AFL Update: Nov. 7, 2013

Arizona-Fall-League-2013-18The Desert Dogs scored six unanswered runs in the final two innings to turn a 4-0 deficit into a 6-4 win over the Solar Sox.

Brian Goodwin, Steve Souza, and Robert Benincasa were the three Nationals to see game action.

Goodwin batted second and played centerfield, but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He plated a run with an RBI groundout in the 3rd. Defensively, he made two putouts.

As usual, Souza made his appearance count. The taxi-squad member was slotted 7th in the lineup and doubled in the 2nd to drive in the first Mesa run and singled in the 4th (pictured), finishing the game at 2-for-4 to raise his average to .364 for the fall. He snared three flyballs while playing right field.

Benincasa, recently featured by Byron Kerr for MASN, worked around a single and a walk to pitch a scoreless 7th inning for the Solar Sox. The appearance lowered his ERA to an even 4.00 (4R in 9IP).

The two teams rematch this afternoon in Glendale. The Salt River Rafters also lost to preserve Mesa’s 1½ game lead in the AFL East and reduce the Solar Sox magic number to clinch a spot in the AFL title game to six with seven games left.

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.

5 thoughts on “AFL Update: Nov. 7, 2013”

  1. I think Souza is the best hitter in the Nationals minor league system. The ball jumps off his bat. It is going to be tough not to bring him up to the big club soon. Might be trade bait.

  2. I have typed this before….SS will be on Werth~s hip all of this March camp.
    this is where Werth contract really manifests in werth…good pun?- mentorship and leadership.
    Luke Scott next addition.
    ryhmes will return to SYR???
    Boone Logan next after that…that name sounds good to fans in Virginia….

      1. Get them both!

        My mouth is watering at the prospect of getting Scott’s super-mega-awesome bat. Over the past three years he’s hit .231/.303/.421. That’s easily worth, what?, $9-10m per season, for 5 years? I think that would do the trick. It’ll also be good to see Scott back in his natural LF position. Harper can get an occasional Sunday start

        Since Richie looks like he’ll be out of work too, we should groom him into a coaching gig. Maybe something like Chief Toughening-Up Instructor.

        Now explain to me how that team wouldn’t be guaranteed 100 wins.

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