11/01/2004 8:29 PM ET
Nov. 1: AFL game recaps
Scorpions 10, Javelinas 4
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The Javelinas had a comfortable 4-2 lead until the seventh inning when the Scorpions scored eight runs, all with two outs, to beat Peoria 10-4. Corey Myers (AZ) had a three-run double with the bases loaded and Anthony Gwynn Jr. (MIL) had a two-run double in the big inning. Strong winds during the game caused numerous fly balls to drift away from outfielders.
Javelinas' pitcher Dan Denham (CLE) was the victim of the eight-run seventh. Denham allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings and took his first loss of the season. Although the run totals were lopsided, both teams had 10 hits. James Loney (LA) was the only player with more than one hit for the Scorpions, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.
In the losing effort for Peoria, leadoff hitter Ben Johnson (SD) was 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple. The win for Scottsdale gives them the AFL's best record at 15-7. They are now 5.5 games ahead of their nearest opponent with less than three weeks to play.
Scorpions 100 100 800 10 10 1
Javelinas 130 000 000 4 10 2
Scorpions- Burns, Stetter (5), Gothreaux (7)
Javelinas- Huber, Denham (6), Thomas (7), Stockman (9)
W- Stetter (2-0) L- Denham (2-1) S- Gothreaux (1) Time: 2:21
Rafters 12, Desert Dogs 4
Chris Shelton's (DET) three-run home run in the first inning gave Grand Canyon an early 3-0 lead. Mike Cervenak (SF) would follow suit with a three-run shot in the third and Curtis Granderson (DET) would add a two-run bomb in the fourth on the way to a 12-4 win over Phoenix. Jesse Crain (MIN) earned his first win of the season behind two innings of no-hit baseball.
The Desert Dogs had just eight hits for the day. Omar Quintanilla (OAK) was a perfect 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Tommy Murphy (ANA) was the only other hitter to have a multiple hit game. Murphy was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Designated hitter Donald Murphy (KC) hit a solo shot. He finished 1-for-3.
Tony Pena Jr. (ATL) and Yobal Duenas (NYY) each had a solid game for Grand Canyon. At the plate, Pena was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Duenas finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. The Rafters gain a game on the Desert Dogs with the win.
Desert Dogs 001 020 100 4 8 0
Rafters 304 200 30x 12 13 0
Desert Dogs: Tamayo, Rice (4), Bergman (6), Messenger (7), Rouwenhorst (8)
Rafters: McBride, Coenen (5), Munter (6), Crain (8)
W- Crain (1-0). L-Tamayo (0-2). S-None. Time: 2:27
Saguaros 6, Solar Sox 5
The last of five lead changes went to the Saguaros, as Peoria scored twice in the top of the sixth inning and beat the Solar Sox 6-5. The Saguaros' bullpen was sensational, with Mike Johnston (PIT), Royce Ring (NYM) and Jeff Miller (PIT) each pitching a scoreless inning to close the game.
The Solar Sox had the tying run on base in the ninth inning, but Cory Sullivan (COL) was left standing at second when the game ended. In the losing effort for the Solar Sox, Casey Rogowski (CHC) was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Eight different players had one hit for the Saguaros. Chase Lambin (NYM) and Juan Senreiso (TEX) hit solo home runs.
With the Phoenix Desert Dogs losing, Mesa missed a chance to pick up a game in the standings, and remain 4.5 games out of first.
Saguaros 010 032 000 6 8 1
Solar Sox 012 020 000 5 6 3
Saguaros- Rosario, Littleton (5), Johnston (7), Ring (8), Miller (9)
Solar Sox- Ulacia, McClellan (5), Smith (6), Bajenaru (7), Speier (9)
W- Littleton (1-1) L- Smith (1-1) S- Miller (2) Time: 2:28
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