Logan O’Hoppe continues to impress in the Arizona Fall League and, as Whoopi Goldberg said to her young mentee in this scene from Sister Act, “See now, you got it.”
More about Logan in a little while, but let’s just say that the game against the Mesa Solar Sox was held in a stadium (Sloan Park) that could use a little modernizing. There were no lineup sheets available, the starting nine being posted on an easel on the concourse, barely legible. All three Phillies position players were in action again today, and Hans Crouse (the toss-in in the Spencer Howard deal) was the starting pitcher for the Javelinas.
There was only one scoreboard, and that was in center field. More problematic, it was unreadable in the glare of the afternoon sun. But who am I to complain? The red hot Bryson Stott got things going for Peoria in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly to left-center field.
The 1-0 lead didn’t hold up long, as Hans Crouse gave up a two spot in the 2nd despite his funky delivery, gold plated shoes, and ample tattoos. Hans exited after 4 innings having walked four batters and serving up four earned runs. He definitely marches to the beat of his own drummer.
On the offensive side of the ledger, all three Phils’ position players contributed nicely today. Bryson Stott went 3-4 with a walk and five RBI. All three hits were well-timed singles, and he was thrown out at second while trying to stretch one of them into a double.
Logan O’Hoppe singled three times in six trips to the plate, raising his batting average to .300 and his OPS to .936. The ball was finding the end of his bat today more so than the sweet spot, but hey – a base hit is a base hit and Logan continues to make excellent contact.
Simon Muzziotti got in on the action as well, with a base hit, four walks, and two runs scored. The offensive production was needed today because reliever Luis Curvelo, who cruised through the 8th, couldn’t get any Solar Sox out in the 9th after taking a liner off his back.
Although Luis continued to pitch, he was being tagged hard and was mercifully pulled after giving up four consecutive runs with no outs.
That’s right, but Devin Sweet came in to stop the bleeding and record the final three outs as the Javelinas held on for a 16-13 win on a day when no lead seemed safe. Their three game win streak puts them at 7-8, and one win away from the respectable .500 level. In fact, were they in the AFL East, the Javelinas would be tied for first place with the Solar Sox who fell to 7-8 with today’s loss. However they are in the AFL West, the division owned this year by the 12-3 Surprise Saguaros.