins 91-96 82-83 84-85 84-88
Nick Maronde* 88-91 - 82-84 82-85
Matt Lollis 91-93 81 79-83 82-86
Brandon Cunniff 91-95 - 82-85 82
Sam Selman* 89-91 - - -
Zach Cooper 88-93 - 82-83 82-86

Check out all the stats from yesterday's action in the link below along with the Probable Starters and Standings further down.

Minor League Ball AFL Gameday


Hitting Performance of the Day -

Andrew Aplin (CF - Salt River) 4/5, Grand Slam (1), 4 RBI (4), 2 R, K

Photo credit - Jayne Hansen

Pitching Performance of the Day -

Jayson Aquino (LHP - Salt River) 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6:1 GO:FO

jayson aquino

Photo credit - Charlie Drysdale


Probable Starters

Scottsdale Scorpions (2-2) @ Surprise Saguaros (3-1) - 2:35 PM EST

Rob Whalen (RHP - SCO) vs Lisalverto Bonilla (RHP - SUR)

Peoria Javelinas (2-2) @ Mesa Solar Sox (0-3) - 9:35 PM EST

Dylan Baker (RHP - PEJ) vs Nate Smith (LHP - MSS)

Salt River Rafters (3-1) @ Glendale Desert Dogs (1-2) - 9:35 PM EST

Anthony DeSclafani (RHP - SRR) vs Wei-Chung Wang (LHP - GDD)



East Division
Team W L T GB
Salt River 3 1 0 -
Scottsdale 2 2 0 1
Mesa 0 3 0 2.5

West Division
Team W L T GB
Surprise 3 1 0 -
Peoria 2 2 0 1
Glendale 1 2 0 1.5