On a night when homers stole the show early, some small ball put Peoria on top when it mattered most.
Top Braves prospect Ronald Acuna belted two homers, Blue Jays prospect Jonathan Davis hit another, and the Javelinas rallied for five runs in the final two innings to edge the Surprise Saguaros, 11-10, on Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League.
Peoria raced to an early lead on the strength of Acuna's bat. MLB.com's No. 5 overall prospect led off the second with a blast to left-center, kicking off a four-run frame. He followed with a two-run shot to left-center in the third.
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The blast marked a milestone for Acuna, who has not registered a multi-homer game in 236 career Minor League games. The center fielder is starring in the AFL after a breakout campaign in 2017, ascending through three levels and batting .325/.374/.522 with a career-high 21 homers and 82 RBIs in 139 games for Class A Advanced Florida, Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett.
Surprise erased a six-run deficit with a seven-run fourth, highlighted by a two-out grand slam to right by Royals No. 11 prospect Nicky Lopez. The Saguaros tacked on three in the fifth, with Twins prospect Chris Paul driving home a pair with a triple to center.
Jays prospect Lourdes Gurriel sparked Peoria's four-run eighth with a leadoff double to right. Davis clubbed a two-run homer to left two batters later. The Javs tied it when No. 10 Padres prospect Josh Naylor drew a bases-loaded walk and Braves No. 16 prospect Alex Jackson was hit with a pitch.
Padres No. 3 prospect Luis Urias opened the Peoria ninth with a double to left, taking third on Davis' sacrifice and scoring the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of 10th-ranked Braves prospect Austin Riley.
Play was stopped in the second inning after a violent outfield collision between Sags outfielders LaMonte Wade and Oscar Mercado. Wade, the Twins' No. 17 prospect, was conscious and able to move his extremities but was taken from the field on a stretcher and hospitalized as a precaution. He was diagnosed with a concussion and returned to the ballpark before the game was over.
Mariners prospect Eric Filia continued his prolific offensive campaign, boosting his average to an AFL-leading .394 with a 3-for-5 night.
In other AFL action:
Solar Sox 16, Rafters 2
Top Astros prospect Kyle Tucker went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored as Mesa romped. Tigers infielder A.J. Simcox and A's No. 11 prospect Sean Murphy registered three hits apiece. Murphy belted his second homer of the fall, while Simcox drove in three runs and scored a pair. Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for Salt River. Gameday box score
Desert Dogs 12, Scorpions 7
Top Indians prospect Francisco Mejia picked up a couple of hits, two RBIs and a run scored, while leadoff man Ka'ai Tom (Indians) homered and scored three times for Glendale. Pirates infielder Mitchell Tolman went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in support of No. 11 Pirates prospect Taylor Hearn (1-0), who struck out one over three one-hit innings. Yankees No. 4 prospect Justus Sheffield (2-2) took the loss, exiting after being struck on the leg by a liner off the bat of Dodgers catcher Will Smith in the second. Gameday box score
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