Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 20, 2021

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

The Glendale Desert Dogs lost to the Surprise Saguaros in the final regular game of the AFL season. The loss eliminated Glendale from the Championship Game. Three Cardinals saw action Friday. Brendan Donovan and Juan Yepez (2-for-4) were in the starting lineup. Jake Walsh got the final out of the sixth inning.

Results from the Arizona Fall League game on Friday, November 19.

Desert Dogs 3 at Saguaros 5 (seven innings)

The Glendale Desert Dogs dropped their final regular season game to the Surprise Saguaros by a 5-3 score on Friday. Surprise took first place in the West Division and moves on to the Championship Game on Saturday.

Three Cardinals saw action. Brendan Donovan was the leadoff batter and played second base. Juan Yepez played first base and hit third. Jake Walsh pitched in the sixth inning and got the final out.

Glendale got on the board first with its three runs in the third inning. Jacob Amaya, Yepez, and Korey Lee hit back-to-back singles. James Outman drew a walk and Amaya scored. Grae Kessinger singled to plate Yepez and Lee.

Surprise came back with two runs in the fourth inning, two more in the fifth to take the lead, and one insurance run in the sixth.

Juan Yepez

Yepez singled twice and struck out twice, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Donovan was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, a line out and a fly out.

The Desert Dogs sent four pitchers to the mound concluding with Walsh. Starter Coleman Crow pitched four innings. He gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits and struck out three. Kyle Hurt tossed the fifth and surrendered two runs. He took the loss and was tagged with a blown save. Caleb Freeman started the sixth and allowed the final run to Surprise. Walsh replaced Freeman with two outs in the inning and induced a flyball for the final out.

Jake Walsh

Glendale finished the season with a record of 17-13 for second place in the West Division.

Saturday’s game:  Glendale’s season is over. AFL Championship Game – Surprise Saguaros vs. Mesa Solar Sox at 6 p.m. CT on MLB Network.

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