Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 11, 2021

photo: Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The first-place Glendale Desert Dogs prevailed over the Mesa Solar Sox Wednesday night. Two St. Louis Cardinals were in the starting lineup. Juan Yepez was outstanding on offense, hitting two long balls and driving in four of the Desert Dogs’ nine runs.

Result from the Arizona Fall League game played on Wednesday, November 10.

Desert Dogs 9, Solar Sox 4

The Glendale Desert Dogs defeated the Mesa Solar Sox at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday night. St. Louis Cardinals prospects Lars Nootbaar and Juan Yepez were in the Glendale starting lineup, hitting first and third respectively.

Nootbaar, playing right field, went 1-for-4 with an RBI. His ground ball single to center plated the first of three runs in the second inning and the second run for the Desert Dogs. He scored the final run of the frame on a bases loaded walk by teammate Pedro Leon. Nootbaar’s other trips to the dish resulted in a fly out to left in the third, a hit by pitch in the fifth, and a ground out to third base in the eighth. The Cardinal outfielder is hitting .303 with an OPS of 1.078 in the AFL.

Lars Nootbaar

Juan Yepez, starting for Glendale at first base, shined offensively with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. He drove in four of the nine runs for the Desert Dogs. In the first inning, Yepez doubled to left but was ultimately left stranded. He plated the first of four runs in the second on a sac fly to right field.

The first sacker then hit his first of two home runs in the fourth, a solo shot to start the inning for Glendale’s fifth score of the game. The second long ball for Yepez came in the eighth inning, a two-run shot to left to add the final two runs to the Desert Dogs’ tally. His one other at bat was a fly out in the sixth. Yepez is batting .319 with a 1.100 OPS.

Juan Yepez

Other contributors to the Glendale win were second baseman Jacob Amaya, whose solo home run in the first that put the Desert Dogs on the board. Third baseman Kody Hoese thumped solo home runs in the third and the fifth innings. Hoese was 3-for-4 on the night.

Glendale sent five pitchers to the mound, none of whom are Cardinals. Starter Robinson Pina pitched three innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits. McKinley Moore surrendered one run in the fourth. Relievers Caleb Freeman, Coleman Crow, and Kyle Hurt combined to throw the final five scoreless innings. Pina got the win; Moore, Freeman, and Crow were awarded holds, and Hurt earned his second save.

Yepez committed a fielding error in the third inning that led to a Solar Sox run.

Glendale’s win over Mesa gives them a record of 15-9 and puts them in first place in the AFL West Division, a half-game ahead of Surprise.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Surprise, RHP Zach Haake vs. RHP Chad Donato, 1:35 CT.

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