AFL Dish: Hughes Strikes Out Seven

The Arizona Fall League kicked off Tuesday afternoon and righthander Phil Hughes stole the show. Injuries derailed Hughes’ season for the second year in a row, but his performance against Surprise showed that the Yankees righthander could be on track for next season.

As the starter for the Peoria Javelinas, Hugues allowed just one hit over five innings, while striking out seven. He did struggle with his command, issuing five walks, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch, but ended up with the victory as the Javelinas knocked off the Rafters, 10-3.

Hughes admitted to that he was shaking off a bit of rust, since his last start was  on Sept. 24 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In other action, center fielder Austin Jackson (Yankees) paced the Javelinas offense by going 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. First baseman Rhyne Hughes (Rays) went 3-for-5, and a pair of Mariners’ prospects also had good days at the plate—second baseman Carlos Triunfel went 2-for-5 with a double and right fielder Greg Halman went 2-for-4 with a double.

Catcher Matt Wieters (Orioles) went 1-for-3 with a triple for Surprise. . . Phoenix righthander Max Scherzer (Diamondbacks) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings while striking out four, but the Desert Dogs fell to the Mesa Solar Sox, 3-2 in 10 innings. Braves righthander Tommy Hanson threw two scoreless innings for Mesa, striking out one and yielding a single. … Peoria first baseman Kyle Blanks (Padres) went 2-for-5 and left fielder Chad Huffman (Padres) went 1-for-4 with a home run, helping the Saguaros defeat the Scottsdale Scorpions, 9-3. . . Scottsdale first baseman Mark Trumbo (Angels) went 3-for-4.