The Scorpions had another rough week to end October, going 2-4 to stay in last place in both the AFL East and Fall League overall (5-11). In general, it was a better week for Cleveland pitchers as only one had a poor performance, but was mediocre for the hitters. Richie Palacios continues to dominate at the plate, both through power and efficiency.

Day by Day

10/25 L 7-5 Desert Dogs at Scorpions
10/26 L 11-2 Saguaros at Scorpions
10/27 L 2-3 Scorpions at Rafters
10/28 W 11-4 Scorpions at Solar Sox
10/29 W 6-5 (F/11) Desert Dogs at Scorpions
10/30 L 8-4 Saguaros at Scorpions

Player of the Week

OF Richie Palacios – 5/18, 3 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB

Continuing the fall as Cleveland’s only regular starter on the Scorpions, Palacios did take an 0 for 4 against the Saguaros, but reached in each game this week and had five hits including a double and triple. He became a little active on the bases as well, stealing two of his three bases this season.

Who’s Hot

RP Matt Turner: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Turner pitched just once this week, joining the game on October 28 in the fifth inning up 5-4. He used three consecutive fly outs to end that inning, then was perfect again in the sixth with a strike out between two more flies. In a strange scoring decision, the starter was given the win despite allowing four runs in 2.2 innings making both Aaron Pinto’s and Turner’s early game appearances technically save situations, so Turner earned a hold for his two scoreless innings.

RP Aaron Pinto: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB

As mentioned, Pinto earned a hold on the 28th although his outing wasn’t as clean as Turner’s. He came into the game in the third with the bases loaded up 5-2. He allowed two singles to hand two runs to the starter before a fly out ended the inning with the lead intact. He was then perfect in the fourth to earn a hold and hand things off to Turner. He pitched again on Saturday against the Saguaros, allowing a single, passed ball and walk in the sixth before using a double play to end the inning without score.

Who’s Not

SP Tanner Tully: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, HR

While his line is similar to last week’s, it wasn’t a complete copy paste. He made one start on October 27 against the Rafters and alternated strike outs and singles to start the first. In the second, the first three batters reached on two singles and a three run homer. He gave up two more hits in the inning, but was bailed out by his defense as a runner was caught trying to advance to end the inning. He had a good third with two more K’s, but left the game quickly in the fourth. Following an out and a walk, he was replaced by Casetta-Stubbs who stranded his final runner.

C Michael Amditis: 1/11, R, 1 BB, 3 K

Just like Tully, Amditis is back on the bottom again after going hitless in two of his three appearances. He struck out three times in five at bats on the 28th when he had his only hit and run scored. Of the other Cleveland players, Damon Casetta-Stubbs and Jose Tena continue to roll on without doing anything of particular note.

Up next (all starts 10:30 AM):

10/31 Off
11/1 Scorpions @ Saguaros
11/2 Rafters @ Scorpions
11/2 Solar Sox @ Scorpions
11/4 Scorpions @ Javelinas
11/5 Scorpions @ Javelinas
11/6 Javalinas @ Scorpions

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