Brewer Daily News for October 18th, 2013: Saguaros win big over Scorpions


Hello again everyone and welcome to the Friday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Surprise Saguaros (4-4) beat the Scottsdale Scorpions (2-6) with a 10-5 victory. Some of the Milwaukee Brewers’ prospects helped chip in for the win.

Jonathan Schoop made his major league debut in September with the Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The game started off with a 2-0 Scorpions’ lead in the first when Alen Hanson scored on a passed ball by Saguaros’ starting catcher Jorge Alfaro (Texas Rangers). After that, the Scorpions’ Cory Vaughn hit a single that scored Tommy La Stella.

For the Saguaros, starting pitcher Will Roberts (Cleveland Indians) was able to avoid any more damage in the game. Roberts would pitch four innings and allow just the two runs (one unearned) on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

In the third inning, the Saguaros got to Hansel Robles, the Scorpions’ starter, when Brewers’ outfield prospect Jason Rogers hit a single scoring first baseman Brett Nicholas (Rangers). Rogers would go 1-for-4 with the one RBI while the Brewers’ other prospect Mitch Haniger went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, driving in his eighth run of the league.

The score would remain 2-1 until the sixth when the Scorpions’ expanded their lead by one run. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Saguaros would strike for six runs, bringing the score to 7-3. In the eighth, the Scorpions drove in two more runs, but the Saguaros retaliated with three more runs in the bottom half of the eighth.

Overall, pitching wise for the Saguaros, reliever Pete Ruiz (Boston Red Sox) picked up his first win while allowing one run in two innings and Ryan Harvey (Rangers) notched his first save by pitching 1 1/3 innings. Reliever Matt West (Rangers), surrendered two runs in 2/3 of an inning pitched.

Offensively, the Saguaros were helped out by shortstop Jonathan Schoop (Baltimore Orioles) who went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs and also by first baseman Travis Shaw (Red Sox) who had a pinch hit two-run homer. Also driving in runs were second baseman Mookie Betts (Red Sox) and Brett Nicholas.

Today the Saguaros head to the home park of the Mesa Solar Sox (6-0) for a game at 2:35 p.m. ET / 1:35 p.m. CT.