The Surprise Saguaros lost in the Arizona Fall League Championship, losing 6-1 to Mesa on Saturday afternoon.
A KC Royals minor leaguer got the start for Surprise, though I was wrong about which pitcher. Lefty Eric Stout started (not top prospect Josh Staumont) and allowed a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. Though Stout settled down and struck out the side in the second (four in a row to end his outing), the first inning homer proved to be enough.
Mesa starter (and Oakland prospect) Dylan Covey did not allow a base runner until Ryan O’Hearn walked to lead off the fifth. After a one out single by Jose Trevino (a Texas prospect who had the Saguaros only two hits in the game) and a wild pitch Mauricio Ramos drove in Surprise’s only run on a ground out (but Trevino was then thrown out at third to end the inning).
Mesa’s Ian Happ (who was a Carolina League All-Star in 2016) went 4-for-4 and added a two-run home run in the 3rd inning.
O’Hearn went 0-for-2 with that walk and a strikeout. Ramos went 0-for-2 with a walk.
Right-hander Evan Beal allowed a hit over 1.1 scoreless innings. He did throw two wild pitches (20 pitches, 13 for strikes).