Dogs dominate thanks to Stevenson's career day

Nationals' No. 8 prospect drives in five runs in 7-1 win for Desert

Dogs dominate thanks to Stevenson's career day

MESA, Ariz. -- Andrew Stevenson isn't known as a power hitter or a run producer, although one would never guess that based on his performance Wednesday.

The Nationals' No. 8 prospect connected on a two-run home run and tallied five RBIs, his highest single-game total as a professional, to pace the Desert Dogs in a 7-1 win over Mesa at Sloan Park.

Batting second in the lineup for Glendale, Stevenson provided his club with an early 2-0 lead as he deposited a 90-mph fastball from Mesa starter Duane Underwood Jr. over the wall in right field in the top of the first inning.

"First at-bat I'm not trying to do too much, but I got a good pitch and put a good swing on it," Stevenson said. "I don't really have the kind of power to know that it was a no-doubter, but, from my personal experience, I felt that it was going to be one."


Stevenson, 22, hit a total of three home runs during the regular season in 133 games between Class A Advanced Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. Overall, he finished his first full professional season with a .276/.332/.374 batting line, 36 extra-base hits and 39 stolen bases.

Stevenson came up big for the Desert Dogs again in his second at-bat in the top of the third inning, this time hitting a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Ramon Laureano, who had reached on an RBI triple to center field. Stevenson struck out in his next two trips to the plate before putting a bow on his afternoon with a two-out, two-run single to right field in the top of the ninth inning, capping a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

"I honestly don't know the last time or if I've ever had five RBIs in a game," he said. "Probably not since I was little. It's just one of those things."

Laureano, an Astros farmhand, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, ultimately finishing a home run short of hitting for the cycle, while No. 80 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 2) recorded a pair of walks and scored two runs.

Glendale starting pitcher Austin Gomber was sharp in his Fall League debut, as he yielded just one hit in three scoreless innings to record the win. The Cardinals' No. 19 prospect issued two walks and struck out five while throwing 28 of his 49 pitches for strikes.

For a Mesa lineup that started four Top 100 prospects in Eloy Jimenez, Ian Happ, Franklin Barreto and Bradley Zimmer, the Solar Sox were able to muster just one run on six hits. Jimenez, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, was the only Mesa player to collect multiple hits, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Happ's (Cubs' No. 1) sixth-inning double represented the club's lone extra-base hit in the contest.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.