Winter League Recap: Alonso Has Big Day in Scorpions’ Win

By Christopher Soto

November 15, 2018 No comments

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MLB vs Japan All-Star Series

Samurai Japan 4 – 1 MLB All-Stars

Amed Rosario got the day off today with Kike Hernandez filling in at shortstop. Rosario finished the series hitting .471 with 1.265 OPS.

The MLB All-Stars lost the final game of the series this morning finishing the trip with a (1-5) record. Today it was the starting pitching that faltered as Boston right-hander Brian Johnson allowed all four runs to score in the first inning on five hits and one walk. Offensively, the MLB team was able to collect ten hits on the day including multi-hit days by Ronald Acuna (2-for-5), Eugenio Suarez (2-for-4), Kevin Pillar (2-for-4), and Chris Taylor (2-for-4). Despite all the hits, the team was unable to performance with runners in scoring position as they went a combined 1-for-14 in those situations leaving a total of eleven runners on base. The only run of the game for the MLB team was scored on a solo home run by Acuna in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Arizona Fall League (AFL)

Mesa Solar Sox 10 – 6 Surprise Saguaros
Salt River Rafters 4 – 3 Glendale Desert Dogs
Scottsdale Scorpions 10 – 3 Peoria Javelinas

With the Salt River victory earlier in the day, the Scottsdale Scorpions were officially eliminated from championship contention, but, that didn’t stop Peter Alonso from putting up a monster night. After a solo home run by Javelinas second baseman Keston Hiura, Alonso responded in the bottom of the first inning with his own massive three run home run over the left field wall to give the Scorpions a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, Alonso would add two more to his RBI total. With runners on first and second with two outs and the score now 4-2, Alonso lined one into the left center field gap for a two RBI double to extend the Scorpions lead to 6-2. He would score himself one batter later on an RBI single by Ronnie Dawson. Alonso tallied his second double of the night in the bottom of fifth, this time with a liner the other way into the right center field gap. He would score for the third time in the night two batters later on an Austin Listi RBI single extending the lead to 9-3 at this point. In the bottom of the seventh inning, after a lead-off triple by Taylor Trammell, Alonso would cap off his monster night with his sixth RBI of the night, an RBI single to left field to finish the scoring at 10-3 in favor of the Scorpions.

The Scorpions will play the Javelinas once again today in the final game of the AFL season. With the Solar Sox victory, this year’s championship game on Saturday will be between them and the Javelinas. The game will be televised on MLB Network at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Mexican Pacific League (LMP)

Yaquis de Obregon 4 – 2 Venados de Mazatlan
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 8 – 0 Charros de Jalisco
Aguilas de Mexicali 5 – 3 Mayos de Navojoa
Tomateros de Culiacan 6 – 4 Caneros de Los Mochis

The Caneros announced that they have agreed to a loan deal with the Yaquis de Obregon for the services of catcher Arturo Omar Rodríguez. In order to make room on the roster for him they have deactivated Mets catcher Juan Uriarte. With his deactivation, the Mets no longer have any active players in the LMP.

Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP)

Cardenales de Lara 6 – 0 Bravos de Margarita
Tiburones de La Guaira 5 – 3 Tigres de Aragua
Aguilas de Zulia 4 – 1 Leones del Caracas
Navegantes de Magallanes 7 – 1 Caribes de Anzoategui [Completed after 4th inning- Forfeit]

Dominican Winter League (LIDOM)

Tigres del Licey 3 – 1 Leones del Escogido
Estrellas Orientales 4 – 2 Gigantes del Cibao

Toros del Este 5 – 3 Aguilas Cibaenas

Despite a save situation being present, Peterson was brought into the game an inning earlier than usual in order to face a tougher part of the Aguilas line-up. He responded by tossing another perfect inning of work getting major leaguers Victor Robles and Ronny Rodriguez to ground out while striking out Braves AA player Luis Valenzuela.

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rico League (LBPRC)

No Games Scheduled. The season will begin Nov. 15, 2018