Another Rough Day for Scottsdale in the AFL
By Wayne Cavadi
The best news about Tuesday’s Arizona Fall League action is that the season is almost over for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions, as they did Monday, fell 8-4 on Tuesday in their AFL bout with the Glendale Desert Dogs. It was particularly ugly Tuesday considering that Scottsdale was down 5-0 before they could even muster a hit.
New York Mets’ pitching prospect Rob Whalen was rocked for his second loss of the AFL season. He didn’t give the Scorpions much of a chance. He was lit up for seven hits and five runs over 2.2 innings. He walked one and wasn’t able to strike out any Desert Dogs. The rest of the Scorpions staff didn’t impress either as they combined for 6.1 innings allowing three more runs and nine hits. No one from the New York Yankees farm tossed Tuesday.
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The Scorpions were quiet for the first three innings but scored one run in four consecutive innings after that. Tyler Austin was still absent from the line-up after suffering an injury last week. The three Yankees Baby Bombers in the line-up on Tuesday were a collective 0-fer. Aaron Judge, who has gone into a mini-slump since winning AFL Player of the Week, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts lowering his AFL average to .272. Greg Bird went 0-for-3, but drew a walk and scored a run. Dante Bichette, Jr. went 0-for-4, but was able to drive in a run.
The Scorpions loss, their third in a row and their eighth in the last ten, drops the Scorpions to 11-19 and last place in the AFL East. Scottsdale takes on the Surprise Saguaros Wednesday afternoon. Tyler Glasnow takes the mound. First pitch is 5:35 PM EST.