The Mesa Solar Sox wrapped up a 14-0 win against the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League action yesterday thanks to the outstanding efforts from four Toronto Blue Jays’ minor leaguers.
Sean Nolin had, by far, his best outing in the AFL this winter, throwing three almost perfect innings, facing only 10 batters and hitting one, retiring nine others with five strikeouts. 19-year-old righty Roberto Osuna followed him and had his best outing, throwing three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out a pair. Nolin brought his ERA for the AFL down to 6.48 over 8 1/3 innings while Osuna, still coming back from Tommy John surgery last summer, brought his down to 12.27 in 7 1/3 innings.
Leading the 25-hit attack for the Solar Sox was another pair of Blue Jays. Dalton Pompey, who made the big leagues in September after a stellar year at three minor league levels, was 4/6 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI while Dwight Smith, Jr. (who turns 22 today!) was 2/5 with a triple, two RBI and a run.
The Blue Jays’ two relievers, Blake McFarland and Arik Sikula also got into the action and both kept their ERAs at 0.00 with McFarland adding an inning of no-hit, one-walk relief and Sikula throwing one shutout inning, allowing a hit.
All in all, it was a great day to be a Mesa Solar Sock in general and a Toronto Blue Jays farmhand in particular!
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