(18-11) Scottsdale Scorpions 5 vs. (12-14) Peoria Javelinas 0
Johan Camargo, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Connor Lien, CF: 0-3, 2 K
Joseph Odom, C: 1-3, 1 K
Daniel Winkler, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Peoria's offense was miserable in the loss to the Scorpions. They managed just 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 13 times. The pitching wasn't much better and gave up 5 runs in 8 innings on 10 hits. Lucas Sims was scheduled to start in this one, but never made an appearance in the game. This is not an uncommon occurrence as probable starter information in the minor leagues is spotty at best, especially 2 days removed from a rainout
Johan Camargo struggled for most of the game before walking in the 9th inning. He struck out in his first at bat, and grounded out in his 3rd but did reach on a fielding error in the 4th inning. His walk in his final plate appearance didn't spark any offense and he was wiped out on a double play by the next batter.
Connor Lien had another rough day at the plate with his 0-3 showing. After a line out in the third inning he struck out in his next 2 at bats to bring his season total to a league leading 32 strikeouts. 18 of those have come in his last 18 games, a span in which he is hitting .135 with no extra base hits and only 2 walks.
Joseph Odom has struggled all year, but going into the ninth inning he was the only player on the Javelinas with a hit. He knocked a 3rd inning single to right field off of Red Sox prospect Justin Haley. This is no small task as Haley has only given up 10 hits and one earned run in 14 innings this fall.
Daniel Winkler came in to relieve in the 7th inning and was pretty fantastic for Peoria. He struck out 3 batters in that inning, sandwiched around a walk to the second batter. Winkler has been consistent for Peoria in limited time this fall. In his 7 games he hasn't given up more than 1 run or 2 hits in any outing and has struck out a batter in all but one game. He has 11 strikeouts in 9 innings this fall, though his control has been a bit shaky with 5 walks. Coming off of a long break from his injury rehab it's no surprise or concern to see Winkler have some control problems, as long as he fixes them by opening day next season. He is now one out away from dropping his ERA below 3.00.
Peoria is next playing against the Surprise Saguaros tomorrow at 12:35p MST/2:35p EST. No starters have been announced yet, and it would not be at all surprising to see Lucas Sims pushed to today.