Krauss plates seven runs in Scorpions' win
Former second-rounder slugs grand slam in Scottsdale comeback
With the national media coverage of Bryce Harper just starting to ebb, Scottsdale Scorpions teammate Marc Krauss gave everyone something else to talk about.
Krauss slugged his first professional grand slam -- and the first in the Arizona Fall League this year -- and plated a career-high seven runs Friday as the Scorpions rallied to beat the Peoria Javelinas, 12-4.
"It felt pretty good and it's nice to drive some runs in," Krauss said. "It's a great feeling to help the team out. I don't even know if that [seven RBIs] has ever happened, to be honest. But I'll definitely remember this now."
Selected 64th overall by the D-backs in the 2009 Draft, Krauss ripped a bases-clearing double on the first pitch he saw from Daniel Turpen (Red Sox) in the fifth inning to forge a 4-4 tie.
"I was just trying to be aggressive," he said. "I didn't want to fall behind and get a strikeout and then see the next guy ground into a double play or anything, so I was just trying to put the ball in the air and get a sacrifice fly and move the men around."
The 23-year-old outfielder came to the plate with the bases full again in the eighth and got a little more of a 2-1 offering from Matt Daly (Blue Jays), sending it over the right-field fence.
"I didn't want to hit anything on the ground. The infield was in, trying to save a run, so I didn't want to hit into that situation," Krauss said. "I wanted to get it in the air and get that guy in from third, at least. I didn't know if it was going out, but it ended up carrying and I hit it to the right part of the park."
After batting .302 with 25 homers and 87 RBIs in the California League this season, Krauss leads the Fall League with 12 RBIs in seven games.
"It's pretty easy to hit when you have the bases loaded, not to mention when the guy behind you is hitting .600," he said, referring to AFL batting leader Charlie Culberson. "I know I'm going to get pitches to hit. A lot of the credit goes to the guys who get on base in front of me."
The arrival of Harper, who made his AFL debut on Wednesday night, has helped Krauss focus on his own game a little more.
"We all knew it was going to be a little bit different when Bryce showed up," he said, "but he's a good kid and it's been fun seeing all of the media attention he gets.
"It helps you put things in perspective and it allows you to work on your own game and try to put all of the other things out of the window and focus on getting better yourself. It's not been a distraction at all. He's handled it well and we've all done a good job of rolling along and not worring about it too much."
Culberson reclaimed the top spot in the batting race by going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Fellow Giants prospect Conor Gillaspie contributed two hits for Scottsdale (7-3).
Cardinals farmhand Bryan Woodall (1-0) got the win, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Sammy Solis (Nationals).
Turpen (0-1) was charged with five runs -- three earned -- on five hits and a walk in one inning. starter Marc Rzepczynski (Blue Jays) limited the Scorpions to an unearned run on six hits in four frames.
Mariners prospect Nate Tenbrink went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Peoria (4-5).
Ashley Marshall is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.