AFL Notebook: Phoenix Wins Title Again

Mike Mitchell earned a hold in the game.

The Oakland A's system is filled with players who have championship hardware. Although the A's failed to have an affiliate win a title for the first season in awhile, they did add a title on Saturday. Eight A's prospects and manager Tony DeFrancesco took home rings on Saturday.

Phoenix took advantage of two Grand Canyon Rafters' errors and some timely hitting to win the Arizona Fall League championship game by a score of 6-2.

Only two of the eight A's prospects who have spent time with the Phoenix this fall made it into the championship game. Second baseman Kevin Melillo got the start as the team's designated hitter. Batting in the seventh slot, Melillo singled in four at-bats.

Reliever Mike Mitchell threw one inning, pitching a scoreless seventh inning to earn a hold. He allowed two hits, but used a double-play to get through the inning unscathed.

Phoenix manager Tony DeFrancesco won his third title as a manager, the first two coming in 2003 and 2004 with the Sacramento River Cats.

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