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November 18, 2008 - Arizona Fall League (AzFL) News Release


Mesa Solar Sox infielder Van Pope (ATL) went 3-for- 3 with a grand slam and four RBI. Pope also walked twice and raised his average to .266. Pope was selected by the Braves in the fifth round of the June 2004 draft out of Meridian Community College (MS).

Yesterday's Highlights

Peoria Saguaros 4, Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 ─ WP: Zinicola (WAS) (2-0, 7.36), LP: Mahon (ARI) (0-1, 2.08)

The Saguaros needed a walk-off single by CF Shane Robinson (STL) to secure Peoria's second comeback victory in consecutive games ... Sags' 3B Brett Wallace (STL) went 1-for-3 with 1 run, 1 double, 1 RBI, and 1 walk ... Peoria 1B Bill Rhinehart (WAS) added two hits and two RBI ... Dogs CF Eric Young, Jr. (COL) hit his third home run of the season and added a stolen base to lengthen his league lead to 19

Surprise Rafters 4, Scottsdale Scorpions 3 - WP: Jones (TEX) (2-0, 9.00), LP: Hinshaw (SF) (1-1, 6.61)

Surprise Rafters pitching struck out 11 while only yielding one walk in Scottsdale for the victory ... Mark Trumbo (LAA) went 3-for-4 with a walk and one RBI ... Darren Ford (SF) went 2-for-4 with one run scored ... Brandon Snyder (BAL) went 2-for-3 with one RBI ... Matt Wieters (BAL) went 2-for-5 with two RBI ... Joe Dickerson (KC) went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.

Mesa Solar Sox 13, Peoria Javelinas 6 - WP: Hanson (ATL) (5-0, 0.63), LP: Periard (MIL) (0-3, 10.50)

Tommy Hanson (ATL) collected his fifth win of the season while striking out 10 in 5.0 innings ... Hanson only allowed one hit and two walks while lowering his ERA to 0.63 ... Van Pope (ATL) went 3-for-3 and hit a grand slam in the fourth inning off Steve Kahn (SEA) ... Scott Cousins (FLA) went 2-for-5 with a triple and four RBI ... Tyler Flowers (ATL) went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI ... Juan Miranda (NYY) homered twice and drove in five runs ... Drew Stubbs (CIN) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the ninth inning off Tim Wood (FLA).

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2008 AFL Tidbits

- Arizona Fall League Hall of Famer Albert Pujols (Scottsdale Scorpions, 2000) won his second National League MVP award yesterday.

- Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game at Scottsdale Stadium will be streamed live on MLB.com or MLBFallBall.com. Vinny Micucci (play-by-play) and Jonathan Mayo (color analyst) describe the action.

-The Fall League honored Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee with a distinguished alumni award on November 15 at Hohokam Park.

- Fifteen of the 18 players who won 2008 Silver Slugger Awards are former Arizona Fall Leaguers. The American League Silver Sluggers are C Joe Mauer (MIN), 1B Justin Morneau (MIN), 2B Dustin Pedroia (BOS), SS Derek Jeter (NYY), outfielders Josh Hamilton (TEX), Carlos Quentin (CWS), and Grady Sizemore (CLE), and DH Aubrey Huff (BAL). The National League Silver Sluggers are C Brian McCann (ATL), 1B Albert Pujols (STL), 3B David Wright (NYM), and outfielders Ryan Braun (MIL), Matt Holliday (COL), and Ryan Ludwick (STL). Braun, Hamilton, Huff, Ludwick, McCann, Pedrioa, Quentin, and Sizemore are first-time winners.

- Jimmy Rollins, shortstop for the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on November 5. Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge was inducted on October 17.

- The AFL held its second annual Pat Tillman Foundation Benefit Night at Scottsdale Stadium on October 31. The event raised $15,000.

- Former major league umpire Rich Garcia received the 2008 Arizona Fall League Roland Hemond Award prior to the Rising Stars Game on October 24.

