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Foreign Winter Lines #1

We finally get some red meat thrown at us in the form of game #1 for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the AZ Fall League. Only Adalberto Mejia (in relief) and Susac (starting catcher - played entire game) got in the game for the Giants. The Scorpions mounted a late-inning comeback, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning, to win the game by 1 run.

A. Susac ( C ): 1-3, 1B=1, BB=1, K=1, RBI=1, Er=1 (on throw to 3B), SB%=25% (1 of 4)
A. Mejia: IP=2, H=2, R=3, ER=3, K=1, BB=2, BF=8, P/K= 32/17

Susac had trouble throwing out base-stealers, though it seems that much if it can be laid at the feet of Jameson Taillon. Taillon didn't do much to keep the runners close and all 3 successful stolen base attempts against Susac occurred while Taillon was on the mound and every base runner that Taillon allowed on attempted to steal as soon as he got to a new base. Taillon only attempted 1 pickoff in his 2 innings of work even though he gave up 3 SBs. Mejia paid close attention to his base runners and Susac threw out the 1 runner that attempted to steal 3B against him in the 3rd inning "by a wide margin". That was the last attempted steal of the night. At the plate, Susac showed a good eye and good patience. He faced 17 pitches from 4 different pitchers in his 4 PAs. He worked a BB on a 3-1 count in his first PA, popped up to 2B in his 2nd PA (on a 1-0 count), hit a hard line-drive single to CF (on a 3-2 count) with 2 outs to drive in a run, and then struck out swinging against Marcus Stroman (on a 2-2 count).

Mejia had trouble finding the plate with his pitches to start his short night. 11 of his first 17 pitches (to the first 4 batters that he faced) were balls. Not only did he walk 2 of the first 3 hitters that he faced, but he fell behind against his 4th hitter, Kyle Parker, 2-0 with runners on 1B + 2B and 2 outs and ended up grooving his next pitch to Parker that left the yard for a 3-run HR. Mejia is a distinct flyball pitcher, so the HR was not as concerning to me as was his lack of control. I'll chalk it up to nerves and rust, because after the HR Mejia settled down and was rock-solid. He retired the next 4 hitters that he faced (his last 4 of the night) on only 16 pitches - 12 of which were strikes. The 4 outs included 2 IF groundouts, 1 IF foul popup and a called strikeout.

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