November 13, 2011 at 5:30 AM
11/13 Cup of Coffee: Alex Hassan had quite a game. On a night when the entire Scorpions offense collected only 5 hits, Hassan went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and a home run. He also added 2 outfield assists. Unfortunately, it was not enough, as the Surprise Saguaros defeated the Scorpions, 6-4, in seven innings.
Hassan gave the Scorpions the lead in the top of the first, launching a three-run home run to left field. The Scorpions got two runs back in the second with a solo home run from former UConn star Mike Olt (TEX), and an RBI double from 2011 first-round pick Mikie Mahtook (TB). The floodgates opened in the fifth, as Surprise scored four times in the inning. A two-run double for Christian Colon (KC) and a two-run single for Leonys Martin (TEX) were the big hits for Surprise. Scottsdale got a run back in the sixth when Joe Panik (SF) doubled home Hassan, but it was too little, too late.
Austin Fleet (SF) started for Scottsdale, throwing the first 2.0 innings, allowing 2 runs. Matt Purke (WAS) followed him and pitched a scoreless third inning. Pat Lehman (WAS) had a tough night allowing 4 runs in just 1.0 inning of work. He allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 2.
Dan Butler was the only other Red Sox prospect to play. He started at catcher and went 0 for 3. The Scorpions get Sunday off, but return to action on Monday with a home game against Salt River starting at 3:35 EST.