10/08/08 6:21 PM ET
Baxter drives Saguaros past Scorpions
Padres prospect goes 3-for-3 with four RBIs
By John Torenli / Special to MLB.com
The San Diego outfield prospect had a perfect day, going 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs to lead the unbeaten Saguaros past the Scottsdale Scorpions, 10-7, on Wednesday.
Baxter, who batted .264 with nine homers and 65 RBIs between Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio this year, didn't see any action in the Saguaros' season-opening 9-3 victory over the Scorpions on Tuesday.
"It was good to start playing again," said Baxter, who hadn't faced live pitching since the Missions were swept out of the Texas League playoffs by the Frisco RoughRiders on Sept. 6. "I only get to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so getting at-bats is always good."
The Padres' fourth-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft made up for lost time in a hurry. He lifted a sacrifice fly to spark a five-run second inning, drilled his first double of the fall in the third, slapped an RBI single in the fifth and capped a decisive four-run rally in the eighth with a two-RBI base hit.
"The more at-bats you get, the better discipline you develop," Baxter said. "I also really want to do some work in the outfield and become more of a well-rounded player."
The Saguaros (2-0) were down, 7-6, entering the eighth before taking advantage of one of four errors committed by the Scorpions (0-2).
Sean Kazmar (Padres) and Stefan Gartrell (White Sox) began the inning with back-to-back singles before Red Sox prospect Beau Vaughan (0-1) committed a throwing error after fielding a grounder by Tyler Greene (Cardinals) to plate Kazmar with the tying run and put runners at second and third.
Brett Wallace was hit by a pitch before fellow St. Louis prospect Steven Hill put Peoria ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly. Bill Rhinehart (Nationals) struck out and Gordon Beckham (White Sox) walked before Baxter singled to center to cap the scoring.
"That inning just kind of kept going along and it was nice to get a few insurance runs and a pretty good win," Baxter added.
White Sox prospect Carlos Torres (1-0) picked up the win after allowing a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings before Greg Burke (Padres) worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his first save.
Giants second-base prospect Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Josh Reddick (Red Sox) collected two hits, including a solo homer, his first of the fall.
Vaughan was reached for three runs -- one earned -- on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in one inning. Scottsdale starter Jared Hughes (Pirates) surrendered five runs -- three earned -- on two hits and a walk with one strikeout over 1 1/3 frames.
John Torenli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.