11/03/11 7:47 PM ET
Hicks clears bases to help Solar Sox to win
Top Twins prospect delivers in sixth as Mesa holds off Phoenix
By Andrew Pentis / Special to MLB.com
Minnesota's top prospect smacked a three-RBI triple as part of the Mesa Solar Sox's five-run sixth inning and eventual 8-7 victory over the visiting Phoenix Desert Dogs on Thursday afternoon.
Mesa collected six hits in the eventful frame to break a 2-2 tie. Brian Ward (Orioles) and Xavier Avery (Orioles) each recorded an RBI hit, and in between, Hicks emptied the bases on a 1-2 pitch by Phoenix reliever Dan Burawa (Yankees).
It has been a streaky Fall League season for Hicks thus far. The center fielder had gone 0-for-4 at the plate in consecutive games entering Thursday, but preceded that with a 7-for-11 stretch over three games.
Hicks, the 14th overall Draftee in 2008, is batting .243 overall in the AFL. He hit .242 with 41 extra-base hits in 122 games at Class A Advanced Fort Myers.
Solar Sox pitching yielded only a harmless hit 5 2/3 frames through the game. Starter Cole DeVries (Twins) completed three no-hit innings. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked two.
Reliever Casey Lambert (Orioles) allowed a single to Corban Joseph (Yankees) in the fourth before Brett Jacobson (Twins) pitched 1 2/3 perfect frames. Jacobson left with the bases empty and two outs in the sixth, but Nathan Baker (Pirates) yielded three straight knocks-- a double by Brodie Greene (Reds) and RBI singles by A's prospects Grant Green and Michael Choice.
The Dogs added three runs over the seventh and eighth frames. No. 7 Blue Jays prospect Adeiny Hechavarria smacked his first AFL homer, a two-run shot that plated Cody Puckett (Reds).
Green drew a walk and Choice was hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth, bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate, and Kevin Ahrens (Blue Jays) came through. Ahrens doubled home both Oakland prospects to tie the game, 7-7.
But Brian Dozier (Twins) led off the bottom half of the ninth with a walk and scored immediately on a double into center field by Junior Lake off of Dogs reliever Preston Claiborne (Yankees), whose record dropped to 0-2. Lake finished with a game-high three hits in five at-bats.
Andrew Pentis is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.