Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 30, 2021

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

On Friday, the Glendale Desert Dogs lost a nail biter to the Scottsdale Scorpions by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings. Three Cardinals were in the starting lineup and one came into the game out of the bullpen.  Lars Nootbaar had an outstanding day, hitting for the cycle in five at-bats with an RBI and three runs scored.

Desert Dogs 5 at Scorpions 6 (11 innings)

The Glendale Desert Dogs lost a heartbreaker to the Scottsdale Scorpions in an 11-inning contest on Saturday afternoon.  Four Cardinals saw action, with the offense of one standing out from among the others.

Scottsdale got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  Glendale scored two runs in the third inning to go ahead.  The Angels’ Anthony Mulrine reached on an error.  Lars Nootbaar, batting leadoff from the DH position, doubled to left, moving Mulrine to third.  Jose Rodriguez drew a walk and Cardinal 2B Brendan Donovan, hitting third in the lineup, grounded into a force out that scored Mulrine.  Rodriguez was out at second.  Juan Yepez, hitting cleanup and playing 1B, plated Nootbaar via a sac fly for the second run of the inning.

Lars Nootbaar

The score remained 2-1 until the seventh inning when Glendale increased its lead.  After the first two Desert Dogs batters were retired, Nootbaar tripled to right field.  Rodriguez followed with a single to score the designated hitter.

Scottsdale answered in the home half of the seventh with two runs to tie the game at 3-3.  Glendale regained the lead with one run in the eighth.

The Scorpions, undaunted, plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth against Cardinal Zack Thompson to go up 5-4.  The Desert Dogs knotted it up in the ninth on a solo home run to right from Nootbaar.  Scottsdale did not score in the home ninth and the game went into extra innings.  In the bottom of the 11th, Scottsdale scored on a walk off single to take home the hard-fought win.

Nootbaar completed the cycle in the 11th with an infield single to first base.  He was left stranded when Donovan lined out to center.

Yepez was 0-for-2 with two walks and the sac fly RBI.   Donovan was 1-for-6 with the third inning RBI.  His one hit was a single in the fifth.  He was left stranded when Yepez grounded into the final out of the inning.

Thompson entered the game with two outs in the seventh.  He gave up a single to the first hitter then induced a ground out for the final out of the inning.  He returned to start the eighth and walked the first hitter, then retired the next two.  Thompson then yielded a single, a walk and a two-run double.  He came out of the game with two outs in the eighth and was charged with the blown save. It was the left-hander’s first AFL runs allowed.

Donovan stole his second base of the AFL season.

Glendale has a record of 7-7 and is in second place in the three-team AFL West, four games back of the Surprise Saguaros.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Salt River, RHP Shumpei Yoshikawa vs. RHP Angel Macuare, 6:35 MST.

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