Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook: 11/2/17

photo: Edmundo Sosa (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Results for the Arizona Fall League game played on Thursday, November 2.

Mesa Solar Sox 8, Surprise Saguaros 6 (10 innings)

Oscar Mercado (Springfield Cardinals)

With two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Mesa Solar Sox enjoyed an 8-6 walk-off win over the Surprise Saguaros on Thursday.

The loss drops the Saguaros’ record to 8-12 on the AFL season.

Left fielder Oscar Mercado was the only St. Louis Cardinals’ starter in the contest. Mercado was hitless in three at-bats, though he did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly – his fifth run batted in of the season.

Jordan Hicks was the lone St. Louis pitcher to appear on Thursday. Hicks logged a scoreless fourth inning, on a hit, a walk and a pair of strikeouts.

Edmundo Sosa (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Edmundo Sosa entered in the ninth inning as a pinch-runner and appeared defensively at third base, but despite not having a plate appearance, he was prominent in the action. Under Experimental Rules being used in the AFL, Sosa was placed on second to open the 10th, representing the prospective lead run. After moving up to third, Sosa was erased at home on a fielders’ choice grounder (see photo).

The home club ended the contest in the bottom of the inning on a walk-off two-run home run by Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse. That pinned the loss on Surprise’s Jacob Bodner (KC). For what it is worth, only the home run score was earned, not the extra runner on second.

Friday’s game: The Saguaros will host the Salt River Rafters at 2:35 PM Central time. Starting for Surprise will be Ryan Eades (MIN) (2-0, 0.00).

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