Washington Nationals' prospect Bryce Harper will be back in action on Wednesday, but he was on the bench last night for the Scottsdale Scorpions' win. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
AFL Update: The Scottsdale Scorpions were back in action Monday night, traveling to Mesa, Arizona's HoHoKam Park to take on the Mesa Solar Sox. The Nats' '08 19th Round pick Stephen Lombardozzi led off for the Scorpions, going 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. The Fulton, Maryland-born infielder took a four-pitch walk to start the game but was stranded at second three outs later. With Scottsdale up 2-0 after an RBI double by his fellow Nats' prospect Derek Norris in the second, Lombardozzi hit a leadoff single in the Scorpions' third for the first of four-straight hits off Mets' left-hander Robert Carson that scored three more runs to make it 5-0 Scottsdale after the top of the inning.
Lombardozzi stroked a line drive single to center in the fourth for his second hit of the night, but was forced out on a grounder in the next at bat. In his fourth at bat in the 5th inning, Lombardozzi rolled a grounder to first, then he was hit by a pitch in the seventh and flew out to right to end the ninth. Derek Norris' 4th double of the Fall drove in his 16th RBI in the second inning, but the Nats' '07 4th Round pick and top catching prospect, ended the third with a weak grounder and struck out in his final three at bats, twice looking and once swinging to end the game 1 for 5.
Brad Peacock was the only Nats' pitching prospect to take the mound Monday. The 22-year-old right-hander retired the first two batters he faced in the seventh before giving up a two-out walk, a single and a 3-run HR by LA Angels' '03 1st Round pick Brandon Wood. Peacock needed 27 pitches, 14 strikes, to get through the inning, and he's now surrendered at least one run in each of his last three outings. Final Score: Scorpions 8, Solar Sox 3.