Mesa Loses AFL Title Game, 8-2

The game started with so much promise for Mesa, with Victor Robles (pictured above, greeting the Braves’ Ronald Acuna) leading a salvo of back-to-back-to-back singles to open the game and take a 2-0 lead early.

But it was all Peoria after that as the Javelinas scored eight unanswered runs to win the 2017 Arizona Fall Championship game, 8-2.

Robles singled again in the 8th to finish the game at 2-for-4 and go 12-for-45 in 14 AFL games. He was joined in the lineup by Kelvin Gutierrez, who once again played 1B to make room for former Nats farmhand Sheldon Neuse. Gutierrez went hitless, but still had a much stronger fall (10-for-44, 7BB, 9RBI in 14G) than most would have expected after an injury-shortened 2017.

Dakota Bacus also appeared in the game but retired just one of three batters faced and was charged with the final two Peoria runs.

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Sad-SpicklesAnd that’s a wrap on the 2017 minor-league season, No. 8 for this space, and the sixth for which Lee Magehenim has added pictures far better than the one- or two-hundred word summaries on how the Nats did in Arizona.

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.

8 thoughts on “Mesa Loses AFL Title Game, 8-2”

  1. Thanks, Luke & Lee! Perhaps the 2018 AFL will be featuring Soto, Kieboom, and Romero.

    I hope the top bats and top arms will soon be around the corner. Those lists figure to have some significant differences from the 2016 ones.

  2. Thanks Luke & Lee, you made this more enjoyable than seemed possible.

    The one takeaway from this year is Gutierrez looks like a keeper.

  3. OK Luke, fill us in on what’s so special about Jefry Rodriguez that he had to be added to the 40-man. He did have decent numbers at Potomac . . . after his PED suspension (knucklehead alert) . . . but he’s 24 and hasn’t pitched above A+.

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