Scorpions win two, lose Leaper
Hours after having their most reliable reliever's contract purchased by a Major League Baseball organization, the Yuma Scorpions took the first game of a doubleheader against Chico on Thursday in Redding, Calif.
The second game's results were not available at presstime.
In the first game, Yuma scored two runs in the first, third and fourth innings in support of Andrew Romo (4-5), who pitched a five-hit complete game while striking out nine to win his second straight start.
Avila added three more hits, scored and drove in a run. J.J. Muse hit his fourth home run of the year for the Scorpions.
The win was the second in a row for Yuma (30-34), which topped the Outlaws (26-37) 4-2 late Wednesday night. All four Yuma runs came in the third. After Gerardo Avila hit a two-run double, Zach Larsen hit his third home run of the year, providing enough for Eric Stolp (4-3) to get the win, his first since July 13.
Thursday's win came on the heals of Oakland purchasing the contract of J.J. Leaper. He is the 16th Scorpion to have his contract purchased by a major league team.
After the New York Mets drafted him in the 38th Round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft, Leaper spent time in both the Mets and Royals organizations, and reached the Class A level before joining the Yuma Scorpions in 2011. He played a total of 31 games in the minors with the Brooklyn Cyclones, St. Lucie Mets, and Burlington Royals.