Scottsdale Scorpions 6, Glendale Desert Dogs 1
Luis Basabe (CF): 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Zach Thompson: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Another scarce Sox day for the Glendale Desert Dogs, as Luis Basabe was the only Sox prospect in the starting lineup. Basabe had the luxury of going up against Forrest Whitley, the eighth best overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
In Basabe’s first at-bat, he was first-pitch swinging and grounded out. His next at-bat exercised much more patience, as he saw three whole pitches before singling.
Luis Basabe picks up a single on a line drive to left field while facing Forrest Whitley #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/AMsv9rxljT— Sean Williams (@TLS_Sean) October 16, 2018
Unfortunately, Basable was caught stealing following his base knock. While Basabe had an up and down first half-game, the Desert Dogs did the same. They jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a Scorpion error. However, Scottsdale took the a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning behind RBIs from Ronnie Dawson and Drew Ferguson.
Basabe’s next at-bat was much of the same, swinging early and putting the ball in play. This time, Basabe lasted two pitches, as he grounded out to keep the game at 2-1.
Zach Thompson came into the game in the eighth inning and quickly allowed two runners to reach base, one off of an error and the other on a single. The error came around to score, as an unearned run was tabbed to Thompson to make the game 3-1, Scorpions. After garnering weak contact for two outs, Thompson allowed a two-run homer to the 58th best prospect per MLB Pipeline, Peter Alonso. After that, the Desert Dogs were down and out, with a 5-1 deficit. Just to make the eighth inning even worse for Sox prospects, Basabe struck out on three called strikes. Not a great inning for any Sox involved.
The Scorpions tacked on another run in the ninth to make the final score 6-1, as the Desert Dogs have dropped six straight to open up the season.
But hey, here is some good scouting news on Luis Robert!
One of the players I'm most looking forward to seeing in the @MLBazFallLeague is @whitesox OF Luis Robert, though he's currently day to day with a hamstring injury. Here's my overview of Chicago's AFL contingent: https://t.co/Ev8nN1mg3x pic.twitter.com/HpU560b1MS— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) October 16, 2018