Centeno comes through in clutch for Peoria
Mets catching prospect singles in run in 11th against Phoenix
After driving in just 11 runs in 52 games this year, Juan Centeno isn't known as an RBI man. But he came through with an important one for the Javelinas on Thursday.
The Mets catching prospect singled home the eventual winning run in the top of the 11th as the Peoria defeated Phoenix, 7-5.
Centeno, a 32nd-round pick in 2007, batted .318 with seven extra-base hits this year for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The 21-year-old finished Thursday's game 2-for-5 for his third multi-hit performance in eight games -- one of which he was used only as a defensive replacement. Overall, he is hitting .333 with two doubles and five RBIs.
The game reached the 11th because of the Desert Dogs' resilience in the bottom of the ninth, when they scored two runs off the Padres' Miles Mikolas to tie it up. Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez hit a two-out homer, while Adeiny Hechavarria (Blue Jays) singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored on an error by the Brewers center fielder Logan Schafer.
Peoria started the scoring in the second, putting up three runs thanks to Wilfredo Tovar's two-RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by Oscar Taveras.
Phoenix responded with three of its own in the bottom of the frame. Chad Huffman (Indians) and Ronnier Mustelier (Yankees) singled to start the second. Rob Segedin (Yankees) followed with a homer to center off Terry Lyons (Cardinals).
St. Louis' Matt Adams, the reigning Texas League Player of the Year, ripped an RBI double to right off Wes Etheridge (Blue Jays) in the fifth after Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman walked Jefry Marte (Mets) with two outs. San Diego's Jason Hagerty followed Adams with an RBI single, putting the Javelinas ahead by two.
Chapman made his second relief appearance of the fall, throwing 13 of his 27 pitches for strikes over 1 2/3 innings. The Reds fireballer was charged with one run on a hit and a walk as he tunes up to transition to the rotation this winter with a Caribbean League club.
Lyons (Cardinals) started for Peoria and allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings, while Phoenix starter Murphy Smith (Athletics) yielded three runs on four hits in three frames.
The Yankees' Dan Burawa (1-3) took the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning.
The Mariners' Brian Moran (1-0) struck out two over two scoreless innings for the win.
Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. David Heck also contributed to this article. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.