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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    10/24: Mesa scores six in the fourth inning and hangs on, 6-5. Chris Denorfia was 0-for-4 and Ryan Hanigan 1-for-4 with another passed ball, but Kevin Howard ripped three more hits, all singles, and drove in a pair.

    10/25: In a doubleheader, the Solar Sox take game 1 7-5 but drop the nightcap, 12-6. Allan Simpson ran his record to 3-0 with two shutout innings (two hits, two Ks). Denorfia was 1-for-2 with a double, run scored, RBI, and a pair of walks, but was also caught stealing and picked off. Howard was 1-for-3 with a double. Joey Votto got his bat going in the nightcap, smacking a single and double in three trips with a pair of RBI. Bubba Nelson was beaten around for five hits and three earned runs, despite five strikeouts, in two relief innings.

    Denorfia: .302/.413/.453, 53 AB, 6 2B, 11 RBI
    Howard: .357/.426/.571, 42 AB, 2 HR, 5 BB, 4 K, 3 E
    Votto: .176/.222/.235, 17 AB, 4 BB, 1 K
    Simpson: 3-0, 0.00, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K
    Nelson: 1-1, 5.91, 10.2 IP, 5 BB, 9 K
    Hudson: 0-1, 5.84, 12.1 IP, 17 H, 3 BB, 14 K

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    10/26: Kevin Howard? On fire.

    Kev was 4-for-4 in Mesa's 8-5 win today, pulling a solo homer to right and singling three times and stealing a base. He's now batting .413 in 46 official PAs. Chris Denorfia hit his first homer as well (and committed a third error). Ryan Hanigan singled in three trips and stole a base.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    10/27: Mesa falls, 8-3.

    Howard: 0-2, BB (.396)

    That's it.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    10/28:

    An all-Reds afternoon on the Mesan pitching mound! And happily, Mesa picks up the 5-2 win. Luke Hudson starts and gives up seven hits and two earned runs in four innings (including a homer to Mets five-tool phenom Lastings Milledge). Allan Simpson allows just one hit and one walk in three scoreless frames, then Bubba Nelson comes on to retire the last six without allowing a hit (just two walks).

    For this, Simpson runs his record to 4-0 (now no ER in 10.2 IP) and Nelson notches the save. Chris Denorfia singles and walks in four plate appearances (.295), while DH Kevin Howard is 0-for-2 with a walk, a sacrifice, and a GIDP. (.380) Ryan Hanigan was 0-for-1.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

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    By Ben Hill / Special to MLB.com

    Kevin Howard came up big for the Arizona Fall League's Mesa Solar Sox this past week. On Monday, he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored as Mesa edged the Peoria Saguaros, 6-5.

    The 24-year-old infielder was even better on Wednesday, driving a homer and three singles in a 4-for-4 effort as the Solar Sox topped the Peoria Javelinas, 8-5.

    Howard and six other Reds prospects are continuing their 2005 campaigns with Mesa. Here's how they fared during the week ending Oct. 27:

    OF Chris Denorfia: One of Denorfia's four hits last week was his first homer of the AFL season, complementing the 20 he collected with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville in 2005.

    C Ryan Hanigan: The 25-year-old backstop delivered two hits in seven at-bats, and even picked up a stolen base on Wednesday against the Javelinas.

    Howard: The red-hot Howard collected nine hits in 19 at-bats to raise his average to a team-leading .396. He has hit safely in 12 of 15 games this season.

    RHP Luke Hudson: Hudson turned in a solid start on Saturday, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings while striking out six.

    RHP Bubba Nelson: The 24-year-old right-hander struggled through a rough relief outing on Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits in just two innings, raising his ERA to 5.91.

    RHP Allan Simpson: Simpson tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday and two more on Tuesday to run his streak to 7 2/3 frames on the season.

    3B Joey Votto: Votto had a breakout game on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. It was first extra-base hit and first RBI of the AFL season for the 21-year-old infielder.

