photo: Oscar Mercado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Oscar Mercado had two hits, a walk, a stolen base and scored a run in Surprise’s third straight win.
Results from the Arizona Fall League game played Wednesday, October 25th.
A four-run eighth by Surprise was enough to hold off Glendale’s late surge as the Saguaros topped the Desert Dogs, 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The third consecutive win by Surprise (7-6) moves them into a first-place tie with Peoria and a game up on Glendale.
The visitors held a slim 2-1 advantage through the first seven but that ballooned to a 6-1 lead before the next three outs were recorded. Oscar Mercado opened with a line-drive double to left, his third two-bagger of the AFL campaign. The next batter blooped what was scored a double to short with a deflection by the Desert Dogs’ third baseman, advancing Mercado to third. A sac fly brought the center fielder across. Three singles and a wild pitch resulted in three more tallies, all of the hits coming with two away.
Mercado, hitting in the two hole, managed a seeing-eye single off the shortstop’s glove in his first at bat. He swiped his fourth bag before advancing to third with only one gone but was stranded there.
St. Louis’ only representative in the contest was unable to convert in his next at bat, striking out swinging with a runner on second for the first out in the third. Mercado worked a base-on-balls in the fifth, putting two on with no outs but Surprise was unable to cash in either runner.
After his eighth-inning effort, the 22-year-old fanned swinging to open the ninth. Mercado was one of three Saguaros to go 2-for-4 with at least one run scored. The three hit one-two-three in their squad’s order.
Each team’s starter received a decision with Texas’ Tyler Davis notching his first win after a two-inning effort in which he allowed a run on two hits, including the dreaded long ball. Righty Dylan Covey (CWS) took the loss, permitting two runs on three hits and four walks. Royals’ right-hander Jacob Bodner garnered his first save by getting his only batter, who represented the tying run, to fly out to center. That bailed out Texas lefty Adam Choplick, who gave up three runs in the ninth.
Thursday’s game: vs. Glendale (6-7), 12:35 pm MT, Burch Smith (0-1, 14.54) (TB)
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