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Domingo Acevedo (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Surprise Can’t Secure Win in AFL Tie

For the first time this season I have attended a game in which Gary Sanchez played and did not homer. Not only did Sanchez not homer, but he went hitless in the game in five trips to the plate, including two strikeouts. There seemed to be a clear strategy for pitching to Sanchez on the day, as they were regularly quick pitching him causing him to call time several times while in the box and seemed somewhat uncomfortable. Behind the plate he threw out one runner and would have had another but the ball was dropped by shortstop Yadiel Rivera of the Brewers. He later allowed a stolen base by Connor Lien of the Braves who he had thrown out earlier in the game.

Tyler Austin was the only other Yankees prospect in the starting lineup on the day and was out in left field. While he made every play hit his way, he did not look totally comfortable, with even some routine fly outs getting him off-balance and looked to eat him up a bit. At the plate, Austin went 1-4 and reached on a walk, striking out once, stealing two bags and scoring on a base hit from Patrick Wisdom of the Cardinals.

Domingo Acevedo took the hill in the sixth inning and threw two innings of shutout ball allowing two hits and striking out two. He is still listed at 6’7” and just 190 lbs., but there is no chance he still tips the scale at that light a weight. Coming into the game he had allowed three runs in 6.1 innings and hit two batters. He showed good control on the day but I only saw him throw one breaking ball, which was pedestrian. I had heard good things about his velocity, which just wasn’t where I had heard he tends to sit. He was working 93-96 MPH during his two outings rather than flirting with triple digits. His change was excellent on the day, often doubling or tripling up on it. In fact, I counted one stretch where he through six consecutive changeups across two batters. With just one appearance as high as Charleston in the South Atlantic League, the Arizona Fall League is certainly a good test for Acevedo, who has not looked great, but he showed signs that he belongs on the same field as guys who are knocking on the door of the big leagues.

After Peoria came back in the ninth inning to tie the game and send it to extras, Jurickson Profar came through with a go-ahead RBI single. Dustin Fowler came in to pinch run for Profar and promptly stole second base.

Peoria came back to tie the game again in the 10th, but Surprise re-took the lead in the top of the 11th when Ramon Torres of the Royals drove in Patrick Wisdom of the Cardinals. Then in the bottom of the 11th D.J. Peterson of the Mariners hit a solo home run, bringing the score to 4-4, and that is how the game ended. The Arizona Fall League does not permit games to go beyond 11 innings, so the game officially goes down as a suspended game, but all individual stats count.

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