Rough Start For Nationals' Prospect Sammy Solis In First AFL Loss

Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

A rough first inning for Washington Nationals' prospect Sammy Solis led to a short outing in Arizona, where Solis and the Mesa Solar Sox lost on Saturday afternoon. Several Nats' prospects were in action in HoHoKam Park...

Sammy Solis gave up more runs (3 ER) in the first inning today in HoHoKam Park than he had in 12 2/3 IP over his first three starts in Arizona Fall League action (2 ER). The Washington Nationals' 25-year-old, 2010 2nd Round pick surrendered four straight hits, two one-out singles, an RBI double, a two-run grounder and a walk before he got an inning-ending double play to end a 31-pitch first against the Surprise Saguaros.

Solis followed that up with an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 second, but a scoreless, 20-pitch third in which he allowed a one-out single and a two-out ground-rule double ended the left-hander's day: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks, 61 P, 40 S, 6/0 GO/FO. The Saguaros added three runs in the fifth in what ended up a 6-1 loss for the Mesa Solar Sox, who fell to 10-5 and Solis, who is (3-1) with a 2.87 ERA after four starts.

Robert Benincasa was the only other Nats' prospect on the mound Saturday. The 23-year-old right-hander drafted out of Florida State in the 7th Round of the 2012 Draft threw a nine-pitch, six-strike, 1-2-3 top of the ninth. Nationals' outfield prospect Brian Goodwin, 22, singled with two out in the fifth, but struck out twice and was 1 for 4 overall in the loss. 2011 5th Round pick Matt Skole was 0 for 2 with a walk and two Ks. Steve Souza, Jr. was 1 for 3 with a K, but the 25-year-old outfielder was caught stealing after singling with two down in the fourth.

Benincasa has a 4.50 ERA, two walks and five Ks in 6.0 AFL IP. Goodwin is 13 for 42 (.302/.348/.349) with two doubles, two walks and 12 Ks in 10 games. Skole has more walks (10) than Ks (7) so far this fall, and his 0 for 2 game today left him 5 for 25 with a double and two home runs in eight games. Souza is 8 for 20 after his 1 for 3 day in the loss with a double, five walks and four Ks in six games.

Solis has a 2.87 ERA, five walks (2.87 BB/9) and 16 Ks (9.19 K/9) after four starts and 15 2/3 IP at the start of his third stint in the Arizona Fall League.

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