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Nov. 4: AFL game recaps
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11/05/2004 12:07 AM ET
Nov. 4: AFL game recaps
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Saguaros 3, Scorpions 1
Three different Saguaros pitchers held the Scorpions scoreless in the late innings as Peoria beat Scottsdale, 3-1. Jeremy Harts (PIT), Adam Peterson (TOR) and Mike Johnston (PIT) combined to throw four scoreless innings and hold the lead that give John Hudgins (TEX) his first Arizona Fall League win. The Peoria win caused them to gain ground in the standings towards the first place Scorpions, who now lead the division by five games.

Already up by one run, Peoria scored twice in the bottom of the third. A bases-loaded walk by Jason Botts (TEX) scored the first run, and a sacrifice fly to center field by J.R. House (PIT) scored Ian Kinsler (TEX) for Peoria's third run.

Peoria leadoff hitter Freddy Sanchez (PIT) was 2-for-4 and Botts was 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Saguaros. Royce Huffman (HOU) had the lone RBI for the Scorpions on his only hit in four at bats. Scottsdale starting pitcher Dennis Sarfate (MIL) allowed all three runs, pitched three innings and allowed three hits. The Saguaros will take on their Peoria counterpart, the Javelinas, on Friday night at Peoria Sports Complex.

Scorpions 000 100 000 1 6 0
Saguaros  102 000 00X 3 6 0
Scorpions -- Sarfate, Childress (4), Stetter (6), Schmoll (7)
Saguaros -- Huggins, Harts (6), Peterson (7), Johnston (9)
W: Hudgins (1-1); L: Sarfate (0-3); S: Johnston (1); Time: 2:15

Rafters 5, Javelinas 1
Five different Rafters had multihit games Thursday when Grand Canyon beat the Javelinas, 5-1. Jason Bartlett (MIN) and Curtis Granderson (DET) each went 2-for-4 for the Rafters. Kevin West (MIN) 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the win. The game was only two hours and six minutes long.

The Rafters' pitching shut down the Javelinas, with the exception of one unearned run. Scott Munter (SF), Mark Woodyard (DET), and David Aarsdma (SF) combined to hold the Javelinas offense scoreless for the final four innings. Paul McAnulty (SD) was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the loss for the Javelinas.

Grand Canyon gained a game on third-place Peoria with the win. The Rafters are now ahead of the Javelinas by two games.

Javelinas 000 010 000 1  6 1
Rafters   002 000 12X 5 12 2
Javelinas -- Oxspring, Bray (6), Thomas (8)
Rafters -- Schmitt, Munter (6), Woodyard (8), Aardsma (9)
W: Schmitt (1-0); L: Oxspring (1-2); Time: 2:06

Desert Dogs 6, Solar Sox 5
Three consecutive ninth-inning errors by the Mesa Solar Sox gave the Phoenix Desert Dogs a 6-5 come-from-behind win. Phoenix scored in each of the last three innings off Mesa's bullpen. Desert Dogs third baseman Mark Teahen (KC) was 2-for-5 in the win.

Phoenix manager Dean Treanor (FLA) was ejected in the sixth inning.

Down, 1-0, in the bottom of the first, the Solar Sox came back with four runs. An RBI double by Reid Gorecki (STL) tied the game and a three-run home run by fellow Cardinals prospect Chris Duncan gave Mesa a 4-1 lead.

A two-run top of the seventh inning cut the Mesa lead to one. Two bases-loaded walks made the score 5-4 Solar Sox. Phoenix left the bases loaded in the seventh, missing a chance to tie the game or take the lead, but a sacrifice fly by Buzz Hannahan (PHI) in the eighth tied the game at five.

The ninth inning began with an error on a dropped line drive by Mesa second baseman Ronny Cedeno (CHC). The Phoenix runner, Chris Roberson (PHI), then stole second base and went to third when the throw went into center field. Roberson would score to give Phoenix the lead on the third error in two batters when Cedeno dropped a high chopper.

Desert Dogs 101 000 211 6 9 1
Solar Sox   401 000 000 5 4 4
Desert Dogs -- Bucktrot, Rice (2), Bass (3), Keppinger (6), Street (8)
Solar Sox -- Thompson, Smith (4), Bajenaru (6), Speier (8)
W: Street (1-0); L: Speier (0-1); Time: 3:00

Standings
American     W  L   GB   PCT
Scorpions   16  9  ---  .640
Saguaros    10 13  5.0  .434
Solar Sox    9 15  6.5  .375

National     W  L   GB   PCT
Desert Dogs 16  8  ---  .667
Rafters     11 12  4.5  .478
Javelinas   10 15  6.5  .400

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