Romine leads Desert Dogs to victory

Romine leads Desert Dogs to victory

Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine collected three hits, including a double, and two RBIs to lead his Phoenix Desert Dogs past the Scottsdale Scorpions, 5-1, on Thursday.

With two Arizona Fall League games under his belt this season, the 22-year-old is hitting .444. He only appeared in four AFL games last year due to a minor injury.

Romine singled in the first and third and plated two with his double in the seventh. He went 1-for-4 in his season debut Tuesday.

The former second-rounder also backstopped six Phoenix pitchers, holding Scottsdale to seven hits. Travis Banwart (Athletics) scattered four hits and struck out three over three scoreless innings for his first win of the fledgling season.

Craig Heyer (Yankees) followed with two perfect frames, Scott Elbert (Dodgers) walked three but didn't allow a run in his inning, Kris Harvey (Marlins) gave up the lone Scorpions run on one hit on eone frame and Ryan Pope (Yankees) and Steve Cishek (Marlins) allowed a hit and struck out one apiece while closing out the game.

Stephen Parker (A's), Brandon Laird (Yankees) and Grant Green (A's) each had two hits in the victory. Green tripled, scored a run and plated another with a single and Laird also scored once.

Greg Reynolds (Rockies) allowed a run on four hits over three frames to suffer the loss.

Brandon Belt (Giants) and Greg Miclat (Orioles) both doubled and singled, the only players to get multiple hits for the Scorpions.