photo: Lars Nootbaar (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The Glendale Desert Dogs lost to the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday night at Camelback Ranch. Batting first, Lars Nootbaar walked and singled and no. 2 hitter Juan Yepez had a hit but neither scored nor drove in runs.
The Solar Sox put up four runs in the second inning and the Desert Dogs answered with one run in the home half of the second on consecutive singles by the Dodgers’ James Outman, the Astros’ Pedro Leon, and the Angels’ Jeremiah Jackson, the latter who drove in Outman for the run.
Mesa added single runs in the third and fourth to increase the lead to 6-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Glendale scored three runs to get within two, but it was the closest they got. White Sox prospect Yoelqui Cespedes was hit by a pitch and Outman walked. Jackson hit a three-run home run to right field.
The Desert Dogs did not score after the fourth. The Solar Sox added three runs in the eighth for the final score of 9-4.
Lars Nootbaar led off for Glendale and played in right field. He drew a leadoff walk in the first inning but was stranded. The left hander flew out to center in the third and popped out for the last out of the fourth. He singled in the sixth but was left on base when his teammate Yepez struck out. Nootbaar’s last at bat was a line out to left in the ninth.
Yepez hit second and manned first base. He struck out swinging in the first inning and grounded out to second in the third. He grounded out to first base in the fifth and struck out for the last out of the sixth. In his final at bat in the ninth, Yepez singled to left but was thrown out at second attempting to stretch it out to a double. He made the last out of the game.
Sunday’s game: No game scheduled.
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