Mesa's Raynor wins opener in extras

Mesa's Raynor wins opener in extras

John Raynor singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Casper Wells hit a two-run homer as the Mesa Solar Sox edged the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 3-2, in their Arizona Fall League opener on Tuesday.

Steve Clevenger walked to lead off the decisive frame, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Darwin Barney and took third on a wild pitch before Raynor plated him with his second base hit of the day. The Marlins' outfield prospect was a Southern League All-Star for the Double-A Carolina Mudcats after hitting .312 with 13 homers, 29 doubles, 104 runs scored and 51 RBIs in 126 games.

Wells (Tigers) stroked a two-run homer in the opening frame off Diamondbacks' prospect Max Scherzer. The 23-year-old left fielder split the regular season between the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League and the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, hitting .269 with 27 homers and 79 RBIs in 125 games. He was named the Topps Eastern League Player of the Month for August after hitting .345 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs in 28 games.

Braves prospects Tommy Hanson and Deunte Heath each tossed two scoreless innings and Tigers farmhand Casey Fien (1-0) struck out four in two shutout frames for the win.

Scherzer, who had a 3.05 ERA and struck out 66 in 56 innings for the Diamondbacks during the regular season, went seven innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on four hits while striking out four. Diamondbacks farmhand Hector Ambriz (0-1) yielded one run on one hit and a walk while recording four outs.

Rusty Ryal hit a two-RBI triple and fellow Diamondbacks prospect Evan Frey went 2-for-4 and scored twice for Phoenix (0-1).

Steve Conley is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.