Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 9, 2018

photo: Evan Kruczynski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Five St. Louis Cardinals prospects played in Surprise’s Friday night loss to Peoria. Starter Evan Kruczynski tossed four scoreless innings, but Conner Greene yielded three runs in relief. Jeremy Martinez singled and doubled.

Results for the game played on Friday, November 9.

Surprise Saguaros 2 at Peoria Javelinas 4

Evan Kruczynski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Three St. Louis Cardinals position players and two pitchers saw action in Surprise’s Friday night contest at Peoria. Peoria was the victor by the score of 4-2.

In his first action since the Fall Stars Game on Saturday, left hander Evan Kruczynski started for Surprise. Kruczynski tossed four scoreless innings, allowing one hit, striking out three and walking two.

Conner Greene pitched in relief in the eighth, and he allowed three Peoria runs on two singles, two walks, and a double. After throwing 30 pitches and securing just two outs, Greene was removed.

Tommy Edman hit leadoff and played shortstop for the Saguaros. Edman began the game by lining out to center field. The infielder singled to center in the third inning, grounded into a force out in the sixth, and walked in his final at bat in the eighth.

Lane Thomas played center field and hit second. In the first inning, Thomas popped out to the shortstop. In the fourth, the outfielder grounded out to third. Thomas walked in the sixth, and grounded out to second in the eighth. He added an outfield assist.

Jeremy Martinez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Jeremy Martinez caught and hit eighth. Martinez took his first at bat in the third inning, grounding out to short. The backstop led off the sixth with a single but was out at second in when Edman grounded into a force out. Martinez doubled to right field in the eighth was but was left stranded at third, then struck out looking for the last out of the game in the ninth.

The catcher was the only Saguaro with multiple hits as the rest of the team managed just six more. Surprise was shut out until a ninth-inning rally that fell two runs short.

Manager Stubby Clapp’s Saguaros are 10-15 in the AFL West and have been eliminated from Championship contention with one week to go.

Saturday’s game: vs. Peoria, Shawn Morimondo (0-1, 6.75) 2:35 CT.

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