11/08/2004 9:36 PM ET
Nov. 8: AFL game recaps
Saguaros 14, Desert Dogs 4
After their fourth consecutive win, the Peoria Saguaros are only three games behind the first place Scottsdale Scorpions with nine games to play. The Saguaros had 18 hits in a 14-4 win over the Phoenix Desert Dogs Monday at Peoria Sports Complex. Aaron Hill (TOR) was 3-for-5 and Freddy Sanchez (PIT) was 3-for-6 in the win.
Phoenix got on the board first when Omar Quintanilla (OAK) tripled to score Athletics' teammate John Baker and give the Desert Dogs a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. The Saguaros tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles by Vito Chiaravalloti (TOR) and Joe Hietpas (NYM).
The Desert Dogs had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth inning, but only scored once on a Jason Perry (OAK) walk to take a 3-2 lead.
Four runs in the bottom of the sixth gave the Saguaros a three-run lead. Chiaravalloti's RBI double tied the game at three, and a single by Hietpas scored Chiaravalloti to give Peoria a 4-3 lead. Walks with the bases loaded by Hill and Jason Botts (TEX) gave Peoria a 6-3 lead.
The Saguaros scored six runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to seal the win.
Desert Dogs 002 001 100 4 8 4
Saguaros 000 204 62X 14 18 0
Desert Dogs- Stodolka, Bass (5), Rice (7), Messenger (7).
Saguaros- Arnold, Peterson (5), Johnston (6), Littleton (7).
W- Johnston (1-1) L- Bass (0-1) S- None Time: 3:03.
Rafters 13, Scorpions 7
Lead off hitter Jason Bartlett (MIN) reached base six times, drove in four runs and scored three times to lead the Rafters to a 13-7 win over the Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium. Starter Macay McBride (ATL) had a solid outing. McBride pitched four innings allowing only two runs on five hits. Relief pitcher Scott Munter (SF) earned his second win of the season behind two innings of three-hit ball.
The Rafters got off to a quick start scoring two runs in the first inning. They scored 10 more runs over the next five innings padding their lead 13-3. A late run by the Scorpions would not be enough as they could not overcome their ten run deficit.
Designated hitter Kevin Thompson (NYY) added two hits in the Rafters win. Thompson hit two doubles, drove in three runs and scored twice. Third base prospect Lance Niekro (SF) finished 2-for-4 including a double and three RBIs.
Scottsdale's offense was driven by Brewers prospect Rickie Weeks. Weeks went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and a stolen base. He scored three of the Scorpions seven runs. Jason Repko (LA), along with Diamondbacks prospects Conor Jackson and Cory Myers combined for seven of the Scorpions 13 hits. Diamondbacks pitching prospect Mike Schultz shut down the Rafters offense. Schultz held Grand Canyon scoreless in three innings of work.
Grand Canyon gained a game on the National Division leading Phoenix Desert Dogs with their win. Grand Canyon is now only 3 ½ games out of first place.
Rafters 241 141 000 13 14 1
Scorpions 020 010 310 7 13 2
Rafters: McBride, Munter (5), Rodney (7), Woodyard (8), Crain (9).
Scorpions: Costello, Childress (2), Stetter (5), Schultz (7).
W-Munter (2-0). L-Costello (1-1). S-None. Time: 2:39.
Solar Sox 2, Javelinas 1
In a game that took just over two hours to play, the Mesa Solar Sox beat the Peoria Javelinas 2-1. Mesa outfielder Reid Gorecki (STL) was 2-for-4 and Delmon Young (TB) was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Zack Parker (COL) was the winning pitcher after pitching six scoreless innings.
The Javelinas had the tying run on base in the ninth inning, but Carmen Cali (STL) was able to close the game for his fourth save. Down 2-0 in the top of the ninth, Paul McAnulty (SD) hit an RBI single to score Mike Huggins (BAL) with Peoria's first run. Two consecutive outs with McAnulty on base ended the game.
Seung Song (MTL) took the loss after allowing one run in four innings of work.
Javelinas 000 000 001 1 6 1
Solar Sox 010 010 00X 2 5 0
Javelinas- Song, Bergmann (5), Thomas (7), Spiehs (8).
Solar Sox- Parker, Rohlicek (7), Cali (9).
W- Parker (1-2) L- Song (1-2) S- Cali (4) Time: 2:05.
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