Phillies AFL Update

A four-game winning streak has put the Surprise Scorpions on the verge of clinching the American Division of the Arizona Fall League. Four of the five Phillies prospects have played a part in the recent win streak as the Scorpions look to move in for the kill in the AFL.

The last time that the Surprise Scorpions lost, Phillies prospect Scott Mathieson was on the mound. Since then, the Scorpions have turned things around and have a 2 1/2 game lead in the division over second place Mesa (who they play on Wednesday).

During the streak, Michael Bourn, the lone position player from the Phillies on this year's squad, has gone 4-for-14 (.286) with a run scored, a triple and an RBI. Bourn, who had pushed his average as high as .316 recently, is now hitting .310 on the season for the Scorpions.

With four pitchers on the roster, the Phillies have played a big part in the pitching for the Scorpions. Three of those four pitchers are in the bullpen and have been active during the four game streak.

Travis Minix has pitched in two of the games with varied success. After a shutout inning in the opening game of the streak, Minix was hit for two earned runs in one inning on Monday, but Surprise held on to pick up the win. Minix season ERA stands at 4.30 in the hitting rich AFL.

Ryan Cameron (1-0, 4.80) had the best outing of the Phils prospects. He pitched 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief on Saturday as the Scorpions beat the Grand Canyon Rafters 11-9. Five of the eight outs that Cameron recorded were on strikeouts and he allowed just one hit and one walk in the outing to get the win.

Brian Sanches came on in relief of Cameron and gave up a ninth inning homerun, but then shut down the Rafters to earn his second save of the fall. Sanches' season ERA stands at 4.11 for Surprise.

Barring a meltdown by the Phoenix Desert Dogs, the AFL Championship on Saturday will feature Surprise and Phoenix. The D'Dogs are 20-9 on the season and have a magic number of one. Of course, they were pounded 17-1 by Mesa on Monday, keeping them from clinching the National Division.

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