photo: Elehuris Montero (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
Three St. Louis Cardinals prospects took the field for the Glendale Desert Dogs on Wednesday afternoon. Conner Capel played in left field and tallied a base hit, but also struck out twice. Elehuris Montero started at third base and collected a pair of hits, including a triple and a walk, while fanning once.
Catcher Ivan Herrera also slapped a base hit in his four at-bats and struck out once. The 19-year-old catcher also made threw out an attempted base stealer at second base in the seventh inning. However, the next inning, he made a throwing error when Peoria tested his arm again with another stolen base attempt.
Despite a strong pitching performance, Glendale was unable to claim victory as the lineup failed to generate enough base runners and the defense made three errors.
Outside of the trio of Cardinals prospects, Glendale failed to generate any offense. White Sox outfielder Blake Rutherford was the only non-Cardinals prospect to record a hit, but he managed to reach base three times as he also walked twice. The offensive struggles of the Desert Dogs can be summed up with one number – 16 strikeouts.
White Sox southpaw Bernardo Flores started and pitched well enough to keep Glendale in the game, but not nearly well enough to dominate. He yielded a pair of runs on five hits and two walks while fanning three. However, the bullpen was solid and managed to suppress the Javelinas lineup for the rest of the game. Diomar Lopez (CIN), Cory Thompson (CIN), Dauri Moreta (CIN), and Brett de Geus (LAD) combined to throw the final five innings and allowed just two baserunners and no runs.
With the loss, Glendale fell to 3-9 on the season and are 5 ½ games back of the division leading Surprise Saguaros.
Glendale will get Thursday off before playing their next game at 12:30 PM MST on Friday against the Surprise Saguaros. Probable starters are Cardinals prospect Griffin Roberts for Glendale and Baltimore right-hander Dean Kremer for Surprise.
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