Those who joined me in Surprise on Monday will talk about the 400-foot line drive home run to right center field by Astros 1B Japhet Amador that gave the Javelinas the 5-3 victory over the Salt River Rafters.
Forgotten will be two good efforts by the starters, Jason Adam, KC, who worked four innings giving up just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four, and Bo Schultz, AZ, who bested that with five innings of one run ball, giving up five hits and one walk while striking out five. The Rafters actually scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning which would have given Schultz the win had the bullpen not coughed up the lead in the bottom of the frame.
Amador is an imposing batter at 6’4” and 305 pounds, and is more fluid around the first base bag than you would imagine. The three-time All Star in the Mexican league was signed halfway through the summer by the Houston Astros and will try and win a spot with them next spring.
It was a very adventurous day for Javelinas leadoff hitter and centerfielder Delino Deshields, also an Astro prospect, as he was 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles while making a couple of acrobatic catches in the outfield where his GPS failed him at the crack of the bat, but speed like that can often turn a longer route into an out.
Two notes from the game in Mesa where the hometown Solar Sox got back on their winning ways with a 9-6 win over the Surprise Saguaros. Shortstop Addison Russell, OAK hit his first home run of the campaign while the win went to Nationals once and perhaps future prospect Sammy Solis, who gave up six hits and one walk but only one run in earning his third win and lowering his AFL ERA to 1.42. Solis, who was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of San Diego by Washington, had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and is trying again to re-establish his chance to pitch in the major leagues. The 6’5” LHP will have a lot of people hoping he makes it to the Show.