Javelinas fall despite Rays' No. 2 working on scoreless streak
By Trisha Garcia
MESA, Ariz. -- Tampa Bay Rays No. 2 prospect Brent Honeywell put up his second straight strong pitching outing in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday after a tough beginning to his time with the Peoria Javelinas.
Honeywell held his opponents scoreless for the second start in a row. He faced 11 Mesa Solar Sox over three innings, giving up three hits, walking none and striking out three batters, following four shutout innings against the Salt River Rafters on Monday.
"I just try to keep our guys in the game," Honeywell said. "I did the best I could, we didn't need that run to score in the first, I just tried to limit the damage, and the same thing happened in the second inning."
While Honeywell owned a 2.35 ERA in the regular season with Class-A Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, his Fall League ERA was 8.64 prior to Saturday's start. In his first two outings, he gave up eight earned runs over 4.1 innings.
"Some days you got it, some days you don't," Honeywell said. "Free passes happen. I did my best to limit free passes, but some days it just doesn't go as completely planned."
When Honeywell left the game, the Javelinas led 1-0, but the Solar Sox scored four runs against the Peoria bullpen, and Mesa would win, 4-3.
The big bat for the Solar Sox was Indians' No. 19 prospect Greg Allen, who hit a game-tying solo home run off Reds' prospect Evan Mitchell in the fifth inning.
"Whenever you can come in on the winning side of things is a good thing," Allen said. "We've been able to close games out late and we're hoping to keep it going."
"It's a great feeling whenever you can help your team out like that," Allen said. "But, more than anything you're just trying to put good at-bats and good plate appearances together."
Formerly of the Double-A Akron Rubberducks and Class-A Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats, Allen had two of Mesa's nine hits.
Peoria also had nine hits, scoring three runs early, but it could not answer bullpen appearances by Indians prospect Trevor Frank, Cubs prospect Steve Perakslis and Blue Jays prospect Matt Dermody.
"Our pitching staff did a great job today of holding them down, they had some big zeros up there for us late, so that was huge," Allen said. "(Peoria) battled back well today. I think we're fortunate to come away with the win."
Frank and Perakslis combined for 21 pitches to shut down the sixth and seventh innings, followed by two scoreless innings from Dermody, who earned the win.
Mesa (10-7) and Peoria (10-5-2) lead their respective divisions in the Arizona Fall League and won't face each other again until Nov. 9 at Sloan Park.
Trisha Garcia is a sports journalism graduate student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @trishaanicole. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.