photo: Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Sunday, October 20 – Scottsdale Scorpions 2 at Glendale Desert Dogs 7
Glendale broke out the bats in the fifth inning to break a one run tie by tallying five runs. The outcome was never in doubt after that as the Desert Dogs rolled to a 7-2 Sunday win.
Ivan Herrera and Conner Capel were the only prospects from the St. Louis Cardinals to appear. Herrera drew the start behind the plate and recorded a single in four at bats. Capel batted seventh in the lineup, one spot behind Herrera, and started in right field. The 22-year-old easily played his best game in the AFL as he crushed two home runs in four trips to the plate. He did make a fielding error in the outfield, but his strong day at the dish more than made up for his mistake.
Besides Capel’s impressive afternoon, Reds outfield prospect Stuart Fairchild recorded a double and a single in his two RBI effort. Another key contributor was Dodgers infielder and 2019 first round pick Michael Busch, who provided production from the top of the lineup with a home run as well as a pair of walks. The team as a whole collected nine hits and four walks while fanning just five times.
On the pitching side, Jordan Johnson (CIN) started and tossed five strong innings. The 26-year-old right-hander yielded just one earned run on two hits and no walks while striking out four. This outing lowered his AFL ERA to 3.32. Marshall Kasowski (LAD) hurled a scoreless sixth inning. He worked around a hit and a walk to keep the score unchanged before handing the ball to Brewers left-hander Clayton Andrews. The 22-year-old Andrews surrendered one earned run on two hits and a walk, but he also demonstrated an impressive ability to generate as he fanned four batters. Andrews seems to be the rare example of a diminutive strikeout pitcher. Despite his 5’6”, 160-pound size, he fanned 11.68 batters in the Brewers organization this season, and he appears to have brought this ability to the AFL. Dauri Moreta (CIN) then entered the game in the ninth and tossed a quick 1-2-3 inning to end the game.
With the victory, Glendale improves to 11-14 on the season. However, they remain in last place in the AFL West Division and have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Glendale plays next on Monday at 6:30 p.m. MST against the Salt River Rafters. The probable starters are Bernardo Flores (CWS) for Glendale and Dakota Chalmers (MIN) for Salt River.
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