Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 20, 2021

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

Glendale pitching was leaky on Tuesday, yielding 12 runs in a home loss. Cardinals prospect Brendan Donovan doubled and scored a run in two plate appearances. Nolan Gorman walked and crossed the plate in his two times up.

Results from the game played Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Desert Dogs 4 vs. Scorpions 12

A parade of Glendale Desert Dogs pitchers fell prey to the long ball, resulting in a 12-4 home loss to the Scottsdale Scorpions (3-3).

Glendale starter Johan Dominguez (L, 1-1) (CHW) lasted just a third of an inning, permitting five tallies on five hits and a walk.  Four of the five scores off the righty were generated by two home runs.

The Scorpions kept up the scoring against the next four Desert Dogs hurlers.  JB Olson (CHW) recorded seven outs, giving up a solo shot that was one of two hits and a base-on-balls permitted while allowing one of two inherited runners to score.

The Dodgers’ Jeff Belge, the only lefty among seven Glendale hurlers on Tuesday, was also touched for a solo bomb during his 1 1/3-inning stint.  Three of the four runs given up by RJ Freure (HOU) during his two innings of work also came off one long ball, one of four hits and two free passes issued.

The home run parade finally finished after Nathan Burns’ (LAA) one inning on the bump.  It was the only hit he yielded.  McKinley Moore (CHW) went 1 1/3 frames, allowing a hit and two walks before giving way to Joe Record (HOU), who retired both batters faced, stranding two inherited runners.

St. Louis’ contribution to the contest came in the forms of Nolan Gorman and Brendan Donovan, the former starting at second and the latter a mid-game replacement in right field.

Brendan Donovan

Gorman, who started at second, scored his team’s first run when he opened the second with a walk.  The Desert Dogs’ clean-up hitter advanced to second via a 4-3 ground out then on to third on a wild pitch.

A two-run double by left fielder James Outman (LAD) brought Gorman across home plate ahead of third baseman Kody Hoese (LAD).  Gorman grounded out, 4-3, in his next at bat before being pinch hit for in the home half of the sixth with his team down 11-3.

Donovan entered the game in the top of sixth when the Desert Dogs manager re-organized his outfield.  The St. Louis prospect replaced centerfielder Yoelqui Cespedes (CHW) in the five spot in the batting order with the right fielder moving to left and the left fielder sliding over to center.

Donovan’s entry in the contest produced immediate results.  The right fielder lined a double to left with one away in the bottom of the sixth, eventually scoring on designated hitter Carson Taylor’s (LAD) single.  Overall, Donovan went 1-for-2 with a run scored, his double comprising one of eight Desert Dogs hits.

Wednesday’s game:  vs Javelinas (1-5), 6:35 pm MST/7:35 pm CT, RHP Jordan Hicks (0-0, 9.00)

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