Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 14, 2021

photo: Nolan Gorman (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Glendale Desert Dogs began their AFL season with an evening game at the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Desert Dogs prevailed in large part thanks to a three-run home run by St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Nolan Gorman.

Results for the game played on Wednesday, October 13.

Glendale 4 at Scottsdale 3 (link to box score)

On Opening Day of the Arizona Fall League, the Glendale Desert Dogs topped the Scottsdale Scorpions by a 4-3 score at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Three Cardinals were in the starting lineup. Lars Nootbaar played in right field and hit second. Nolan Gorman was the second baseman and hit fourth, and first baseman Juan Yepez hit fifth.

Glendale scored first in the second inning. Dodgers prospect Kody Hoese led off with a single and scored on a ground out by White Sox prospect Yoelqui Cespedes. Scottsdale tied it up in the home half of the second.

In the third, Nootbaar drew a walk and Astros prospect Korey Lee singled. Nolan Gorman followed with a three-run blast to right field to put the Desert Dogs up 4-1.

Nolan Gorman

The Scorpions cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third, then added a run in the fifth. Neither team scored for the remainder of the game and Glendale held on for the win.

In addition to the long ball, Gorman also walked and flied out a mile high to center field. Nootbaar walked and struck out twice. Yepez went 0-for-3 with a ground out, a hit by pitch, and a pop out to the catcher in foul territory.

Two Cardinals pitchers saw action, both who started in the regular season but are working in relief in the AFL. Andre Pallante relieved starter Johan Dominquez and pitched three innings. The right hander gave up two runs on five hits, fanned five and walked one. Left hander Zack Thompson threw the final three scoreless innings and was sharp with no hits allowed, five punchouts and no walks. Thompson (center in photo below) earned his first save.

Glendale Desert Dogs (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Thompson made the Desert Dogs’ only error, a fielding miscue on the first play of the ninth inning.

Thursday’s game:  at Peoria, Jordan Hicks RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. William Woods RHP (0-0, 0.00) 2:35 CT.

What is next?

Look for these free AFL game recap articles in the morning following all 30 Desert Dogs games.

Also, Nolan Gorman’s  Wednesday interview with Brian Walton will be posted today (Thursday) for members of The Cardinal Nation.

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