This evening I made a short drive from my hotel to downtown Scottsdale where I attended a ballgame. The Scottsdale Scorpions hosted the Peoria Javelinas at Scottsdale Stadium, the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. The stadium is only 4 miles from my hotel.

I arrived at Scottsdale Stadium at 6:00 PM and parked in the convenient free parking garage adjacent to the ballpark. The first pitch was at 6:35 PM. The weather was clear, warm, and comfortable. In a pre-game ceremony, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame.

The Scottsdale Scorpions got off to a quick start by scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning. They never scored again. The Peoria Javelinas scored twice in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2 and scored twice again in the ninth inning to take the lead. Peoria defeated Scottsdale by a final score of 4-2. Box Score

As usual in the Arizona Fall League, the pace of tonight’s ballgame was outstanding. The two teams combined for 6 runs on 21 hits and made 7 pitching changes, and the game lasted only 2 hours and 26 minutes. I wish Major League Baseball games would progress that quickly.

After the ballgame I returned to my hotel and called it a day. Tomorrow, I’ll head to Peoria to attend an afternoon game.