The Saguaros are the hottest team in the Arizona Fall League and that doesn’t change after losing 8-3 to the Scorpions (6-11) on Monday to move to 12-4. Couple that loss with the 10-5 loss to the Javelinas on Tuesday. They will look to end their 2-game losing streak today with Rangers right-hander Owen White starting on the mound.
November 1st loss
The Saguaros sent right-hander Zach Haake to the mound against Left-hander Kody Funderburk. Both were pulled prior to the 4th inning.
Haake had a interesting 1st inning. He issued a one-out walk to Jose Tena who was then picked-off trying to steal 2nd. He induced a groundout for the final out of the inning. The trouble for Haake came in the top of the 2nd when he issued two walks to start the frame. There was a mound visit which worked because he induced a force out and then a pop out. Kole Cottam hit the first pitch he saw for a two-run double to center to draw first blood in the game. The Scorpions had stung for two runs.
The Saguaros were able to get a run back in the bottom of the 2nd. Jake Means hit a one-out double on the first pitch he saw. Ivan Johnson grounded out and then Donovan Casey hit a single, scoring Means.
The Scorpions held their lead throughout the game scoring two additional runs in the third and 4th innings and then one in the 7th and 8th inning.
The other runs for the Saguaros came in the bottom of the 3rd from a Seuly Matias ground out and then the bottom of the 6th from a solo HR off the bat of Ivan Johnson (4). The score was 6-3 at the time.
Kody Funderburk (1-2, 8.44) earned the win for the Scorpions.
Tuesday’s 10-5 loss to the Javelinas
The Javelinas were the first to score. They scored three runs in the bottom of the 3rd and led the entire game.
Some of the hot hitters on the Saguaros have cooled down but it’s not really surprising because they don’t play everyday.
Nathan Eaton was the only batter in the Saguaros’ line-up with a multi-hit hit game. He went 2-4 including a 3-run HR to cap off a 4-run top of the 8th for the Saguaros.
The Javelinas had three players with a multi-hit game: Nick Gonzales (2), Canaan Smith-Njigba (3) and Matt Batten (3). Nick Gonzales hit his 1st home run of the Arizona Fall League in the bottom of the 7th.
Roansy Contreras (1-1, 4.50) earned the win for the Javelinas and Clay Aguilar (1-1, 9.53) took the loss for the Saguaros.
The Saguaros will hand the ball to right-hander Owen White (3-0, 1.20) while the the Rafters will counter with right-hander Garrison Bryant (0-0, 1.29) at Salt River Fields. First pitch is set for 2:35 central and according to the official Twitter account @MLBazFallLeague it will be live-streamed.