Pence hot at the plate in AFL

Pence's streak ends after a bang in AFL

It seemed as though Hunter Pence kept trying to top himself during an 11-game hitting streak that finally was snapped Wednesday.

After collecting one hit in each of his first five games of the streak, the 23-year-old outfielder posted multi-hit games in three of his next five contests. On Tuesday, Pence had a monstrous 4-for-5 performance that included two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored in the Mesa Solar Sox's 12-7 victory over the Peoria Saguaros.

With that game, Pence boosted his stats to three homers and 10 RBIs and vaulted into the top 10 in both power categories in the Arizona Fall League. He came back to earth by going hitless in four at-bats in his next game, but the 6-foot-4, 220-pound outfielder is still batting .340 for the season.

The rest of the Houston Astros' prospects also put up good numbers in their respective fall leagues. Here's how they did:

Mesa Solar Sox
RHP Matt Albers -- The 6-foot, 205-pound Albers came off four perfect frames Oct. 19 against Scottsdale with another solid performance against the Scorpions on Wednesday. He allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk in a four-inning no-decision. That raised his ERA to 3.60. Even more impressive is the fact that batters are hitting just .176 against the 23-year-old right-hander.

LHP Troy Patton -- The 21-year-old Patton had little to show for his opening week besides a 4.50 ERA over his first three appearances with Mesa. Things changed for the better in the southpaw's last two games against the Peoria Saguaros. He picked up a save by tossing two scoreless frames in the Solar Sox's 6-3 victory Oct. 20. In his next appearance Tuesday, the 21-year-old reliever allowed three runs on five hits in three innings and snagged a win in Mesa's 12-7 slugfest triumph.

LHP Mark McLemore -- The 26-year-old southpaw pitched in one game over the week, surrendering three runs in 1 1/3 innings. It was the third straight game in which the reliever gave up a home run.

RHP Chad Reineke -- Reineke combined to give up two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless frames in his last two scoreless appearances, but his ERA is still a lofty 8.44.

C Lou Santangelo -- The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Santangelo managed his first multi-hit game when he went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Mesa's 12-7 victory Tuesday. Even with that, the 23-year-old backstop is only batting .182.

North Shore Honu
3B Koby Clemens -- Clemens took a beating at the plate this past week, managing just one hit in his last 14 at-bats. The 20-year-old third baseman is in a 4-for-33 slide that has decimated his batting average from its high point of .350 on Oct. 8 to a lowly .208.

Eric Justic is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.