10/17/11 7:00 PM ET
Hechavarria's three triples pace Desert Dogs
Shortstop sets probable AFL record to halt Phoenix's losing streak
By John Parker / Special to MLB.com
With his Desert Dogs mired in an eight-game losing streak, the Cuban-born shortstop picked a fine time to break out, going 4-for-4 with a league-record three triples and four RBIs as Phoenix topped host Scottsdale, 7-4.
Batting ninth in the Desert Dogs order, the first at-bat for Toronto's No. 7 prospect came with the bases loaded and one out in the second. He sent a 1-1 pitch into the gap in right-center field that deflected off the glove of Scorpions center fielder Tyson Gillies (Phillies). By the time right fielder Bryce Harper (Nationals) retrieved the ball, Hechavarria was on third and Phoenix had a 3-0 lead.
Hechavarria singled in the fourth and followed a solo shot by Corban Joseph (Yankees) in the sixth with his second triple of the game.
He smacked his third three-bagger with two outs in the eighth, driving in catcher Roberto Perez (Indians) from first.
Not only had the 22-year-old never collected three triples in a game before, but it is thought to be a first in the 20-year history of the Arizona Fall League.
"I've never had a game like that before," Hechavarria said. "It feels really good to go 4-for-4, especially after getting off to a slow start. I was trying to relax and be more myself at the plate and it worked out well."
Phoenix center fielder Grant Green (A's) went 3-for-5 with a triple of his own and scored twice. The former first-round pick has hits in eight of nine games this fall.
Scottsdale shortstop Jean Segura (Angels), also batting ninth, led the Scorpions attack with a double, a single and three RBIs. He's batting .381 over seven contests.
Phoenix starter T.J. McFarland (Indians) improved to 2-0 after allowing one run on three hits and a pair of walks over three frames. Reds relief prospect Brad Boxberger tossed a perfect ninth for his second save.
Tyler Cloyd (Phillies) fell to 0-2 with the roughest of his three AFL starts. He surrendered five runs on six hits and a walk while fanning six over four innings. The loss was the sixth in a row for the defending-champion Scorpions, who dropped into last place with a 3-8 mark.
The two teams will go at it again Tuesday night, this time in Phoenix.
John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.