Surprise loses in AFL Championship

The Surprise Saguaros lost in the Arizona Fall League Championship, losing 6-1 to Mesa on Saturday afternoon.

AFL logoA 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).


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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