Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 21, 2021

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

The Glendale Desert Dogs lost to the Peoria Javelinas by a one run margin at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday night. Four Cardinals played, three in the starting lineup plus the starting pitcher. Brendan Donovan walked, doubled and scored. Juan Yepez plated one of the Glendale’s four runs.

Results of the game played Wednesday, October 20.

Desert Dogs 4, Javelinas 5 (seven innings)

Glendale was edged by Peoria by a 5-4 score on Wednesday night.

Jordan Hicks started for the Desert Dogs and pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits. The St. Louis right hander struck out two and walked three. Peoria runs came across in the first on a wild pitch and a double. The third inning run was the result of a free pass. With two out, Hicks was pulled at 52 pitches with the inherited runner coming across when the Desert Dogs’ first reliever couldn’t secure an out while yielding a stolen base, two singles and a hit by pitch.

Three Cardinals were in the starting lineup. Lars Nootbaar started in center and led off.  He went 0-for-2, grounding out and popping out, but reached base twice with free passes. First baseman Juan Yepez hit third. Brendan Donovan was the right fielder, hitting seventh.

Glendale scored three runs in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Astros’ prospect Grae Kessinger led off with a single, and Donovan followed with a double that moved Kessinger to third. Kessinger scored on a sac fly by the Angels’ Jeremiah Jackson. Dodger Jacob Amaya and Nootbaar followed with walks. When White Sox prospect Jose Rodriguez also walked, Donovan scored. Yepez walked to plate Amaya.

Brendan Donovan

After the Javelinas regained the lead in the third, scoring two to make it 4-3, they added a fifth run in the fourth.

The Desert Dogs brought it to within one run in the sixth. Donovan walked. Jackson grounded into a force out and Donovan was out at second. Amaya singled, advancing Jackson to third. A wild pitch sent Jackson home.

Donovan and Yepez were 1-for-3. Donovan’s double was the only extra base hit for Glendale.

Thursday’s game:  at Salt River, Landon Knack RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. Wilmer Flores RHP (0-0, 4.50) 8:35 CT.

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