Stewart, Scivicque reunite, power Rafters

Former teammates combine for six hits, four RBIs in Salt River win

Christin Stewart blasted 30 homers across two levels in his second Minor League season in 2016. (Buck Davidson/

By Staff | November 11, 2016 8:34 PM ET

It's just like old times for Christin Stewart and Kade Scivicque.

The pair were teammates with Class A Advanced Lakeland until Stewart's promotion to Double-A Erie on Aug. 8, with Scivicque getting traded to the Braves eight days later. But the Tigers' third-ranked prospect and the 23-year-old backstop are up to their old tricks as teammates again in the Arizona Fall League.

Stewart collected two hits and drove in three runs, while Scivicque went 4-for-5 with an RBI on Friday in Salt River's 6-4 win over Peoria. The Rafters (13-12) and Javelinas (13-11) are tied for first place in their respective divisions heading into the final week of AFL play.

The 34th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, Stewart set career highs with 30 homers and 87 RBIs in 128 games with Lakeland and Erie. His 24 long balls, .534 slugging percentage and .936 OPS led the Florida State League, prompting a promotion to Double-A for the final three weeks of the season.

Stewart extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the first inning, then stole his first base in the AFL. He struck out in his next two at-bats but came through in the sixth. With a run in and the bases loaded, the Atlanta native doubled to center field to extend Salt River's lead to 6-2. He walked in his final plate appearance in the eighth.

The University of Tennessee product is batting .375 with five extra-base hits, six walks and three RBIs during the streak, lifting his average to .271. He hit in a career-high 11 straight games with Lakeland from April 30-May 12.

Scivicque's four-hit day began with an RBI single to center in the second that scored Brewers No. 7 prospect Brett Phillips. He singled to center again in the fourth, then doubled to center in the sixth and scored on a base hit by Rockies infielder Pat Valaika. The LSU product legged out an infield single in the seventh but was denied a fifth hit when he flied out in the ninth. It was the second four-hit game of his professional career.

D-backs left-hander Jared Miller allowed one hit and a walk with two strikeouts in two scoreless frames in his first start for Salt River. In nine AFL appearances, the 23-year-old has yet to allow a run in 16 innings while fanning 27 batters. Gabe Speier (1-0) worked around a hit and two walks by fanning two in two innings for the win.

Zach Vincej (Reds) went 2-for-3 with a homer and a double and drove in three runs for Peoria. The 25-year-old is hitting .380 with a league-leading 18 RBIs. 

In other Arizona Fall League action

Saguaros 5, Solar Sox 3

Rangers No. 2 prospect Andy Ibanez doubled, singled and drove in three runs to lead Surprise to its 14th win. Danny Mars (Red Sox) went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and drove in the Saguaros' other two runs. Fifth-ranked Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech (2-0) remained unbeaten, scattering two hits and six walks while fanning two over 3 1/3 scoreless frames. Blue Jays No. 3 prospect Anthony Alford blasted a three-run homer, his third in the AFL, for Mesa. Box score

Desert Dogs 5, Scorpions 2

Top Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer, walked twice and scored two runs, and third-ranked Cardinals prospect Harrison Bader was 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs to lead Glendale. Francis Martes (1-1), the Astros' top prospect, allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and a walk while striking out four over four innings to earn the win. Joe Broussard (Dodgers) worked around two hits and fanned one in a scoreless ninth for his third AFL save. Yankees No. 7 prospect Miguel Andujar tripled, singled and scored a run for Scottsdale. Box score

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