Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 17, 2021

photo: Brendan Donovan (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Glendale Desert Dogs prevailed over the Surprise Saguaros in a Saturday night contest at Surprise Stadium. Three Cardinals were in the starting lineup for Glendale. Brendan Donovan had three hits and drove in a run.

Results of the game played Saturday, October 16.

Desert Dogs 6 at Saguaros 4

The Glendale Desert Dogs defeated the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday night at Surprise Stadium. The win was the third in four games in the AFL season to date for Glendale.

Three Cardinals were in the starting lineup for the Desert Dogs. Lars Nootbaar hit leadoff and played in right field. Nolan Gorman manned second base and hit in the cleanup spot. Third baseman Brendan Donavan hit seventh.

Surprise scored first with two runs in the third inning. Glendale tied it up 2-2 in the in the fifth. Astros prospect Grae Kessinger led off the inning with a walk. Donovan followed with a double to left that advanced Kessinger to third. Kessinger scored on a ground out by the Angels’ Jeremiah Jackson. Donovan came home for the tying run on a fielding error on a ball in play by the Angels’ Anthony Mulrine.

The Saguaros answered with a run in the home half of the fifth to retake the lead, 3-2. Glendale responded in the sixth with two runs to flip the edge. Gorman drew a walk. Yoelqui Cespedes of the White Sox singled, then Gorman scored on a single by Kessinger. Donovan drove in Cespedes on a single.

The Desert Dogs increased their lead to 6-3 in the seventh. Astros prospect Pedro Leon walked and later scored on a fielding error by the second baseman on a ground ball by Gorman. Gorman scored one batter later on a balk.

Surprise added a final run in the eighth to make it 6-4, but Glendale held on to win.

Brendan Donovan

Donovan was 3-for-4 with an RBI. He struck out in his first at bat but followed that with a double and two singles. Nootbaar was 0-for-5 with a pop out, two fly outs and two ground outs. Gorman was 0-for-3 but was on base twice and scored twice. He grounded out, popped out, walked, and reached on an error.

Nootbaar made a fielding error.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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