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AFL & Winter League Week 2 Update: Rough Week for Solar Sox

Mesa loses all 6 games, while hurlers Chris Reed, Andres Santiago, and Red Patterson all get roughed up

Dee  Gordon is playing for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League
Dee Gordon is playing for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League
Kevork Djansezian

After ending last week tied for first place, the Solar Sox now find themselves in the cellar after dropping all 6 of their games this week. None of the games were really even close as Mesa lost every contest by at least two runs, and in the second half of the week they were outscored 19 to 34.

The Dodger pitching prospects had it especially rough week, starting with lefty Chris Reed who got blasted for 5 runs last Monday, then allowed a couple more unearned runs to score his next time out. Andres Santiago walked 5 and gave up 3 runs in his only outing of the week, and Red Patterson permitted the first two runs of his season via 5 hits on Friday.

On the AFL offensive front things were slightly more positive as Joc Pederson collected the first two hits of his campaign and Rafael Ynoa extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Unfortunately Pederson is still hitting just .083 for the season and the 25 year old Ynoa actually just had 4 singles and a triple for the week. The only other Dodger hitter on the team, Griff Erickson, went 3 for 7 this past week with a walk.

There isn't a ton to report in the other winter league action, but I'll touch on the significant names playing elsewhere. Dee Gordon had a big game last week in which he went 4 for 6, and in 25 at bats he is hitting .320 with a pair of stolen bases. Fellow big leaguer Tim Federowicz hasn't been as successful as he has just 1 single in 12 at bats with 7 K's, and neither has Scott Van Slyke as he's batting .222 (albeit with 2 homers in 27 at bats).

The list of pitchers participating in the off-season leagues outside of the AFL is rather unimpressive, so I'll simply link to the Winter League stats page for reference. Keep in mind that it only seems to update every few days, so the stats there might be slightly outdated.

Coming up: Mesa plays Salt River in the evening game on Monday, although the starters haven't announced yet. The bigger question is if Onelki Garcia will finally get into a game this week.