    Ben Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    10/29: The Cubs' Angel Guzman, returning from a messy 2005, threw five no-hit innings. Mesa still lost to Surprise, 4-2.

    Chris Denorfia was two for four with a single, triple, caught-stealing, and run scored. Joey Votto was one for four with a single. Ryan Hanigan singled in a run and walked in three trips.

    The Solar Sox now stand at 10-12 with ten games to play.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    10/31: Bubba Nelson blows the save by serving up four hits to the four batters he faced, including a homer to Houston's Josh Anderson (who hit one all season in the Texas League), but Mesa wins anyway, 3-2.

    Kevin Howard started the game-winning rally with a walk in the seventh. He finished one for three with two runs scored.

    Bubba's ERA is now 6.39.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    11/1: With Chris Denorfia's second homer their only run, the Solar Sox and Grand Canyon are rocking a 1-1 tie in extra innings.

    Denorfia has also walked twice. Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-4 with two GIDPs. Kevin Howard, cooling off rapidly, is 1-for-4 with a sacrifice and a strikeout.

    Allan Simpson continues to pitch well, maintaining his perfect ERA with 2.1 innings of shutout ball. He walked nobody, struck out three, and allowed two hits. While he's several years older than many of these players and should be pitching well, thirteen consecutive scoreless innings is still pretty darn good.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    11/2: Yesterday's game ended in a 12-inning tie.

    Today, Mesa got three hits and three RBI from San Francisco's Kevin Frandsen in an 8-4 win. Chris Denorfia also smacked three hits and drove in a pair of runs. Joey Votto singled in four trips and scored a run.

    Despite a record of just 12-12, Mesa has grabbed their division lead by a half-game with seven to play.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    Eyewitness action sums up the 11/3 contest better than I could have.

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40876

    PS: Mesa fell, 9-4. Surprise regains first place.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    11/4: Allan Simpson allows his first earned run of the AFL season (ERA: 0.63). Unfortunately, it's the deciding tally in eleven innings. Phoenix wins, 3-2.

    Simpson allowed an RBI single to James Loney. While he walked two and uncorked a wild pitch in 1.1 innings, one was intentional. He also struck out three.

    Chris Denorfia was 1-for-5 with an RBI single and caught-stealing; Kevin Howard fired it back up again with three hits in five ABs, two singles and a double.

    Luke Hudson had his best pitching performance yet, allowing four hits and two earned runs in six innings, walking one and striking out four. Ten of thirteen batters to put the ball in play lofted fly balls, however.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    11/5: Mesa is outslugged by the Peoria Javelinas, 10-6.

    Kevin Howard raised his average to .380 with a pair of singles in four trips (and his error total to four). Joey Votto earned himself a golden sombrero by fanning four times consecutively. He still has only seven Ks in thirty plate appearances.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    11/6: Mesa cruised to a 17-1 swamping of Phoenix today.

    Chris Denorfia ripped a two-run homer, his third, in the second inning as well as a ground-rule double and single in six at-bats. Kevin Howard hit three consecutive RBI singles before grounding out in his final PA.

    The Solar Sox are 13-15 and two and a half out with three to play.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    ANYWAY,

    11/8: Mesa and Grand Canyon are deadlocked at 5-5. Chris Denorfia's three-run triple capped a five-run fourth that also included a Kevin Howard RBI knock. Denorfia is actually two for four and Howard three for three with a walk (now hitting .423, which leads the league). Kev also has his fifth error.

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    Re: Arizona Fall League Report 10/4 - Nelson, Denorfia & Howard in action

    Meanwhile back at the AFL Kevin Howard is raking.
    I know it's a hitter's league, but I'm starting to think Howard may have what it takes to be an above average offensive second baseman (admittedly, the D probably will be subpar). Why not see what the guy's got this year? At least as an infield reserve/lefty bat of the bench. He'll be turning 25 at midseason.
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