Player/Pitcher of the Week

Player Pitcher

Week One Saguaros ─ IF Shawn Bowman (NYM) Javelinas ─ RHP Phil Hughes (NYY)

Week Two Scorpions ─ IF Drew Sutton (HOU) Solar Sox ─ RHP Tommy Hanson (ATL)

Week Three Solar Sox ─ C Tyler Flowers (ATL) Saguaros ─ LHP Jason Vargas (NYM)

Week Four Solar Sox ─ IF Logan Morrison (FLA) Desert Dogs ─ RHP Jeff Manship (MIN) Desert Dogs ─ OF Eric Young, Jr. (COL)

Week Five Scorpions ─ OF Chris Pettit (LAA) Desert Dogs ─ RHP Brooks Brown (ARI)

Week Six Solar Sox ─ OF Casper Wells (DET) Scorpions ─ LHP Barret Browning (LAA)

American Division

Mesa Solar Sox (24-11) ─ Tyler Flowers (ATL) leads the league in home runs (12) and needs two home runs to tie the AFL home run record (14, Brandon Wood, 2005) ... 11/17: Van Pope (ATL) hit a grand slam and had season-best in hits (3) and RBI (4) ... Jeff Larish (DET) and Matt Young (ATL) lead team in runs scored (31) ... Casper Wells (DET) homered five times in four consecutive games (11/10-13) ... 11/15: Jason Donald (PHI) has 10-game road hit streak ... 11/12: Flowers hit three home runs with seven RBI ... Casey Fien (DET) and Tim Wood (FLA) have not yielded a walk ... 11/6: Tommy Hanson (ATL) strikes out game-high 11 batters ... leads league in strikeouts (49) ... Hanson has surrendered only 2 runs, 10 hits, and 7 walks in 28.2 innings ... Morrison leads the league in average (.426) and leads the team in hits (40) ... Larish boasts longest current consecutive on-base streak (21) ... Scott Cousins (FLA) leads league in RBI (30) ... 11/1: Team-high five home runs by Flowers (3) and Wells (2) ... Cousins and Morrison both went 5-for-5 during week three ... Flowers hit four home runs in week three ...12 players have at least 10 hits in road games: Quintin Berry (PHI), Cousins, Donald, Flowers, Morrison, Larish, Will Rhymes (DET), Jeremy Slayden (PHI), Nate Spears (CHC), Wells, Matt Young (ATL) and Van Pope (ATL) ... John Raynor (FLA) and Morrison hit for the cycle (week one and week four, respectively).

Peoria Saguaros (24-11) ─ Team record of 17-5 when scoring first ... Mike Baxter (SD) leads league in on-base percentage (.511) ... Tyler Greene (STL) has 20-game consecutive on-base streak ... Ian Desmond (WAS) tied for league lead in triples (3) ... following trade between the Yankees and White Sox, RHP Jeff Marquez (CWS) moved from the Javelinas to the Saguaros pitching staff (11/14) ... 15 Saguaros have hit home runs, led by Cole Armstrong (CWS) with six ... Kyle Blanks (SD) leads the team in walks (20) and has 19-game on-base streak ... 11/6-7: Saguaros scored in nine consecutive innings ... 11/7: Saguaros pitching does not yield a walk ... 11/6: Scored team-high in runs (20), hits (T/17), and RBI (18) ... 11/6: Gordon Beckham (CWS) went 5-for-5 and tied for AFL season-high seven RBI while accounting for 12 runs ... 11/4: Game-high seven doubles by Shane Robinson (STL) (3), Bill Rhinehart (WAS) (2), Tyler Greene (STL), and Daniel Murphy (NYM) ... Baxter went 5-for-5 and Jordan Danks (CWS) went 4-for-4 during week four ... 10/29: Team-high five home runs by Steven Hill (STL), Baxter, Armstrong, Danks, and Blanks ... Saguaros have 181 hits on the road ... Saguaros have at least one two-out RBI in every game except three (10/18, 11/5, 11/11) ... Beckham leads team with five-hit game and four players have four-hit games -- Murphy, Armstrong, Sean Kazmar (SD) and Danks ... Bobby Parnell (NYM) has not allowed a run or walk at home, striking out seven in 5.0 innings.

