Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook: 10/12/17

photo: John Nogowski/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos

Results for the game played on Thursday, October 12.

Glendale Desert Dogs 8, Surprise Saguaros 2

The Surprise Saguaros dropped Thursday’s game in Glendale to the Desert Dogs by an 8-2 final score. The Saguaros are now 1-2 to start the season.

John Nogowski (Sioux City Explorers)

Glendale set the tone with three runs in the bottom of the first and added on five more as the game progressed, including two in the eighth.

None of the Cardinals pitchers – Sandy Alcantara, Jordan Hicks, Arturo Reyes and Josh Lucas – appeared in Thursday’s contest, but three of the team’s four position-player representatives were in on the action. Only Edmundo Sosa sat out.

Batting third, center fielder Oscar Mercado went 1-for-4 with a single, and catcher Andrew Knizner had a base hit in one of his three at-bats out of the seventh spot.

The ninth-place hitter, left fielder John Nogowski, doubled, walked, and scored one of the Saguaros’ two runs. For Nogowski, it was his first appearance in the AFL and first in the  outfield as a Cardinal. The latter is a diversification move TCN members recently learned here. (Though he calls first base home, the 24-year old also played 10 games in left in 2016 while with Oakland’s high-A affiliate.)

The Saguaros will take on the Desert Dogs again on Friday, only the two teams will square off at Surprise Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 PM Central time.

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