photo: Kramer Robertson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
In Monday AFL action, three Cardinals prospects were busy. 2B Kramer Robertson walked twice and doubled, 3B Elehuris Montero walked and LF Conner Capel singled, walked and scored twice.
Monday, October 21 – Salt River Rafters 11 at Glendale Desert Dogs 7
Three St. Louis Cardinals prospects played a role in Glendale’s AFL loss on Monday. Kramer Robertson played at second base and batted second in the lineup, with a double and two walks in five plate appearances. Elehuris Montero started at third base and hit sixth, walking once and batting 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The final Cardinals prospect to play was Conner Capel, who played left field and hit seventh. The 22-year-old singled and walked in five trips to the plate and crossed home plate both times.
The Desert Dogs plated a run in the first inning and another in the second to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. However, they surrendered the lead in the third by allowing five runs. The Dogs battled back, however, tallying a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth before scoring again in the seventh and eighth innings to retake a two-run lead. However, in the top of the ninth, Salt River rallied for six runs to take the final lead as Glendale was unable to mount another comeback.
The Desert Dogs recorded 11 hits on the night and every player in the lineup reached base at least once. Dodgers middle infield prospect Omar Estevez, White Sox first baseman Gavin Sheets and Brewers catcher and corner infielder David Fry each recorded two hits to lead the team. Estevez and Sheets finished with a single and a double while Fry hit his first home run of the AFL season, as well as a single.
White Sox left-hander Bernardo Flores began the game on the mound for Glendale. The 24-year-old cruised through his first two innings but ran into trouble in the third. He yielded five runs and was only able to record the first two outs before getting relived by Reds right-hander Cory Thompson. Thompson finished the inning and then tossed a scoreless fourth while fanning three and not allowing a single base runner. Bobby Wahl (NYM), Diomar Lopez (CIN), Vince Arobio (CWS), and Brett de Geus (LAD) then tossed the next four innings without conceding a run. These four pitchers combined for six strikeouts and allowed just one hit.
The Desert Dogs ran into trouble when Mitchell White (LAD) entered the game in the ninth inning in a save opportunity. The 24-year-old was unable to do so as he allowed five runs to score off four hits and a walk while collecting just two outs. Tyler Johnson (CWS) entered and allowed a three-run home run before recording the final out (only one run was charged to Johnson).
With the loss, Glendale drops to 11-15 and remains in last place in the AFL West Division. The Desert Dogs are five games behind the division leading Surprise Saguaros.
After taking Tuesday off, Glendale’s next game will be on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. MST when they will once again play the Salt River Rafters. The probable starters are RHP Victor Castaneda (MIL) vs. RHP Dakota Chalmers (MIN).
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