Scorpions Shutout in AFL Action
By Wayne Cavadi
The only Surprise in Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League action was the away team. For the Scottsdale Scorpions, it was more of the same as they dropped their fourth in a row in ugly fashion in their afternoon AFL game. The Scorpions were beat up by the Saguaros by the score of 8-0 Wednesday afternoon.
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Pitching continued to be the problem as the Scorpions pitchers allowed eight runs to cross the plate for the third consecutive day. Pirates’ prospect Tyler Glasnow got touched up early for his third start in a row allowing two runs to score in his two innings of work. Fellow Pirate Angel Sanchez relieved Glasnow and was tagged for three more runs in his two innings and by the fifth the game was out of reach. New York Yankees’ right-handed prospect Caleb Cotham hurled a scoreless ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Offensively it was ugly. It was the fourth game in a row the Scorpions couldn’t put up a fight losing by four or more runs. The bad news is that Scottsdale had two whopping hits on the day. The good news is that the two Baby Bombers who played Wednesday were responsible for the hits. Aaron Judge went 1-for-4 with a double. Catching prospect Kyle Higashioka, who played DH Wednesday, also drilled a double and drew a walk. Higashioka, albeit in very limited action this AFL season, has hit an impressive .409.
The loss brings the Scorpions to 11-20 on the season. They roll into the finale of the AFL season losing 9 out of their last ten games. Pirates’ elite prospect Joely Rodriguez takes the hill against the Salt River Rafters. First pitch is 3:35 PM EST.