Results from Arizona Fall League game played Friday, November 6th.
Luke Weaver’s arm and Aledmys Diaz’ bat led Surprise over Peoria, 6-1, a game televised on the MLB network. With the AFL Fall Stars Game looming on Saturday, Surprise finishes the week in the midst of a four-game winning streak and in first place in the West Division, three ahead of Glendale.
Weaver (W, 2-0) set the tone tossing four shutout frames, allowing just two base runners. The right-hander retired his first two batters via a fly out and 5-3 ground out before allowing a double to right. A wild pitch advanced the runner to third but Weaver coaxed a pop out to Diaz at second, stranding the runner.
A single to left with two out in the third ended a string of six straight turned back by the 22-year-old. The Saguaros’ catcher nailed the runner in his attempted steal of second, ending the frame. Weaver’s stint finished with a one-two-three fourth, two swinging strikeouts sandwiched around a line out to right. 38 of the 62 pitches thrown by Weaver went for strikes.
Meanwhile, the offense was driven by second baseman Diaz, Surprise’s number seven hitter. Diaz painted a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI via a sac fly. His only blemish was when he was caught stealing after doubling in the second, a move that finished that inning.
Diaz drove in a runner from third with a sac fly to left in his next at bat, contributing to another score when he blooped a single into no-man’s land in shallow right in the sixth with a runner on first. That runner scored when the Javelinas’ right fielder overran the ball, putting Surprise up 4-0. Diaz’ final hit was a single up the middle in the ninth with a runner on first. It was déjà vu all over again, as the late Yogi Berra would say, the lead runner crossing the plate on Peoria’s fourth miscue. Diaz alertly motored to third, placing him in position to score on a 5-3 ground out, touching home ahead of the throw by Peoria’s first baseman. It was the Saguaros’ final score of the game, giving them a 6-0 advantage.
Charlie Tilson was one of four other Saguaros garnered one hit each. The centerfielder lined a single to left to kick off the home half of the first. He stole his fourth bag of the fall campaign, advancing to third on a 6-3 ground out. The Illinois native scored his team’s first run after Jurickson Profar (TX) lofted a sac fly to left. Tilson went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored, stolen base and strikeout.
While one St. Louis farmhand started the game, another finished it - Robby Rowland. Rowland issued a free pass to begin his stint, the runner advancing to second on defensive indifference. A 5-3 ground out moved him to third after which he scored on a sac fly to center. Rowland recorded a fly out to center to end the game.
More Cards AFL info As he has done all week, Brian Walton’s in-depth game observations will be posted at The Cardinal Nation’s members-only forum.
Saturday’s game: AFL Fall Stars Game, East vs. West Division. Patrick Wisdom is on the West roster. 7 p.m. CT, MLB Network and MLB.tv.
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