Scherzer Struggles in His 3rd AFL Start

Max leads the AFL with 18 strikeouts(Nam Y Huh/AP)

After two outstanding starts in the Arizona Fall League, Max Scherzer suffered a small setback in his latest start, allowing five runs in five innings. The three other Arizona Diamondbacks that appeared in the contest each added something positive to the eventual 10-9 loss to the Surprise Rafters, however.

Max Scherzer breezed through the first three frames on Saturday before struggling in the fourth and fifth innings.  He allowed two doubles to first baseman Brandon Snyder of the Baltimore Orioles organization. 

The outing was hardly a disaster for Scherzer, as he allowed seven base runners in five innings and did not surrender a longball for the first time in three starts.  He kept the Desert Dogs in the ballgame and still led the Arizona Fall League in both innings pitched and strikeouts through Sunday's games.

Indeed, when Reid Mahon was called upon to pitch in the seventh, the Dogs were staked to a 9-7 lead.  Mahon retired the rafters in order, earning his fourth Hold of the fall and lowering his AFL ERA to 1.80.

Three of the Desert dogs' runs came on a John Hester three-run homer in the second inning off starter Willie Eyre.  Eyre is the brother of World Series participant Scott Eyre and belongs to the Texas Rangers organization.  Hester's batting average rose to .400 after the game, which included two hits, two runs scored, and a hit by pitch, continuing the catcher's strong second half of the regular season.

Evan Frey led off the game with a single and a stolen base, his third swipe of the fall.  He would score later in the inning.  Frey did go hitless in his next four at bats and did commit an error in the game, but that miscue did not lead to any runs for the Rafters.  His batting average remains at .200 for the fall.


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