Giants prospects pilot Scorpions to victory
Brown collects three hits, two RBIs; Maday shuts down Dogs
There are seven Giants farmhands on the roster of the Scottsdale Scorpions. Only two were needed on Saturday afternoon in Phoenix.
Leadoff man Gary Brown collected three hits and two RBIs and Daryl Maday pitched four innings of one-hit ball as the Scorpions edged the Desert Dogs, 5-4.
Brown, San Francisco's No. 1 prospect, singled and scored on a double by Hank Conger (Angels) in the first inning. The California League Rookie of the Year doubled home Cody Overbeck (Phillies) and Jean Segura (Angels) in the second to extend Scottsdale's lead to 3-0.
"He was throwing a lot of cutters, a lot of sliders," Brown said of his six-pitch battle in the second with Yankees prospect David Phelps. "He left one up in the middle of the plate and I was able to drive it."
Selected 24th overall in the 2010 Draft, Brown also led off the seventh with a single. Playing for Class A Advanced San Jose, he recorded 22 games with at least three hits during the regular season. He led the league with 188 hits, ranked second with 53 stolen bases and third with a .336 average.
"It's good to have a good game, but it's just a matter of timing; I hadn't seen pitching in two weeks and I finally got to play back-to-back games," said Brown, who was 1-for-7 in his first two Arizona Fall League games. "I definitely was hitting in the cage, but you can't simulate the live pitching. There's nothing that's the same as that."
Maday (1-0), allowed only a single to Reds farmhand Brodie Greene, struck out six and walked two. The 26-year-old right-hander went 4-12 with a 4.75 ERA in 28 games between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Fresno this season.
"He looked good," Brown said. "A lot of movement on his fastball, wasn't leaving it up and he did a good job."
Andrew Taylor (Angels) came on in the fifth and surrendered a two-run homer to Blue Jays prospect Kevin Ahrens.
The Scorpions scored two insurance runs in the eighth before the Desert Dogs' Michael Choice (A's) slugged a solo shot off Caleb Clay (Red Sox). Another Oakland prospect, Grant Green, doubled and scored on a single by Yan Gomes (Blue Jays) to chase Clay and get the Desert Dogs within 5-4.
Choice, the A's No. 2 prospect behind Green, has three homers in four AFL games.
Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman recorded the final four outs, fanning two, for his first save. With the tying run at second in the ninth, he struck out Choice on five pitches.
Phelps (0-1), the Yankees' No. 8 prospect, allowed all three Brown-produced runs on four hits over three innings. He threw 48 pitches.