Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 29, 2021

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

On Thursday, Cardinals prospects Brendan Donovan and Juan Yepez plated two each and Lars Nootbaar scored twice, but Glendale fell in the ninth as Jake Walsh took the blown save and loss.

Results from the Arizona Fall League game played Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Desert Dogs 6 at Javelinas 7

St. Louis’ Jake Walsh could not hold a ninth-inning lead as the Glendale Desert Dogs (7-6) suffered a 7-6 walk-off road loss to the Peoria Javelinas.

Walsh (L, 0-1) began the ninth with his team up 6-4 but was ineffective, yielding three runs against two outs.  The righty walked the Javelinas’ number eight hitter before catching his next batter looking at strike three.

But a wild pitch by Walsh put the base runner in position to score on a single to center fielder Lars Nootbaar.  The new base runner swiped second and scored on another single up the middle, tying the game at six all.

A line drive single to right put runners at the corners.  The inning’s fourth single, and third to center, drove in yet another runner to end the game in the home team’s favor.

The Desert Dogs banged out 13 hits with Nootbaar and first baseman Brendan Donovan among four Glendale players with two hits apiece.  Nootbaar singled and doubled in five at bats at the top of the order, touching home twice.  Donovan went 2-for-4 with a sac fly and two RBI from the three spot.

Brendan Donovan

Clean-up hitter Juan Yepez’ only hit in in four at bats was his fourth home run of the AFL season, tying Nootbaar for second in the league.  It came against San Diego top prospect lefty MacKenzie Gore as part of the Desert Dogs’ three-run third inning and flipped a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead the team would not relinquish until the ninth.  The right fielder went yard with second baseman Jose Rodriguez (CHW) aboard after the latter reached on a fielding error.

Juan Yepez

Friday’s game: at Scorpions (4-10), 12:35 pm MST/1:35 pm CT, RHP Robinson Pina (0-0, 0.00) (LAA)

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