Surprise, surprise. No, not the Surprise Saguaros, the Scottsdale Scorpions premier power hitter went yard again. He also happens to be the Yankees’ top first base prospect. Greg Bird was at it again Monday night as the Scorpions won in their Arizona Fall League bout against the Peoria Javelinas 6-2.
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Peoria struck first with a run in the top of the first, but the Scorpions stung right back. Right fielder Aaron Judge, who was named to the Arizona Fall-Star Game this Saturday, came around and scored the second run of the inning to give the Scorpions the lead and they would never look back. The Javelinas would score again to make it 3-2, but Bird’s Arizona League-leading sixth home run in the eighth inning. The three-run blast would bring him to 17 RBI which also lead the AFL. No other Yankees prospects saw an at bat Monday.
Phillies’ prospect Adam Morgan finally picked up his elusive first win of the AFL season after getting beat up his past two starts. He didn’t have his A-game Monday, but pitched well enough to get the W going four innings striking out three and allowing two runs (although only one earned). Five Scorpions relievers went one shutout inning a piece to lock down the win. Alex Smith hurled one of those innings, striking out one while walking another to finally get his ERA to single digits on the season. The Yankees prospect’s ERA sits at 9.95.
The win evens the Scorpions record at 9-9 on the season. The Scorpions take on the Saguaros Tuesday afternoon. Pirates’ prospect Tom Harlan takes the mound. First pitch is 3:35 PM EST.