It was another rough week for the Peoria Javelinas, the Arizona Fall League team that comprises players from the KC Royals organization. They went 2-4 and are now 5-11 overall, still in last place in the West Division.
The Javelinas kicked off last week with a win on Monday to end their four-game losing skid. Jason Adam got the start on Monday and was very impressive. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out four and threw 41 of his 64 pitches for strikes. However, he could not keep the solid starts going, as he was bombed on Saturday. Peoria lost 20-0. Adam allowed six runs on seven hits (two home runs) and a walk over four innings. He struck out three and threw 42 of his 62 pitches for strikes. He did throw two wild pitches.
Adam had three Royals behind him on defense on Monday and they were the bottom three in the Javelinas order. Cheslor Cuthbert started at third base and batted seventh. He went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. He also walked. Jorge Bonifacio played right field and batted eighth. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He was hit by a pitch. Orlando Calixte played second base (which he did all week) and batted ninth. He went 1-for-4 with a two out RBI and a strikeout.
Cuthbert played just once more last week. He went 0-for-4 on Thursday while batting fourth (and playing third base).
Bonifacio played three days in a row, but was replaced on defense on Wednesday (no word on if he is injured or not). Tuesday was one of his best days at the plate so far in the AFL. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He did strike out.
Calixte played two more times last week. He batted second in both of those games. Overall last week, he went 2-for-12 with three strikeouts and a stolen base. He also grounded into a double play on Saturday.
Lane Adams had a busy week, playing the final five games for Peoria. However, he picked up just one hit (1-for-18). He also struck out seven times. Adams played centerfield twice (Tuesday and Thursday) and right field the rest. He was Bonifacio‘s replacement on Wednesday. On another negative note, Adams committed three errors in a span of two games.
Angel Baez pitched in relief twice for the Javelinas. He picked up his first hold of the AFL season on Tuesday, though he allowed two runs on four hits over two innings. He did strike out four, but threw three wild pitches (41 pitches, 27 strikes). Baez‘ second outing came on the 25th and he walked three over 1.2 scoreless innings. He struck out three, but need 40 pitches (20 for strikes).
Noel Arguelles and Malcom Culver both made two appearances last week in the same games (October 23rd and 26th). On Wednesday, Arguelles allowed one of his two inherited runners to score over 1.2 innings. He allowed one hit while striking out two (25 pitches, 15 strikes). He had a rough outing on Saturday, much like everyone who pitched that day (losing 20-0 will do that). Arguelles allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over one inning. He threw just nine of his 24 pitches for strikes.
Culver allowed one hit in his one inning of work on Wednesday (20 pitches, 13 strikes). On Saturday, he allowed two runs on three hits in his one inning of work. He threw 14 of his 24 pitches for strikes.
The Javelinas will look to get back into the winning way on Monday when they travel to Scottsdale, as they sit five games back of first place.