Results from the game played Tuesday, November 4th.
Jacob Wilson’s strong day at the plate paced surging Peoria (10-12-2 overall and 7-3 in their last 10) to a 5-2 win over Scottsdale (10-14) and a tie with Glendale atop the West Division.
Wilson accounted for three of his team’s tallies with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double, run scored and two driven in. The third baseman came to the plate in the first with the sacks jammed and two outs. His liner to right brought across the first two of three to cross that frame.
In the fourth, Wilson was right back at it, opening the inning with a ground-rule double and advancing on a ground out. A wild pitch brought Wilson across, making the score 4-1 in what turned out to be a two-run fourth. Defensively, a fielding error by Wilson was his second of the AFL campaign.
It was the 24-year-old’s third multi-hit performance in his most recent four games, as he raised his average to .296, best among Javelinas full-time players. Wilson also leads his team in hits (20), doubles (six) and RBI (11).
Cody Stanley joined Wilson in Peoria’s line-up, batting fourth, two ahead of Wilson. The catcher was hitless in four at bats, snapping a hitting streak that stretched back at least nine games.
Tyrell Jenkins picked up his first win in three decisions despite allowing eight base runners in three innings. Jenkins used a double play plus a nifty assist by right fielder Edward Salcedo (ATL) to hold the Scorpions to a single run on five hits and three walks. Salcedo limited the damage in the third, when Jenkins gave up three of his hits and two free passes, by nailing a runner trying to go from first to third on a single. The righty struck out one with four ground- and one fly-ball out.
Mitch Harris tossed a clean seventh, rebounding from his last stint on October 30th in which he surrendered two runs on three hits and took the loss. On Tuesday, the right-hander got Scottsdale’s number two and three hitters on ground outs before issuing a free pass. Harris ended the frame with a line out to center.
Sam Tuivailala followed a bit of the same pattern as Harris in the ninth, picking up ground outs before walking the Scorpions’ five-hole batter. The Fall Star got a force at second, earning his third save.
Bucs’ southpaw Tom Harlan (L, 0-3) was charged with the loss, yielding three scores on three hits and two walks in his only inning of work.
Wednesday’s game: at Surprise (10-13), 12:35 pm MST, Dylan Baker (CLE) (0-1, 8.59)
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