Harper tallies first hit, RBI as Scottsdale comes back to win in Arizona

The Nationals’ top prospect, left fielder Bryce Harper, contributed in a big way as the Scottsdale Scorpions ralled to beat the Mesa Solar Sox 4-3 in the Arizona Fall League Monday night.

Harper had a single for his first hit in the fall and added an RBI groundout. He showed off his speed with a pair of stolen bases. Harper’s batting average is now 1-for-16 (.063).

Zach Walters went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter. Derek Norris had the night off.

Harper flew out and grounded out in his first two at-bats. In the fourth, his grounder to second base scored Will Middlebrooks and made the score 3-3.

He singled to right field in the sixth and stole second but was left on second base. The hit ended an 0-for-15 start to faIl play.

In the eighth, Harper was intentionally walked and again stole second base.

Scottsdale is at Mesa Tuesday afternoon (3:35 p.m. Eastern). With the victory Monday, the Scorpions are above .500 for the first time this season at 3-2.

Patrick Lehman did not pitch and we have yet to see Rafael Martin get into a game.

Sammy Solis is likely to make his second start of the fall campaign on Wednesday.

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