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Wells, Duran power Surprise's offense in rout

Yankees catcher launches homer, Rangers infielder drives in five
Austin Wells hit 44 extra-base hits in 103 games at Low-A and High-A in his debut season and has totaled five through his first five AFL games. (Jill Weisleder/MLB Photos)
October 22, 2021

Surprise 17, Scottsdale 2 It was all Surprise from the get-go in a dominant victory for the Saguaros. Led by three-hit games from Ezequiel Duran (TEX 7) and Austin Wells (NYY 6), Surprise scored three or more runs in four different innings to put up a season-best 17 runs, the

Surprise 17, Scottsdale 2
It was all Surprise from the get-go in a dominant victory for the Saguaros. Led by three-hit games from Ezequiel Duran (TEX 7) and Austin Wells (NYY 6), Surprise scored three or more runs in four different innings to put up a season-best 17 runs, the most runs scored by one team in a single AFL game so far. Duran drove in five runs with his first homer of the campaign and two doubles while Wells also launched his first AFL long ball and scored three times. A pair of Nationals prospects supported the two standout performances with Jackson Cluff (WAS 19) scoring four times, plating three and swatting his first fall homer while Israel Pineda (WAS 27) drove in two runs on two hits. Starter Owen White (TEX 29) followed up his coronation as AFL Pitcher of the Week with a solid start, allowing two runs on three hits while fanning four over five innings. Scottsdale tallied four hits with half going for extra bases. Leadoff hitter Richie Palacios (CLE 14) drilled his second AFL home run and Curtis Mead (TB 14) roped a triple, later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Matt Wallner (MIN 14). More »

Mesa 7, Peoria 6
For six innings, the Solar Sox looked like they'd be shut out by the Javelinas' pitching and were destined to fall below .500. But the offense came to life in the seventh with a solo shot by Luis Vasquez (Cubs) and a two-run dinger by Jonah Brice (A's). In the ninth, things got even wilder. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for the Marlins' JJ Bleday (MLB 71), who delivered a two-run single. Another walk reloaded the bases, allowing Kameron Misner (MIA 22) to tie the game with a sacrifice fly. A free pass loaded the bases, and Ramon Rodriguez (Orioles) drew the frame's sixth walk to put Mesa on top. For Peoria, the Pirates' Nick Gonzales (MLB 62) reached base four times on two singles and two walks and Drew Lugbauer (Braves) delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single. Starter Victor Vodnik (ATL 20) gave up three hits and three walks while striking out four over four scoreless innings. More »

Glendale 10, Salt River 5
Five Desert Dogs posted multihit games and Glendale jumped out to a four-run first-inning lead en route to a wire-to-wire victory. Juan Yepez (STL 27) opened the scoring with a two-run double and scored twice in a 2-for-5 game. Grae Kessinger (HOU 23) blasted a solo homer in the sixth, and second-ranked Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman (MLB 24) put the game out of reach with a ground-rule double in the seventh, his first Fall League two-bagger. Starter Landon Knack (LAD 8) earned the win with six strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out four batters in a row during the first and second innings. Missing top prospect Spencer Torkelson (MLB 4) after he was sidelined with an ankle sprain on Wednesday, Salt River got two-run triples from Ryan Vilade (COL 5) and Mets prospect Wilmer Reyes. More »