Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 1, 2018

photo: Lane Thomas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Three Cardinals position players contributed to the Surprise Saguaros’ win at Mesa on Thursday, including Lane Thomas’ three hits and a run scored.  Conner Greene earned his first AFL save.

Results for the game played on Thursday, November 1.

Andy Young (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Surprise Saguaros 5 at Mesa Solar Sox 4

Three St. Louis Cardinals prospects appeared in the starting lineup for Surprise on Thursday and one closed the game on the mound, as Surprise defeated Mesa in a one run contest, 5-4.

Cleanup hitter Andy Young played second base for the Saguaros. Young struck out looking to end the inning and singled to left in the third, but was stranded.  In the fifth, the second baseman drew a walk and later scored on a three-run home run from Surprise teammate Will Craig.  Young hit an infield single to the pitcher in the seventh and then stole second base.  In his final at bat in the ninth, Young struck out looking.

Jeremy Martinez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Lane Thomas played right field and hit fifth in the lineup.  Thomas led off the second inning with a line drive single to left field. Thomas scored two batters later when Cavan Biggio thumped a two-run home run to right field.  The Cardinal outfielder singled on a line drive to right in the third, flied out to left in the fifth, and grounded out to third in the seventh.  Thomas hit his third single of the game in the ninth, a line drive to left field.

Conner Greene (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The third Cardinal in the starting lineup, Jeremy Martinez, was the catcher and batted eighth.  Martinez hit an infield single to the Mesa third baseman in his first at bat in the second inning.  The catcher led off the fourth with a ground out to the shortstop, then drew a walk in the fifth.  Martinez drew his second walk of the game to lead off the eighth.

All three starting Cardinals contributed hits with Thomas having three and Young two.

Conner Greene closed out the game and got the save, his first in the AFL.  The right-hander’s ninth was scoreless with one hit allowed.

Friday’s game:   vs. Salt River, TBA 2:35 CT.

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