The Mesa Solar Sox improved to 6-0 with a 3-1 win over the Peoria Javelinas. Four Washington Nationals' prospects were in action Wednesday afternoon in Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona as the Solar Sox rallied from an early 1-0 deficit with a three-run sixth for their sixth straight win to start the AFL season.
Steven Souza, 24, an '07 3rd Round pick, walked in his first at bat then singled in two runs in the sixth inning, taking a first-pitch fastball from 23-year-old Kansas City Royals' prospect Malcolm Culver to right for a line drive hit. Souza ended the night 1 for 3 with a walk. Through three games in AFL action, Souza, who posted a .300/.396/.557 line with 23 doubles and 15 HRs in 77 games at Double-A Harrisburg this season, is 3 for 11 with a double, five RBIs, three walks, and five stolen bases.
Nationals' 2011 1st Round pick Brian Goodwin was 1 for 4 with a K in the Solar Sox' win. The 22-year-old outfielder, in his second AFL stint, is 6 for 18 through four games with two doubles and a stolen base so far this fall. Adrian Nieto, a 23-year-old backstop prospect and '08 5th Round pick out of La Habana, Cuba and American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, was 0 for 4 with two Ks today. Through three games, the catcher who put up a .285/.373/.449 line with the High-A Potomac Nationals this season, is 3 for 6 so far in Arizona.
Richie Mirowski, 24, was the only Nationals' pitching prospect to take the mound today in Surprise Stadium, throwing a scoreless inning and striking out one batter in a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh. It's Mirowski's second scoreless inning of work in the AFL after a 2013 campaign split between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg where he finished the season with the Senators with a (2-0) record, one save, a 2.61 ERA, 1.12 FIP, four walks (1.74 BB/9) and 29 Ks (12.63 K/9) in 20 2/3 IP.
The Mesa Solar Sox' next game is scheduled for 9:35 PM EDT tomorrow in HoHoKam Park where Nats' prospect Matt Purke is scheduled to make his second AFL start of 2013.
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