Scottsdale Scorpions (12-21) ─ Mark Trumbo (LAA) is hitting .455 against left-handed pitching ... Chris Pettit (LAA) leads league in hits (47) and doubles (13) ... Drew Sutton (HOU) second in league in runs scored (32) ... Alex Hinshaw (SF) third in league in strikeouts (30) ... Scorpions lead the league with 16 triples ... 11/10: Kevin Pucetas (SF) was the AFL's first four-game winner ... Pettit has active 15-game road on-base streak ... 11/13: Twelve consecutive games with 10 hits or more ...11/8: Team-high in hits (20) ...11/7: Kevin Frandsen (SF) had an 18-game on-base streak ... 11/5: Team stole a game-high seven bases ─ Brian Bogusevic (HOU) (2), Pettit (3), and Frandsen (2) ...10/31: Scorpions scored team-high in runs (16), triples (2), home runs (2), and RBI (13) ... Shelby Ford (PIT) homered in consecutive games (10/28-10/29) ... Chris Johnson (HOU) homered in consecutive games (10/30-10/31) Drew Sutton (HOU) had an extra-base hit in six consecutive games ... Emmanuel Burriss (SF) (10/16, 11/11), Frandsen (10/20), Bogusevic (11/4), and Mark Trumbo (LAA) (11/8) all have four-hit games.

National Division

Peoria Javelinas (14-21) ─ IF Rhyne Hughes (TB) is tied for the AFL lead in triples (3) and ranks second in hits (41) along with a top-10 batting average (.394) ... Hughes has the longest active hitting streak at 16 games ... RHP Kevin Whelan (NYY) has a top-five ERA (2.35) ... RHP Phil Hughes (NYY) is tied for third in strikeouts (28) ... RHP Carlos Fisher (CIN) ranks second in the AFL in saves (3) ... C Lou Palmisano (MIL) is batting .400 and has 16 RBI with runners on the bases ... 10/07: OF Austin Jackson (NYY) drove in a team-high four RBI ... 10/18: IF Kevin Russo (NYY) went 5-for-5 (all singles) ... 10/14-11/13: Russo hit .387 with 29 hits during AFL's second longest hitting streak of the season (20 games) ... 10/16: All 18 players in starting lineup between Mesa and Peoria collected at least one hit.

Phoenix Desert Dogs (18-15) ─ Phoenix is the first AFL team to clinch a division championship and will play in the AFL championship game on Saturday, November 22 at Scottsdale Stadium ... the Desert Dogs are in pursuit of their fifth consecutive AFL championship ... OF Eric Young, Jr. (COL) leads the league in stolen bases (19) and is tied for second in runs scored (33) ... ranks second in batting average (.424) ... C Michael McKenry (COL) ranks second the AFL in home runs (9) and slugging percentage (.833) ... OF Sean Doolittle (OAK) ranks third in home runs (8) and is tied for fourth in RBI (26) ... IF Danny Valencia (MIN) leads all third basemen with 44 assists ... IF Steve Tolleson (MIN) has a top-10 batting average (.376) ... RHP Hector Ambriz (ARI) has a top-10 ERA (2.51) ... RHP Jeff Manship (MIN) is fourth in strikeouts (29) ... Desert Dogs lead AFL in saves (9) ... RHP Andrew Carignan (OAK) anchors relief core with a league-high six saves ... 11/13: 2B Chris Nelson (COL) hits two home runs and drives in five RBI ... 10/11-11/6: Young 21-game hitting streak ... 10/28: Young inside-the-park grand slam against Surprise ... 11/1: Young hits second grand slam home run of the week ... 10/27: McKenry hits three home runs and drives in seven RBI ... 10/21: Every player in the Desert Dogs starting lineup posts at least one hit.

Surprise Rafters (11-24) ─ RHP Willie Eyre (TEX) is second in the AFL with 31 whiffs ... 11 pitchers have reached double digits in strikeouts ... IF Wes Hodges (CLE) is tied for fourth in RBI (26) ... OF Joe Dickerson (KC) has 2 runs, 1 home run, and 4 RBI with a .462 batting average over the past five games ... OF Jamie Hoffmann (LAD) is batting .615 with runners on base ... RHP Travis Schlichting (LAD) has a 1.59 ERA at home ... OF Julio Borbon (TEX) is batting .350 and has an on-base percentage of .385 when leading off an inning ... Borbon owns share of lead in triples (3) ... 10/28: Hodges drives in a team-high four RBI ... 10/18-11/06: OF Nolan Reimold (BAL) collects 16 runs and 20 hits during team-high 11-game hitting streak ... 11/14: RF Dickerson is a triple short of the cycle and drives in three RBI ... 11/08: Hoffmann ties team high in runs (3) ... 10/14: IF Beau Mills (CLE) scores team-high three runs ... three players have collected four hits in a game ─ Blake Davis (BAL) 11/08, C Matt Wieters (BAL) 10/09, and IF Ivan De Jesus, Jr. (LAD) 10/13.

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