Oct 272011
 

Bryce Harper drove in four of the five Scorpions runs, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another Scottsdale loss, this one by a 10-5 count to Mesa.

Harper connected for his second AFL longball, a three-run shot in the top of the fourth that sliced the Solar Sox lead to 8-3, and singled in the sixth. He drove in Derek Norris for his fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Harper once again was in left, and made three putouts.

Norris, however, was not as adept defensively yesterday with two errors and a passed ball (though he did catch a runner stealing). But like Harper, Norris has found his groove at the plate and was also 2-for-3 with a run scored. He drove in none, but walked once and struck out once.

Conversely, Zach Walters still appears to be overmatched, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout while playing third base (one assist). The 22-year-old is 1-for-17 over his last four games with six strikeouts and no walks.

Rafael Martin made his fourth appearance, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. He walked none and struck out one, lowering his ERA for the AFL to 1.50.

Scottsdale plays host as the two teams rematch this afternoon, then Scorpions hit the road to face the Rafters tomorrow night, then return home for another matchup against Salt River to finish out the week on Saturday.

  6 Responses to “AFL Update: October 27, 2011”

  1. Reports on the twitters said that Harper’s HR was a total bomb. Golly gee this guy just has a world of talent.

  2. ‘Beer League’ Martin may not be sexy, but all he does is get people out, again & again.

  3. Thanks for these great updates. One suggestion: could you add a link to the box score from mlb.com in your AFL summaries?

    • What? And cut out the middleman? ;-) No problem. I do that during the regular season for the minors so that folks that choose to read the recaps can dig deeper if they so choose.

  4. Good to see Harper and Norris showing their stuff. It is getting near the end of AFL. Time flies.

  5. Go Rafel Martin, I really hope to see you in Washington at your first chance, Lifetime movie in the making!

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