SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After tying for the Minor League lead with 36 homers this season, Peter Alonso now has the Arizona Fall League crown in his sights as well. The Mets' No. 2 prospect blasted his sixth homer of the fall Wednesday night as his Scottsdale Scorpions routed the Peoria
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After tying for the Minor League lead with 36 homers this season, Peter Alonso now has the Arizona Fall League crown in his sights as well. The Mets' No. 2 prospect blasted his sixth homer of the fall Wednesday night as his Scottsdale Scorpions routed the Peoria Javelinas, 10-3.
Alonso's towering blast to left field in the bottom of the first off right-hander Brandon Lawson (Rays) drove in three runs and was the start of a huge night. He added two doubles and a single, scored three runs and became the first AFL player to knock in six runs in a game this fall.
Alonso's homer tied him with Peoria first baseman Braxton Davidson (Braves) for the AFL lead, which he didn't realize until Davidson mentioned it to him later in the game. Alonso said he'd love to add another homer title to his resume, though he's not scheduled to play in Scottsdale's season finale on Thursday.
"I like him, but I hope he doesn't hit one tomorrow," Alonso said. "That would be sick. That's a great honor, and there's a lot of talented players here. If I can do that, that'd be great."
Baseball's best first-base prospect, Alonso tops the Fall League in extra-base hits (13), shares the lead in homers and doubles (seven) and ranks second in RBIs (27) and total bases (50). He also slammed an already legendary home run off a 103-mph fastball from right-hander Nate Pearson (Blue Jays) in the Fall Stars Game.
But Alonso also endured a lengthy slump, going 4-for-41 with 12 strikeouts before snapping out of it with a game-tying two-run double in the seventh inning of Tuesday's win over the Salt River Rafters. He said he fell into a rut where he got too aggressive.
"I was just swinging at pitches that aren't drivable, and I was getting out of myself," said Alonso, who's batting .255/.339/.510 in the AFL. "Tonight, I just made them come to me and didn't swing at stuff I don't want to swing at, like offspeed in the dirt. I just made my zone smaller and thankfully I got some pitches to hit, and I capitalized."
Alonso wasn't the only offensive hero for the Scorpions, who totaled 17 hits, with every member of their lineup collecting at least one. Left fielder Taylor Trammell (Reds) scored three runs and had three hits, including a triple, while designated hitter Abraham Toro (Astros) also scored three times and tallied two hits, including a double.
Javelinas second baseman Keston Hiura (Brewers) homered off right-hander J.B. Bukauskas in the first inning and later doubled, boosting his league-leading totals in hits (31), RBIs (33) and total bases (54). Hiura has the most RBIs in the Fall League since Mike Olt (Rangers) had 43 in 2011. Bukauskas hit 100 mph with his fastball and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings, though left fielder Trent Grisham (Brewers) tagged him for a homer in the third.
The loss ended Peoria's chance to post the highest winning percentage of any team in the Fall League's 27 seasons. Now 20-9 with one game remaining, the Javelinas currently rank third with a .690 winning percentage, trailing only the 2011 Surprise Saguaros (.722) and the 1999 Mesa Solar Sox (.705). Peoria will meet Salt River in the AFL championship game on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET, broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
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