Friday night's Scottsdale Scorpions game featured an ending as exciting as any game I have seen in a long time. In the bottom of the ninth, the Scorpions took their only lead, defeating the Peoria Saguaros by a 4-3 score at Surprise Stadium. Their season record now sits at 14-13, good for first place in the Arizona Fall League's American Division.
It was a big night for Cardinals prospects, as two started the game in the field, later to be joined by three hurlers from the organization. Travis Hanson started at third base, hitting sixth and Cody Haerther batted eighth and played left field. Each played the entire nine innings.
Here's a summary of the game.
Scorpions second. Hanson flied out to right to end the inning.
Scorpions third. Haerther ground into a 4-3 putout.
Saguaros fifth. Scalamandre took over on the mound for starter Taylor Buchholz, from the Astros, who had allowed one run. Rich's pitches hit 93 MPH on the stadium gun. He allowed two singles that inning, but escaped via a 6-3 twin killing.
Scorpions fifth. Hanson ground out to the first
baseman unassisted. The next hitter,
Saguaros sixth. An error and a single put runners
on the corners with two out, but Scalamandre ended his night on a high note,
Scorpions sixth. Catcher Matt Tupman (Royals) collected the Scorpions' first hit, a solo home run that tied the game at one.
Saguaros seventh. Andy Cavazos took over as his
offerings registered as high as 91 MPH. After a strikeout, he got into trouble,
issuing two walks, followed by a two-run double that put the Saguaros back on
top, 3-1. While a small consolation, Cavazos made a superb play backing up home
as the runs scored, when the relay home flew over Tupman's head. Before getting an
inning-ending strikeout, Cavazos hit
Scorpions seventh. Hanson drew a leadoff walk and the next batter also took a free pass. After fouling off the first attempt, Haerther expertly bunted both players up. Another walk loaded the bases. Astro Josh Anderson popped out with one out and the sacks jammed. With Howie Kendrick at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Hanson to score. At this point, the Scorpions have just one hit on the evening.
Saguaros eighth. Cory Doyne also struck out his first hitter before allowing a harmless single.
Scorpions eighth. With the tying run at second and two out, Hanson fanned swinging.
Saguaros ninth. Doyne again fanned his first hitter and retired the next two, also.
Scorpions ninth. The tying run reached first as
Hanson – 0-for-3 with a walk, run scored
Haerther – 0-for-2 with a walk, sacrifice, run scored
Scalamandre – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits, 1 strikeout
Cavazos – 1 inning pitched, 1 run, 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch, 2 strikeouts
Doyne (win) – 2 innings pitched, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts
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