photo: Seth Elledge (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Two St. Louis Cardinals prospects took the field for the Glendale Desert Dogs Tuesday – Conner Capel started in right field and batted fifth, and Seth Elledge pitched the ninth inning. Capel recorded a single, and one of the team’s four hits, in his four at-bats and fanned once. Capel was thrown out attempting to steal second, shortly after reaching base. Elledge had another good outing, tossing a scoreless inning, striking out a pair and allowing just one hit.
A four-run Mesa lead proved to be insurmountable as the Dogs’ offense struggled and was unable to answer a three-run third inning by the Solar Sox.
The Glendale lineup struggled to produce against Mesa’s starter, Tigers right-hander, Anthony Castro, as well as the Mesa bullpen. Besides Capel, the only other Glendale players to record a hit were Reds backstop Tyler Stephenson, who tallied a double, and Reds outfielder Stuart Fairchild, who collected two singles.
Reds minor league right-hander Jordan Johnson started on the mound for Glendale and worked four innings, yielding three runs, despite fanning six. He struggled with control as he walked five Mesa batters to go with four hits allowed. Vince Arobio (CWS) entered the game next and also allowed a runner to cross the plate before getting three outs to end the fifth inning. Marshall Kasowski (LAD), Quintin Torres-Costa (MIL) and Seth Elledge (STL) then combined to throw the next four innings, striking out nine and allowing no runs.
With the loss, the last-place Desert Dogs fall to 3-8 on the season, five games back.
Glendale will play next at 12:30 MST on Wednesday, August 2 at home against the Peoria Javelinas. The probable starters are Bernardo Flores (CWS) for Glendale and Tanner Houck (BOS) for Peoria.
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