Scorpions Saguaros Saturday Slugfest

November 9, 2008 by  

The American Division leading Peoria Saguaros hosted the Scottsdale Scorpions Saturday afternoon on a gorgeous day for baseball. The Scorpions who have the second poorest winning percentage in the AFL played in a high-scoring wild game in Peoria. Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had a superb performance that would help the Scorpions beat the Saguaros by a score of 16-15.

Both teams scored early on when the teams were tied at two after the first inning of play. Scottsdale would take back the lead in the third inning and would score four more runs in the fourth inning, only to have the Saguaros answer back with six runs of their own. As the game neared completion, the Scorpions would score seven more runs in the top of the ninth inning, making the score 16-10. The Saguaros would make a run at coming back with five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, falling just short of prolonging the game. Mark Trumbo assisted the Scorpions by going 4 for 6 with a home run and four RBIs. Mark’s home run was his first of the Arizona Fall League.

In Surprise, the Rafters faced the Peoria Javalinas from just down the street. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, the parks are about ten minutes apart, both off of Bell Road. The Rafters trailed for the majority of the game and seemed to be only scoring one run for every two runs that the Javelinas scored. The Rafters would have an exciting bottom of the eighth inning where they would score 5 runs to finally take the lead. The big eighth inning would end up being the difference in the game as the Rafters go on to win by a score of 6-9.

In other AFL action, the Mesa Solar Sox defeat the Phoenix Desert Dogs by a score of 2-1. Phoenix seemed to be having a bit of an “off day” as the team only managed four hits in their loss to Mesa. Sox pitching combined with 15 strikeouts while rotating in six pitchers for the win.

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