Zach Walters’ two-run shot in the top of the 8th broke a 4-4 tie as the Scottsdale Scorpions scored five times over the final two innings for a 9-4 win over the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
Walters had been 0-for-4 for the afternoon and finished 1-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Defensively, he played third base and had a putout, an assist, but made his second error.
Derek Norris went 1-for-3 and walked twice and had 11 putouts (all Ks) while playing catcher. Phoenix did not attempt to steal a base.
With the win, Scottsdale’s record stands at 5-11. This week it’s home-and-home games against Peoria, Mesa and Salt River with night games on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Another light afternoon for the Nats farmhands in Arizona Fall League as the Scottsdale Scorpions fell for the 10th time by a 4-1 count.
Bryce Harper returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout while playing left field, where he made two putouts. After 10 games, Harper is working a .211/.302/.395 line.
Zach Walters was the designated hitter but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, lowering his triple-slash stats to .200/.250/.267.
Scottsdale finishes out the week with afternoon tilts against Surprise today and Phoenix tomorrow.
As was brought up in the comments from yesterday’s post, the early numbers from the Arizona Fall League aren’t pretty. But they’re not quite 9-of-22 with 4 INT, either. So we lift the coffee mug of small sample size and take a look…
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The Domninican Winter League started up on Friday and a handful of Nats players have been spotted in the box scores:
- Eury Perez – Escogido
- Wilman Rodriguez – Escogido
- Jhonatan Solano – Licey
- Atahualpa Severino – Licey
A couple of other notes…
…Chris Marrero is supposedly on the Licey Tigres as well, but is not listed on the roster and/or has not appeared in a game.
…Wilman Rodriguez played outfield for the D-Nats this past summer, but has appeared as a pitcher thus far. Considering that this was in a game that was 1-1 at the time, and that he is no longer a teenager, the deduction is that a conversion to the mound may be in the process.
Make that five straight losses for Scottsdale, as Pat Lehman surrendered a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th that snapped a 6-6 tie. Derek Norris hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 9th but the Scorpions rally fell short for the eventual 8-7 score.
Running down the individual performances…
- Norris went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI, but also grounded into two double plays
- Zach Walters went 1-for-5 with with double but struck out three times and committed an error
- Matt Purke threw two innings and gave up an earned run on a hit and walk and had one strikeout
- Lehman pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk while striking out two
Bryce Harper did not play. Today is his 19th birthday.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the AFL stats to date. The Scorpions host Phoenix on Monday, visit the Desert Dogs on Tuesday, host the Solar Sox on Wednesday, then finish out the week with visits to Mesa, Surprise, and Phoenix on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday respectively. It’s afternoon games on every day this week but Tuesday.
The Scottsdale spiral continues with a fourth straight loss, this time by a 14-5 count. Three Nats saw game action…
- Bryce Harper drove in two with a 7th-inning triple and went 1-for-4 overall while playing left field
- Zach Walters went 0-for-4 while playing third base, where he made two putouts and had an assist
- Rafael Martin was touched for a home run and a double over his 1⅓ innings of work, but walked none and struck out two
The Scorpions and Javelinas rematch this afternoon to finish out the second week of AFL play.
A much busier day than usual for the Nats prospects in yesterday’s 3-2 loss by the Scottsdale Scorpions. The highlights:
- Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 with a walk while playing RF, where he made two putouts and had a triple go off his glove. On his walk he stole second but was caught trying to steal third with one out and the Scorpions trailing 3-1
- Derek Norris caught and went 1-for-3 with a run scored, but committed an error while attempting to throw out a runner at second
- Zach Walters went 2-for-3 with an RBI while playing 3B, where he had one assist
- Rafael Martin made his first appearance, tossing a scoreless inning while issuing a walk and striking out one
- Pat Lehman suffered through two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, including a solo HR
Scottsdale returns to .500 (3-3) with the loss. Sammy Solis is slated to start tonight’s game against the Salt River Rafters.
The Scottsdale Scorpions picked up where they left off on Saturday and won their third straight, 4-3.
