photo: Ivan Herrera (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
In Wednesday #stlcards Arizona Fall League action, Ivan Herrera and Elehuris Montero drew three walks each and the former also doubled. Seth Elledge pitched a dominating final inning, but Glendale fell short again.
Wednesday, October 9 – Glendale Desert Dogs 2 at Salt River Rafters 6
Three St. Louis Cardinals prospects started Wednesday night’s game at Salt River – Conner Capel (LF), Elehuris Montero (DH) and Ivan Herrera (C) – and reliever Seth Elledge pitched the eighth inning.
Capel struggled to make an impact, batting 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. The six-hole hitter was picked off first base after drawing free pass. Montero and Herrera fared much better, as each hitter walked three times. Herrera, chosen for the West Fall Stars roster, added a double as he reached base in all four of his plate appearances.
Elledge continued his dominant AFL stint with another scoreless inning and two strikeouts. (Editor’s note: Fall Stars Game selection Elledge blew away name prospects Seth Beer and Victor Victor Mesa with his mid-90’s heat.)
However, the Desert Dogs were unable to hit the ball enough in order to take advantage of a generous 10 walks conceded by the Salt River pitching staff (seven of which were taken by the aforementioned Cardinals trio).
White Sox first baseman Gavin Sheets collected two of Glendale’s four hits, tallying a single and a double. Fellow White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo also contributed to the offensive effort with a ninth inning solo home run, but it was too late for the Desert Dogs to mount a full comeback.
White Sox southpaw Bernardo Flores began the game on the mound for Glendale and struggled through five innings. The 24-year-old surrendered four earned runs on seven hits. However, there were positive signs as well as he fanned six batters. Tyler Johnson (CWS) and Bennett Sousa (CWS) followed Flores by combining to allow two earned runs in the next two innings. Subsequently, Elledge’s scoreless eighth inning snapped a streak of three consecutive run-scoring frames for Salt River. However, the damage had already been done.
With the defeat, Glendale drops to 5-12 on the season and falls six games back of the division leading Surprise Saguaros. With two and a half weeks remaining, the Desert Dogs’ elimination number is seven.
Glendale’s next game will be on Thursday, October 10 at 12:30 p.m. MST when they take the field at the Peoria Javelinas. AFL probable starters remain TBA for the week due to Saturday’s Fall Stars Game.
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