Winter League Recap: Alonso Homers, Drives in Three

By Christopher Soto

November 6, 2018 No comments

Arizona Fall League (AFL)

Glendale Desert Dogs 9 – 5 Peoria Javelinas
Salt River Rafters 4 – 3 Surprise Saguaros
Scottsdale Scorpions 5 – 4 Mesa Solar Sox

Alonso reclaimed the Arizona Fall League lead in fome runs with his fifth dinger of the season to held the Scorpions get their first win since October 29th. With a runner on first and the game tie at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Alonso got a low 90’s fastball up in the zone and absolutely crushed it over the center field fence for a two run HR to give the Scorpions a 3-1 lead. A few batters later they would extend the lead to 4-1 on a sacrifice fly RBI by  Heath Quinn.

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Peter Alonso + elevated fastball out over the plate = home run

The very next inning, after a lead-off double by Andres Gimenez and a walk by Austin Listi, Alonso would flare one the other way to drive in another RBI to extend the lead to 5-1. With the Sox cutting the lead to 5-3, Joe Zanghi was called on to hold the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and struggled once again. After a lead-off walk to Skye Bolt and a strikeout, Joe Zanghi guessed right on a pick-off attempt but uncorked a wild throw that allowed Bolt to advance all the way to third base. He would score a few pitches later on RBI single by P.J. Higgins to cut the lead to 5-4.

Thankfully, Gerson Bautista would come in to save the inning from getting any worse while preserving the “hold” for Zanghi. Bautista would stay on for the bottom of the seventh inning but allowed two singles in the inning and found himself in a two out situation with runners on first and second. He would bear down though and get Skye Bolt to strike out to end the inning and secure a “hold” for himself.

The Scorpions would hold on for the win and move to (10-11-1) on the season, breaking the 2nd place tie with the Solar Sox. The team is still 3.5 GB the first place Salt River team with only 8 games left to go.

Mexican Pacific League (LMP)

No Games Scheduled

Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP)

Cardenales de Lara 7 – 1 Caribes de Anzoategui
Cardenales de Lara 2 – 0 Caribes de Anzoategui

Dominican Winter League (LIDOM)

Aguilas Cibaenas – Toros del Este [Postponed due to Rain]
Estrellas Orientales 4 – 1 Leones del Escogido
Gigantes del Cibao 3 – 0 Tigres del Licey

We haven’t seen Joey Terdoslavich in a few days so I reached out to figure out what was going on since he was still on the active roster. According to the team, Terdoslavich was granted a 10 day temporary leave from the team in order to take care of a “personal commitment”. He is expected to return and be back in the line-up this upcoming weekend.

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rico League (LBPRC)

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