Royals AFL October 18th Recap


Peoria won for the first time in eight games, as they came back to beat visiting Scottsdale, 4-3 in 11 innings. It was the Javelinas second straight 11 inning game and third in the last week.

The Javelinas tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a two out solo home run from Kes Carter (Tampa Bay). They won the game in the bottom of the 11th on back-to-back one out doubles, with Cleveland outfielder Jordan Smith‘s driving in the winning run.

There was a bit of a scare after one inning for Peoria and the KC Royals, as starter Kyle Zimmer was pulled after that one inning. He only walked one, but threw 21 pitches (12 strikes). Following the game, manager Vance Wilson said it was his decision to pull Zimmer because he “looked tight” and “didn’t want to take any chances” (via Bernie Pleskoff). Fingers crossed that Zimmer is not hurt again.

Ali Williams got a chance to pitch in relief and despite striking out the side in the seventh, he also allowed two hits, a walk, and an unearned run. The run scored on Cleveland catcher Tony Wolters‘ throwing error on a stolen base (after a strikeout).

Raul Mondesi was back at shortstop and the seventh spot in the Peoria order. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Peoria kicks off Week 3 in the Arizona Fall League on Monday with a home game against Salt River.