A's prospect Powell goes yard, backs Cubs' hurler Edwards

Mesa gets back on track in Fall League action behind long ball, solid mound effort

A's prospect Powell goes yard, backs Cubs' hurler Edwards

SURPRISE -- After dropping each of their past two Arizona Fall League games, the Mesa Solar Sox are back in the win column following a 5-2 victory over the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday.

The Solar Sox, who have won both matchups against the Javelinas this season, powered their way to victory with four extra-base hits.

Mesa center fielder Boog Powell, the No. 20 prospect in the Oakland Athletics system according to MLBpipeline.com, highlighted the offense with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh off Brandon Cunniff.

"It was a 2-2 count and I was just trying to go the other way," Powell said. "He was throwing pretty hard. I got a fastball up and in, extended my hands and it worked well for me."

Powell was selected in the 20th round of the 2012 Draft and hit .343 in 83 games between Class A Beloit and Class A Advanced Stockton.

During the 2014 season, Powell also had an on-base percentage of .451, so it's no surprise to see him atop the Mesa lineup and getting on base. Powell is hitting .353 with a .421 OBP through five games in the AFL.

The homer was Powell's second in three days, which was a bit of a shock as Powell hit just three homers all season.

"It's amazing," Powell said. "I'm not trying to hit home runs. I never try to hit home runs. I just try to get on-base for the 2-3-4 guys and I've just ran into both of them."

Powell's homer provided the Solar Sox with three crucial runs, but Angels prospect Cal Towey and Cubs prospect Addison Russell also contributed with back-to-back RBI doubles in the second.

While the Solar Sox were hitting for extra bases, Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards was shutting down the Javelinas -- who have now lost four straight, although their game on Monday was suspended after 11 innings.

"It was pretty good," Edwards, the No. 53 prospect on MLBpipeline.com, said about his start. "I went in today just focused on throwing strikes, trying to get ahead and stay ahead."

Edwards allowed one hit in three shutout innings against a Peoria team that began the game without having scored in 19 consecutive innings.

Peoria ultimately scratched across a run in the fifth, ending their scoreless drought at 23 innings.

As in all AFL games this season, new pace of play rules are being monitored.

There was no pitch clock in Surprise on Wednesday, but the other time-saving rules were in place and the game was officially completed in two hours and 36 minutes.

While the pace of play has impacted some, Edwards has been unfazed.

"I'm always working fast," Edwards said. "I try to get in, get out and get my team in to hit. I try to keep my defense on their toes, not on their heels.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.