Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook: 11/9/17

photo: John Nogowski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Results for the Arizona Fall League game played on Thursday, November 9.

Glendale Desert Dogs 6 at Surprise Saguaros 2

Edmundo Sosa (USA TODAY Sports Images)

On Thursday afternoon, the Surprise Saguaros were defeated by the Glendale Desert Dogs by a 6-2 final score. The defeat drops the Saguaros record to 10-14 on the season, four games back of Peoria and tied for second place in the AFL West.

Three Cardinals started in the contest: Andrew Knizner was at first base and batted third, second-place hitter Edmundo Sosa handled shortstop duties and John Nogowski was the designated hitter while batting eighth. The latter two Cardinals accounted for both of Surprise’s runs.

John Nogowski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Sosa had one hit in five at-bats, a two-out RBI single in the third inning. For Sosa, it was his fifth run batted in of the Arizona Fall League. Nogowski had an RBI double in three at-bats with a walk. The fifth-inning two-bagger was his fourth in the AFL.

Knizner had a base hit but was stranded, and speaking of stranded, he left two runners in scoring position with two outs. Overall, the Saguaros combined to go just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, Sosa’s hit, while stranding nine baserunners.

On the pitching front, Josh Lucas was the lone St. Louis hurler of the day. The right-hander tossed a scoreless ninth with a walk. Despite two punchouts, strikes were a problem as Lucas had just eight in 17 pitches.

Friday’s game: The Saguaros will head to Peoria to face the Javelinas on Friday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:35 PM Central time with Sandy Alcantara (0-2, 5.73) taking the ball for Surprise.

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