AFL Thursday –Scorpions 11, Saguaros 4

Brian Walton reports on Cardinals prospects in Arizona Fall League action.

Compared to Wednesday, it was a much less eventful game for the Surprise Scorpions on Thursday, as they defeated the Peoria Saguaros by a 11-4 score at the Peoria Sports Complex, evening their season record at 13-13, good for a tie for first place in the Arizona Fall League's American Division.


2005 first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Jared Weaver, got the start and earned the win for Surprise. His brother is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver. 


The only one of the seven Cardinals prospects to see action Thursday was Travis Hanson. He started at third base, hitting sixth and played the entire nine innings.


Here's a shorthand version of how Hanson's day went.


Scorpions second. Hanson drew a two-out walk off starter Landon Jacobsen, from the Pirates system. He did not advance.


Scorpions third. With two outs and a runner on first, the left-handed hitting Hanson slammed a ball into the right-center field gap. Only a very good defensive play allowed the ball to be cut off quickly, holding Hanson to a long, hard single. He was stranded.


Saguaros third. Hanson drew applause from the crowd as he made a very difficult running catch on a foul pop. He was leaning over the tarp down the left field line, making the catch cleanly on a ball off the bat of Saguaros clean-up hitter Adam Lind (Blue Jays).


Scorpions fifth. Hanson flied out the left fielder for the second out of the inning.


Scorpions seventh. Hanson came up with two out. He drew his second walk of the day and scored on a three-run home run by Kansas City's Billy Butler.


Saguaros seventh. Hanson started a nifty 5-4-3 double play.


Scorpions ninth. Leading off, Hanson fanned swinging on a pitch in the dirt.



Hanson – game - 1-for-3 with two walks

Hanson – AFL – 20-for-75 (.267) with one home run and five RBI.


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