Peoria jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two and an 8-1 lead halfway through and withstood late charge from Mesa to prevail, 11-8.
Drew Millas led the Javelinas offense with three hits, including his second fall HR, and four RBI. The 24-y.o. backstop batted seventh and had nine putouts. Alas, he was caught stealing but did not return the favor in two attempts against him.
Amos Willingham was the only other National to appear in the game. He was the third reliever out of the ‘pen, and was dinged for two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three in his single inning of work.
Peoria (5-2) heads to Scottsdale (3-4) tonight before returning home to rematch against Mesa tomorrow.
ALU NAMED I.L. PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER
The plaudits for keep coming for Jake Alu as the 25-y.o. was named the International League Player of the Month for September.
Alu posted a line of .409/.442/.761 with 7HR and 25RBI in 23 games for the month and .323/.372/.553 with 11HR and 45RBI overall (59G). The 2019 pick out Boston College was also named the “Good” for both Harrisburg and Rochester on this site in the 2022 Season Overall GBI.