On a day in which there were many offensive stars, Albert Almora stole the show.Cubs center field prospect was hotter on Wednesday than the midday sun under which he played, going 4-for-5 with a double and a home run to pace his Desert Dogs squad during their 13-run offensive outburst. Not to be outdone was his Cubs teammate Kris Bryant, who also connected on his first home run of the fall. Both bombs were hit off of Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen, who had a forgettable day, allowing seven runs in two innings while walking three and failing to strike a batter out. On the flip side, Solar Sox starter Sammy Solis, a Nationals prospect, was very effective, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
Not wanting to share his spotlight from Tuesday's opener, Mitch Haniger collected three more hits, as the Brewers outfielder kept his batting average over .500 on the brief season. Haniger had a double among his three hits, but the real power was supplied by Orioles catcher Michael Ohlman, who connected on a double and a home run, continuing to build on his breakout summer.
The late game saw another lop-sided affair and a big-time offensive performance from a number of Salt River Rafters. Cardinals outfield prospect James Ramsey led the way, going 2-for-5 with his first home run of the fall, and Blue Jays infield prospect Andy Burns added three hits of his own out of the two-hole. The Scorpions could muster just five hits, thanks in large part to five scoreless innings form Rays lefty Grayson Garvin, who struck out five in the outing.