Crawford sparks Scorpions past Dogs
Giants prospect homers, extends hitting streak to six games
Brandon Crawford had something of a lost season. He appears to have found himself in the desert.
The Giants infielder homered, singled and scored twice on Saturday afternoon as the Scottsdale Scorpions rallied for a 9-4 triumph over the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
Like the Scorpions, Crawford got off to a slow start. But he led off the sixth inning with his first Arizona Fall League homer to extend his hitting streak to six games. The former fourth-round pick singled and scored in the ninth as Scottsdale scored five times over the final two innings to end a three-game slide.
The 24-year-old shortstop batted .265 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 43 games across two Minor League levels before being promoted to San Francisco. He hit .204 with a .584 OPS in 66 games with the Giants.
Crawford raised his AFL average to .353 and has four extra-base hits in 34 at-bats.
Phillies prospect Darin Ruf also homered and drove in two runs for the Scorpions, while Nationals Minor Leaguer Zach Walters added his first Fall League long ball. Angels catcher Hank Conger doubled home a pair of runs and scored twice.
Giants prospect Austin Fleet (2-0) was credited with the win after striking out one in a scoreless inning. Starter Tyler Cloyd (Phillies) fanned six and gave up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits over five frames.
A's No. 2 prospect Michael Choice slugged his fifth homer for Phoenix to tie Robbie Grossman for the league lead. Blue Jays farmhand Kevin Ahrens plated three runs for the Desert Dogs.
Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley (0-1) was tagged with the loss after surrendering two runs on one hit in two innings out of the Phoenix bullpen.
Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.