photo: Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
Two St. Louis Cardinals players took part in Sunday AFL action for the Glendale Desert Dogs. Outfielder Conner Capel entered as a defensive substitute in the ninth. He contributed to the Desert Dogs’ rally with a single and run scored in the bottom of the frame but the Dogs fell just short. Kodi Whitley pitched the scoreless top of the ninth while fanning two.
The visiting Rafters jumped out to an early lead, as three runners crossed the plate in the second inning against Glendale starter and Dodgers right-hander Gerardo Carrillo. The Desert Dogs chipped away at the lead the rest of the way, scoring one in the third and two in the ninth. Their rally ended just short of a victory as they allowed a final run in the eighth.
Catcher David Fry, a seventh-round pick of the Brewers last year, led the team with three hits and two RBI. Fry and Jonathan India, a highly touted Reds infield prospect, each tallied a double, the only extra base hits of the game for Glendale.
After Carrillo’s bad second inning, the Desert Dogs’ pitching staff did a good job of preventing the Rafters from pulling away. Right-handers Diomar Lopez (CIN) and Tyler Johnson (CWS) tossed the next 2 1/3 scoreless innings before handing the ball to Milwaukee southpaw Clayton Andrews, who threw another clean inning with a pair of strikeouts. Reds farmhand Dauri Moreta yielded the decisive run in the eighth before Whitley collected the final three outs.
With the loss, Glendale drops to 3-7 on the season and remains in last place in the West Division.
Glendale’s next game will be on Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30 PM MST when they take on the Mesa Solar Sox. The probable starters are Daniel Gossett (OAK) for Mesa and TBA for the Desert Dogs.
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