The Arizona Fall League continued this weekend and the Cincinnati Reds prospects were out in full force and making their presence known for the Surprise Saguaros.
On Saturday night James Marinan made his second appearance of the fall. He came into the game in relief and pitched 3.0 no-hit innings without a walk and he struck out 6 batters. The recently turned 23-year-old (October 10th) has now thrown 7.0 innings and allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 8 batters.
Going back into the regular season, over James Marinan’s last 7 games (3 with Daytona, 2 with Dayton, and now 2 with Surprise) he’s thrown 32.0 innings, allowed just 13 hits, allowed just 2 earned runs, walked just 12 batters, and he’s struck out 35. That will work.
It wasn’t just Marinan getting things done for Surprise while representing the Reds on the night. Ivan Johnson went 2-4 with a walk, home run, and he drove in 3 runs. His home run came in the 1st inning and got the Saguaros on the board early in what turned out to be a 10-6 win. The also recently turned 23-year-old (October 11th) has now played in 6 games and has hit .286/.333/.762 with a double and 3 homers.
Drew Mount started the game out in left field and he went 3-4 with 2 runs, a stolen base, and he was hit by a pitch. Michael Siani went 1-4 and he stole 3 bases in the game. One of the steals was of home – the SECOND time he’s stolen home in the AFL this season.
With Surprise leading 10-2 entering the 9th inning, Peoria finally started getting something going int he top of the 9th. They scored 4 runs and had a runner on base when Eddy Demurias entered the game to try and put an end to the rally. The righty reliever was able to do just that, inducing fly outs to center and right field to end the game and seal the 6th win for the Saguaros as they moved to 6-3 on the season.
Mariel Bautista homers in pre-season Dominican Winter League
The Dominican Winter League officially begins on Wednesday. But they’ve been playing some pre-season games to get ready for the start of things. Mariel Bautista, who played for Licey last winter before an injury cost him the rest of his season, is back to doing some damage for the Tigres. He joined in on a home run parade last week along with Hanley Ramirez.
TL 8| LE 5
— Tigres del Licey (@TigresdelLicey) October 20, 2021
In the 2020/2021 Dominican Winter League season last year, Bautista only played in 6 games before his injury he had hit .308/.357/.615.
The opening day rosters have not yet been set for the league, so we don’t know who will be playing early on in the season just yet.