Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 26, 2021

photo: Juan Yepez and Lars Nootbaar (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Glendale eked out a one-run win in Monday AFL action. From among the four St. Louis Cardinals participating, Juan Yepez went deep for the winning run, and Zack Thompson continued his shutout fall on the mound.

Results from the game played Monday, October 25, 2021.

Desert Dogs 7 at Scorpions 6

Juan Yepez’ ninth-inning bomb provided the winning margin as the Glendale Desert Dogs held off the Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium, 7-6.

The contest was tied at one all until the visitors put up a four spot in the fifth.  After adding another eighth-inning tally, the Desert Dogs held what appeared to be a comfortable 6-1 lead.

But any comfort Glendale might have felt at that point evaporated when Scottsdale pushed across four scores in the home half of the frame.  The score narrowed to 6-5 through eight.

That’s when Yepez led off the ninth with his third hit of the day and third home run of the Fall campaign.  The first baseman ended with a line of 3-for-5 including a double and solo shot comprising one of two runs scored and one of three RBI. Yepez leads the AFL with 14 RBI in just nine games played.

Juan Yepez

The other Cardinals position player to see action was Lars Nootbaar, who hit two spots ahead of Yepez in the lead off slot.  The right fielder singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk, touching home twice and knocking in one.  On the downside, Nootbaar was picked off first once.

The Desert Dogs accumulated 15 hits in all with the top four spots in the batting order doing most of the damage.  Those four combined to go 10-for-19 with six runs scored and five driven in.

Cardinals Zack Thompson and Jake Walsh took the mound, each contributing to the win.  Thompson tossed a clean fourth and fifth, issuing two free passes, and was awarded his first Arizona Fall League victory against no losses.

Zack Thompson

Walsh pitched the ninth and things got interesting before the righty recorded his second save.  Walsh yielded a triple and RBI single to his first two batters, tightening the score to 7-6.  But the 26-year-old then retired his next three batters on two fly outs and a come backer to the mound.

Tuesday’s game:  off


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