Toronto's Pearson perfect over four frames

Surprise right-hander strikes out five in best Fall League outing

Nate Pearson's scoreless outing marked his first since his Arizona Fall League debut last month. (Freek Bouw/European Baseball Magazine)

By MiLB.com Staff | November 8, 2018 12:14 AM

Since his debut last month, Nate Pearson hasn't had a whole lot of memorable moments in the Arizona Fall League. In Wednesday's outing, he crafted a few.

Toronto's No. 4 prospect threw four perfect innings, striking out five on just 46 pitches anf Surprise Saguaros rallied with a four-run ninth to beat the Scottsdale Scorpions, 5-4, at Surprise Stadium.


Gameday box score


Pearson headed into his fifth AFL outing with a 11.12 ERA -- 15.75 in four appearances since the 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his debut -- but was fresh off an appearance in the league's Fall Stars Game. The right-hander started three of his four innings with strikeouts and fanned the second batters of the third and fourth. When the Scorpions put the ball in play, Pearson distributed outs defensively with two on the ground and five in the air.

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Baseball's No. 90 overall prospect threw 32 pitches for strikes and dropped his ERA to 8.22. Pearson had been tagged for at least three runs in three previous outings for the Saguaros, including four on seven hits over four innings on Oct. 29, his final start before the Fall Stars Game. In Saturday's showcase, the 22-year-old yielded just one run on one hit while whiffing a pair for the West.

San Francisco's No. 28 prospect C.J. Hinojosa broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer to left field in the seventh for Scottsdale. But Andy Young (Cardinals) and Pittsburgh's No. 16 prospect Will Craig belted back-to-back homers to center and left-center respectively -- Young's a two-run shot -- to draw Surprise even in the ninth. After Nick Heath (Royals) tripled to right with two outs, top Astros prospect Kyle Tucker walked it off with a single to right.

Cincinnati's No. 8 prospect Shed Long was involved in a scary moment in the sixth when he dove for a line drive hit by top Toronto prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The smash, clocked at 110-mph exit velocity, appeared to hit Long in the forearm and caromed to shortstop Andres Gimenez -- the Mets' top prospect -- who relayed it to first for the out.

Long stayed down momentarily before exiting the game under his own power.

In other AFL action:

Javelinas 8, Rafters 7

San Diego's No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed broke a tie in the ninth with a two-out homer -- his first this fall -- as Peoria clinched the West Division and home-field advantage in the Championship Game on Nov. 17. Seventeenth-ranked Rays prospect Joe McCarthy went yard and doubled while Braves No. 23 prospect Izzy Wilson homered and tripled. Top Brewers prospect Keston Hiura added to his AFL-best hit total with a single. Adam McCreery (Braves) allowed a hit over two innings for the win. Third-ranked Arizona prospect Jazz Chisholm hit a leadoff homer, doubled and scored twice and Colorado's No. 9 prospect Sam Hilliard added two RBIs and two runs for Salt River. Jake Noll (Nationals) singled three times, walked, drove in a run and scored. D-backs No. 30 Dom Miroglio doubled in a run and scored for the Rafters, who got two scoreless innings from Rockies No. 20 prospect Jesus Tinoco. Gameday box score

Solar Sox 6, Desert Dogs 4

Eighth-ranked Detroit prospect Daz Cameron homered, singled twice and drove in two runs and Esteban Quiroz (Boston) doubled and singled twice to lead Mesa. Tenth-ranked Red Sox prospect Josh Ockimey hit his first homer this fall, a shot to left in the first that scored No. 6 prospect Bobby Dalbec. Twelfth-ranked Angels prospect Jesus Castillo (2-1) gave up a run on four hits in four innings, striking out three and walking two. For Glendale, fourth-ranked White Sox prospect Luis Robert launched his second long ball of the fall, while Jared Walker (Dodgers) and Martin Cervenka (Orioles) also went deep. Dodgers' 20th-ranked prospect Errol Robinson singled twice and walked for the Desert Dogs. Gameday box score

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