Blue Jays' prospect Ochinko drives in five runs in AFL

Toronto's catcher homers in eighth to put Mesa ahead of Surprise

Blue Jays' prospect Ochinko drives in five runs in AFL

MESA -- With rosters comprised of players from multiple organizations, it's not always easy for teams to bond in the short season that is the Arizona Fall League.

However, after a 5-3 victory over Surprise on Friday, the Mesa Solar Sox have won three in a row and are starting to hit their stride.

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"Everyone's getting comfortable with each other," Solar Sox catcher Sean Ochinko said. "It's a bunch of guys coming together. Everyone's from different teams, so it takes us a little while to get comfortable, learn guys roles and know who everybody is, but it seems like everything's going well at this point."

Things may be going well for the Solar Sox, but they're going exceptionally well for Ochinko.

The Blue Jays prospect went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs on Friday and is now hitting .438 in the Arizona Fall League.

"That's how it goes sometimes," Ochinko said. "You try to prepare the same way every day. Some days you go 0-for-4 and other days you have good results. I'm just happy to help us win today."

Ochinko hit just .213 this season, but only played in 24 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo.

However, since arriving in Arizona, all he's done is hit.

Following Friday's game, Ochinko now has a hit in four straight games and has also notched three consecutive multi-hit games.

The Solar Sox found themselves in an early hole after Surprise hit back-to-back homers in the second.

Mariners prospect D.J. Peterson, the No. 49 prospect on, began the scoring with a solo homer to left and his teammate Seth Mejias-Brean, a Reds prospect, followed up with a solo shot of his own.

The Saguaros extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth, but in the sixth Ochinko came up with two on and two outs and lined a double into center.

Two innings later, Ochinko also came up with two on and two outs, but this time he took a middle-in fastball and drilled it over the left field wall for a three-run homer that ultimately proved to be the difference.

Ockinko capitalized on the Saguaros pitching late in the game, but in the first few frames it was a different story.

Rangers prospect Lisalverto Bonilla had a rough introduction to the Fall League, allowing three earned runs in three innings earlier this season. But on Friday, he bounced back.

Bonilla started for the Saguaros and allowed one hit over four shutout innings. The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first via a ground-ball double play, then proceeded to retire eight of the next 10 batters he faced to finish the outing.

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