Washington Nationals' prospect Bryce Harper #34 will play his third AFL game this afternoon in Mesa Arizona's HoHoKam Park. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
• AFL Update: Tuesday night in the Arizona Fall League, a Scottsdale Scorpions' lineup featuring Washington Nationals' '08 19th Round pick Stephen Lombardozzi at second and Nats' '07 1st Round pick Michael Burgess in right, dropped a 7-4 decision to the visiting Peoria Saguaros in spite of Burgess' big 3 for 5 night, which saw the 22-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder double, triple and knock in two runs in a game in which Scottsdale hitters went 1 for 13 with RISP. Lombardozzi was 0 for 4 with a walk, stranding three runners, while his fellow Nats' prospect came up a HR short of the cycle, singling in his second at bat after grounding out in his first, then hitting a one-out triple in the sixth and scoring on a wild pitch before his two-RBI double in the eighth drove in two of the Scorpions' four runs scored on the evening.
Lombardozzi's now 7 for 31 (.226/.375/.355) in 8 AFL games, collecting 4 doubles, 2 RBI's, 1 SB and 6 walks while striking out 3 times. Burgess' 3-hit game gives him 9 hits total in 8 games and 29 at bats (.310/.364/.448) in which he's connected for 2 doubles and last night's triple, knocking in 6 runs total with 3 walks and 8 K's. Brad Peacock, 22, the Nationals' '06 41st Round pick who pitched at both Class-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg earlier this year, striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings pitched over 26 appearances, 25 starts and 142.0 IP, completed his fourth-straight scoreless frame last night, overcoming two errors and a two-out walk which forced him to throw 21 pitches, 11 strikes, to five batters before a fly ball to left ended the Peoria fourth. Peacock, who walked just his second batter in 7.0 IP this fall, failed to add to his team-leading 12 K's.
The Scorpions are now 8-5, with Nats' 2010 no.1 overall pick Bryce Harper set to play his third game Wednesday afternoon when Scottsdale travels to Mesa, Arizona to take on the Solar Sox in HoHoKam Park at 12:35 pm MST, or 3:35 pm in D.C. Who's following Bryce Harper?
• Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico Update...
The Leones de Ponce came up a run short in a 4-3 loss last night to the Senadores de San Juan, with the future right side of the Nats' infield, Danny Espinosa and Chris Marrero (is he still the future 1B?) going a combined 3 for 8, with Espinosa 2 for 4 with a run scored and a K, while Marrero went 1 for 4 while striking out once as well. Marrero, who turned 22 last July, is now 4 for 13 in 3 games for the Leones, while Espinosa, 23, has 3 hits in 13 at bats. '06 5th Round pick, pitcher Cory VanAllen, who'll turn 26 this December, allowed an inherited runner to score before recording the final two outs of the fifth.