AFL Dish: Hughes Ends On A High Note

Prospect Of The Day
It was an all-Hughes matchup as the Peoria Javelinas faced off against the Scottsdale Scorpions yesterday.

Righthander Phil Hughes (Yankees) got the ball for the Javelinas, while righthander Jared Hughes (Pirates) took the hill for Scottsdale.

Taking the mound for the last time this fall, Phil stole the show.

Facing the Scottsdale Scorpions, Hughes went five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits in the process. He didn’t issue a walk and struck out 10 as the Javelinas rolled past the Scorpions, 5-0.

The performance gives Hughes a final line in the AFL of 2-0, 3.00 with 38 strikeouts and 13 walks over 30 innings.

Other Notable Performances
With Hughes on the mound for the Javelinas, Scottsdale managed just five hits in the game and three of them—all singles—came off the bat of Scorpions second baseman Kevin Frandsen (Giants). Frandsen is now hitting .344/.401/.438 over 128 at-bats this fall. . . Mesa first baseman Logan Morrison (Marlins) didn’t get any hits yesterday, but he did draw two walks. All of his eight walks this fall have come in the past nine games, indicating that pitchers may be pitching around him. It’s not surprising, considering he’s hitting .404/.444/.667 over 99 at-bats. . . Mesa shortstop Jason Donald (Phillies) was awarded the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award and went 1-for-4 with a double at the plate as the Solar Sox topped the Peoria Saguaros, 7-4. . . Mesa righthander Kris Medlen (Braves) spun three perfect innings, striking out five for the win. Over 21 AFL innings, Medlen maintained a 2.14 ERA with 25 strikeouts and just one walk. . . Peoria Saguaros third baseman Brett Wallace (Cardinals) went 2-for-3 with his sixth AFL home run in the loss. . . first baseman Bill Rhinehart (Nationals) also went deep for the Saguaros as part of a 2-for-4 day at the plate that also included a double. . . Surprise right fielder Brian McFall (Royals) went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs as the Rafters defeated the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 11-6.