Vitters One Of The Big Hitters In AFL Opener

Vitters One Of The Big Hitters In AFL Opener
October 4, 2011, 10:49 pm
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Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011
Posted: 5:50 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Josh Vitters had a monstrous opening day in the Arizona Fall League Tuesday afternoon but it went for naught as Phoenix defeated visiting Mesa, 12-8.

Vitters, who hit .283 with 14 homers and 81 RBIs with Double-A Tennessee during the regular season, hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs. The former top pick appeared in 20 AFL games in 2010, batting .253 with two homers and 13 RBIs. He hit .353 with a homer and eight RBIs in 16 AFL games in 2009

Fellow Cubs prospect DJ Lemahieu went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. He was also hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs. Junior Lake, who split the season between Class-A Daytona and Tennessee, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. White Sox prospect Brandon Short went hitless in five at-bats with three strikeouts for Mesa.

Cubs prospect Marcus Hatley, who split his regular season between Peoria, Daytona and Tennessee, allowed a run on three hits in 1 13 innings. White Sox right-hander Brandon Kloess also pitched at three levels during the regular season Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte also made his seasonal AFL debut, allowing an unearned run in an inning.

In other action, Cubs prospect Brett Jackson went 1-for-3 with a walk Monday night in Team USAs 8-4 loss to Puerto Rico in IBAF World Cup action. White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.