Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook: 10/19/17

photo: Oscar Mercado (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Results for the Arizona Fall League game played on Thursday, October 19.

Mesa Solar Sox 6 at Surprise Saguaros 4 (10 innings)

The Surprise Saguaros fell to the Mesa Solar Sox in 10 innings on Thursday by a 6-4 final score. The Saguaros are now 4-5, including a 1-4 record at home.

Oscar Mercado (Springfield Cardinals)

Surprise went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position in the loss. With the lack of timely hitting, the Saguaros finished the day with 10 runners left on base.

Three Cardinals position players appeared in the contest. Out of the number eight spot, shortstop Edmundo Sosa had a base hit and scored a run. First baseman Andrew Knizner went 1-for-4, an RBI single – his fourth run driven in during the Arizona Fall League. The cleanup hitter also drew a free pass.

Center fielder Oscar Mercado was busy, reaching base four times in five plate appearances, on a single and three walks. Mercado stole his first two bases in the AFL, but was also picked off once. His teammates were able to bring the number three hitter home just one time.

Josh Lucas was the only St. Louis hurler to enter Thursday’s game. Lucas surrendered two runs in the top of the 10th inning, including a solo home run. In his rough outing, the right-hander also uncorked a wild pitch, allowed a single and walked a batter. Lucas took his first loss of the AFL season to drop to 0-1.

Friday’s game: Surprise at Mesa Solar Sox, Zach Lovvorn (KC) (1-0, 0.00), 12:35 p.m. MT.

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