Scorpions Rally Falls Short in AFL Action


Well, the Scottsdale Scorpions came out of the Arizona Fall League Fall Star Break just like they entered it: with a loss. The Scorpions made it close and never gave up, but inevitably dropped a loss in Monday’s AFL action. Scottsdale fell to the Peoria Juvelinas 6-5.

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The Juvelinas jumped out to an early 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Phillies’ prospect Adam Morgan got shelled early and was never able to turn it around. Morgan let up five runs over his three innings pitched, including a two-run bomb to Tampa Rays first base prospect Patrick Leonard in the third inning that essentially put the game away. Four Scorpion relievers combined for six, one-run innings, but the damage had already been done. No Yankees’ minor leaguers pitched in Monday’s loss.

The Scorpions offense fought back to the very end, putting together a two-run rally in the ninth. The attack was led by all three Baby Bombers who appeared in Monday’s line-up. Greg Bird (who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored) drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly after Aaron Judge (who also finished 2-for-4 with an RBI of his own) drew a walk to load the bases. Dante Bichette, Jr. (who-surprise, surprise-finished 2-for-4 with two RBI) was next up to bat and hit a single to drive in another run. That’s where the rally ended as the Scorpions fell one run short.

The loss brings the Scorpions to 10-13 on the season and last place in the AFL East Division. They square off against Peoria once again for some day ball in the desert Tuesday. Pirates prospect Tom Harlan is expected to take the mound. First pitch is 3:35 PM EST.