Bryce Harper drove in his first run with an RBI groundout in the 4th and snapped an 0-for-15 streak with a single in the 6th. He was intentionally walked in the 8th. Both times he reached base he stole second. On defense, he played left field and made two putouts.
Zach Walters was the designated hitter but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
The two teams meet again this afternoon. Sammy Solis is most likely going to start tomorrow, while pitchers Rafael Martin and Matt Purke have yet to appear in a game.
Here’s a look at how the Nationals fared over the weekend in the Arizona Fall League…
Scottsdale broke into the win column with a 7-3 decision over the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
- Derek Norris was the DH and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and 2K
- Pat Lehman pitched the 9th and allowed a hit and a walk but struck out two
The Scorpions evened their record with another win over the Desert Dogs, 5-4.
- Zach Walters played 3B and doubled in five at-bats, making one assist
- Bryce Harper played RF struck out twice while going 0-for-5
- Norris caught and went 1-for-4 with a stolen base. No baserunners attempted to steal against him.
This week features home-and-home series with Mesa, Salt River, and Peoria with afternoon games on Tuesday and Saturday.
Winter leagues also start up in Mexico (tomorrow), Venezuela (Wednesday) and the Dominican Republic (Friday). Roster information is not yet available, though Syracuse pitcher Ryan Tatusko has announced via Twitter that he’ll be starting on Thursday. I’ll pass along info as I come across it, but most likely it will be on an ad-hoc basis.
The 2011 campaign started with a whimper as the Scottsdale Scorpions were pounded for a 10-1 loss. Four Nats saw game action…
- Zach Walters played 3B and went 1-for-3, one of the two hits the Scorpions managed for the game
- Bryce Harper played LF and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout
- Derek Norris played C and went 0-for-3, but picked a runner off 1st
- Pat Lehman got the last out of the 7th, but also threw a wild pitch
Sammy Solis gets the start today, according to MASN’s Byron Kerr, who also had a feature on Lehman yesterday morning.
Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.
SYRACUSE CHIEFS 55-67, 4th place I.L. North, 14½ games behind
||Steve Lombardozzi .322/.365/.441
||Atahualpa Severino 20BB in 26⅔ IP
||J.D. Martin 2.90 ERA, 1HR in 31 IP as reliever; 4.71, 15 in 63 IP as a starter
HARRISBURG SENATORS 70-54, 1st place E.L. West, 2 games ahead
||Danny Rosenbaum 2-0, 1.40 ERA in first three AA starts
||Stephen King .167 BA in August
||Tim Pahuta .302/.318/.442 in August
POTOMAC NATIONALS 28-25, 2nd place C.L. North Division, 5 games behind (57-65 overall)
||Marcos Frias 1.73 ERA, 0.92 WHIP since All-Star Break (18 appearances)
||Zach Walters .196/.233/.232, 2E in 15G
||Adam Olbrychowski 5.63 ERA as a reliever, 3.88 as a starter
HAGERSTOWN SUNS 29-23, 2nd place Sally League North Divison, 2 games behind (69-53 overall)
||Matt Swynenberg 2-0, 1.74 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in August
||Justino Cuevas .179/.265/.321 since return from GCL
||Ryan Demmin 2.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP since callup from Auburn
AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 34-23, 1st place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, ½ game ahead
||Hendry Jimenez .487 SLG, 7th best in NYPL
||Nathan Karns 1.94 WHIP
||Christian Garcia 17K in 9⅓ IP
GCL NATIONALS 18-30, 4th place GCL East, 18 games behind (Eliminated)
||Bobby Lucas 1.69 ERA in 21⅓ IP over 11G
||Deion Williams .163/.210/.163 in 98AB
||Silvio Medina 36K to 9BB in 32⅓ IP
DSL NATIONALS 32-35, 6th place, Boca Chica South Division, 12½ games behind (Eliminated)
||Adderling Ruiz (20 y.o.) .350/.427/.485
||Felix Moscat (20 y.o.) 0-3, 12.79 ERA in August
||Diomedes Eusebio (18 y.o.) 6HR, 21E in 57G