AFL Update: Oct. 10, 2013

The Solar Sox scored 11 times in their first four turns at bat as they cruised to a 13-3 victory over the Desert Dogs.

Sammy Solis got the start and the win, tossing three and 2/3rds scoreless innings with three hits and a walk allowed. The 25-y.o. southpaw struck out two in his first AFL start since November 2011.

Adrian Nieto got the start behind the plate and went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. The 23-y.o. drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and had no baserunners attempt to steal against him.

Steve Souza Jr. started in right field and went 1-for-5, grounding into a double play, but stealing two bases. He made four putouts in the field.

Robert Benincasa pitched the 9th for the Solar Sox but was greeted with a solo HR to the first batter he faced. He retired three of the next four batters he faced, issuing a one-out walk and striking out a batter.

The Solar Sox hit the road tonight as they visit the Salt River Rafters. Matt Purke is scheduled to make the start for Mesa.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

4 thoughts on “AFL Update: Oct. 10, 2013”

  1. I really like what Souza brings to the field. For two years in a row now he has produced with five tool ability. I realize he has had his issues and appears to have injury problems as well. But, to me, he certainly seems to be the real thing, despite a lack of press a la Goodwin and Taylor. What have I missed here, Luke, or anybody else who has actually seen him play?

    1. Nothing – that’s it in a nutshell. Early in his career, his behavior undermined him; now, it’s his health. He’s not getting the press like Goodwin and Taylor because he’s not a kid anymore and his counterparts in DC are well ensconced, unlike CF, which could be “open” in two years (Span’s contract is through 2014, with a team option for 2015).

  2. I still like the potential in a bullpen down the orad with Travis Henke and Benincasa!!!
    Souza seems like a young kid who is destined to spend much time under the shadow/influence of Werth, whose
    value continues to play out in more mentoring value than on field. ( Not that his on field value is not too shabby!!!)

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