Good morning everyone and welcome to the Sunday edition of Brewer News. Yesterday afternoon, the Surprise Saguaros (10-6) were the winners in a 6-1 game against the Mesa Solar Sox (10-5-1). The Saguaros saw a big day from one of the Texas Rangers’ top prospects.
For the Saguaros, starter Miguel Pena (Boston Red Sox) took the hill and did well, picking up his first win of the league. Pena went four innings and allowed only one run (an RBI double to Wes Darvill) on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Out of the Saguaros’ bullpen, Tyler Cravy and Shawn Armstrong pitched a combined four scoreless innings of relief while surrendering only one hit and six strikeouts. Milwaukee Brewers’ prospect Kevin Shackelford pitched a perfect inning and struck out two.
Sammy Solis, the Solar Sox’s starter, didn’t have a great time out on the mound, receiving his first loss. Solis lasted only three innings and was tagged for three runs on six hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Reliever Blaine Hardy gave up three runs in an inning pitched in the fourth.
Offensively for the Saguaros, Rangers’ top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored. Designated hitter Michael Ohlman and first baseman Brett Nicholas both went 2-for-4 with an RBI a piece.
Brewers’ outfield prospects Mitch Haniger and Jason Rogers were also productive at the plate, driving in a run each. Haniger went 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Rogers was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
After the game, Alfaro talked about his success behind the plate that held the Solar Sox to only one run:
“All I was doing throughout the game was throwing down pitches and the pitchers took it from there. Executing down in the zone, which is very key. All the credit goes to the pitchers, especially working down in the zone.” – via MLB.com
Today the Saguaros have the day off before hosting the Glendale Desert Dogs (8-7-1) for a game tomorrow at 2:35 p.m. ET / 1:35 p.m. CT.