photo: Brendan Donovan and Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Three St. Louis Cardinals prospects helped Glendale to a Thursday home win. Juan Yepez had two hits including his fifth AFL home run, Brendan Donovan scored twice and Lars Nootbaar took two free passes.
A balanced offense and quality pitching led the Glendale Desert Dogs (11-8) to a 5-2 home victory over the Surprise Saguaros (13-6).
Six Dogs took part in the scoring, generating eight hits in all. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Juan Yepez and catcher Anthony Mulrine (LAA) each had two hits. Yepez went 2-for-4 with a third-inning solo shot as the clean-up hitter and Mulrine singled twice in three at bats with an RBI in the nine hole.
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Yepez’ fifth bomb ties him with teammate Lars Nootbaar and others for third-most in the AFL. The long ball put his squad up 2-1, with that score holding until each team traded single tallies in the fifth. With Glendale clinging to a slim 3-2 advantage through five frames, center fielder Pedro Leon led off the sixth with his first AFL long ball. Mulrine’s RBI single occurred later that inning when he drove in third baseman Kody Hoese (LAD), who had doubled.
Cardinals prospect Brendan Donovan got in on the scoring, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. The second baseman drew a free pass with two away in the first, eventually crossing home plate after Leon was walked with the bases loaded.
Donovan was right back at it in the fifth, beating out a grounder to the right side on a ball deflected by the Saguaros’ first baseman with one out. James Outman’s (LAD) double to right drove in Glendale’s number three hitter although Outman was nailed trying to stretch his hit into a three-bagger.
The third and final St. Louis prospect to see action on Thursday was Nootbaar. Although the right fielder and leadoff batter was 0-for-3, hitless for a second straight contest, he did work two free passes, raising his AFL on-base percentage to .426.
The pitching was handled by three hurlers: starter Coleman Crow (LAA), Robinson Pina (LAA) and Joe Record (HOU). Crow and Pina each held their opponents to a run on four hits in four and 3 1/3 innings respectively. Pina (W, 1-0) (BS,1) also issued a free pass while Record picked up his first save after retiring all five batters faced.
Friday’s game: vs. Saguaros, 12:35 pm MST/1:35 pm CT, RHP Johan Dominguez (1-1, 11.81) (CHW)
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