Boston's Travis launches walk-off in AFL action
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Just as Sam Travis continues to heat up, so do the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Travis sent his teammates into a frenzy with a three-run walk-off homer as Scottsdale topped Salt River, 10-8, in 11 innings Monday.
"It was a 3-0 pitch and I was just looking for a pitch to drive to the outfield," the No. 11 prospect in the Red Sox system said. "Tying run on third, less than two outs, I was just looking for something to go to the outfield and I was obviously going to be very selective with it being 3-0. He threw me something I thought I could hammer and it worked out for us."
The 22-year-old is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he hit .307 in 131 games across Class A Advanced Salem and Double-A Portland, and has carried that momentum over into the Arizona Fall League.
Travis went 2-for-6 with a home run, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored Monday. The former second-round selection also extended his hitting streak to six games and is now hitting .328.
"I think it's going all right," Travis said of his AFL stint. "I'm learning a lot, day by day. Learning what pitches I can handle and what pitches aren't good pitches to hit in certain situations in the game. Overall the talent is unbelievable out here and I'm just working on my game day by day."
Despite his heroics at the plate, the outfielder wanted to talk about his teammates, who have won four in a row.
"We've just got a lot of chemistry, it's unreal," Travis said. "We've just got a good group of guys, I'm getting goosebumps just telling you about it. It was like day one, we just blended together and connected -- guys that love to compete and love to win. It's a great clubhouse."
The win gives the Scorpions a two-game lead in the East Division, but it didn't come easy.
Scottsdale jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but trailed throughout the contest.
The Scorpions fell behind 2-1 in the third and saw the deficit increase to 5-1 in the eighth when Nationals No. 23 prospect Chris Bostick hit a three-run homer.
But the Scorpions battled back and tied the game with a five-run eighth.
"We're a team that believes we're always in the game, especially out here - the ball flies here," Travis said. "The same thing goes on defense, you've got to play tight [defense] because one swing of the bat changes the entire game. We always think we're in it, we're never giving up, we're always giving 110 percent."