photo: Lars Nootbaar (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The Glendale Desert Dogs defeated the Surprise Saguaros in a Friday afternoon contest. Five Cardinals saw action, three in the starting lineup and two pitchers. Lars Nootbaar had two hits and scored two of Glendale’s eight runs.
Result from the Arizona Fall League game played on Friday, November 5.
Surprise scored in the top of the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead. Glendale answered in the home half of the first to knot it up 1-1. Lars Nootbaar, playing in right field and hitting leadoff, began the inning with a single to right field. The Angels’ Jose Rodriguez followed with a triple that scored Nootbaar. Designated hitter Brendan Donovan, hitting third, drew a walk, but was caught off first on a double play line out by teammate Juan Yepez, who hit fourth and as the first baseman.
Orlando Martinez of the Angels led off the second inning with a solo home run to give the Desert Dogs a 2-1 lead. The Saguaros came back to score three runs in the fourth inning to go ahead 4-2.
Glendale responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Yepez flied out to start the inning. Korey Lee of the Astros struck out swinging on a wild pitch third strike and advanced to first. Lee scored on a double by Pedro Leon of the Astros. Grae Kessinger of the Astros singled to plate Leon.
In the fifth, Yolbert Sanchez of the White Sox drew a walk. Nootbaar doubled to right, moving Sanchez to third. Rodriguez singled and Sanchez scored. Yepez plated Nootbaar on a ground out. Glendale regained the lead 6-4.
The Desert Dogs increased their lead to 8-4 in the sixth. Kessinger walked and Sanchez blasted a two-run home run to left field. The Saguaros got within two runs in the seventh on a solo home run and an RBI single, but Glendale held on to win 8-6.
Nootbaar was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. In addition to his two hits, he grounded out and lined out. Donovan was 1-for-3. He walked in the first, struck out swinging in the third, lined out in the fifth, and singled in the seventh. Yepez was 0-for-4 with an RBI ground out, the 23-year-old’s 19th RBI in 16 AFL contests and just one off a share of the league lead. Yepez lined into a double play in the first, flied out in the fourth, grounded out in the fifth to score Nootbaar, and struck out swinging in the seventh.
Cardinals Zack Thompson and Jake Walsh pitched out of the bullpen. Thompson started the sixth inning. He gave up a leadoff single, then retired the next two batters on a strike out and a pop out. The left hander surrendered a double next but retired the final batter on a pop out. Thompson returned to start the seventh and gave up a leadoff solo home run. Thompson came out of the game after the second batter reached on an error. That batter scored and Thompson was charged with two runs, only one earned. 32 of his 45 pitches went for strikes and he received his second AFL hold.
Jake Walsh of the Cardinals pitched the ninth. The right-hander walked his first batter but induced a double play from the next man up. He retired the third hitter on a ground out to earn his fourth save of the AFL season.
Glendale is 12-8 and this win over first place Surprise brought the Desert Dogs within one game of the Saguaros in the AFL West.
Saturday’s game: vs Salt River, Johan Dominguez (1-1, 16.50) vs. TBD 8:35 CT.
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