11/10/2004 12:09 AM ET
Nov. 9: AFL game recaps
Saguaros 8, Desert Dogs 6
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Red Sox prospects Manny Delcarmen and Sheldon Fulse sparked the Saguaros to a 8-6 win over the Desert Dogs. Delcarmen pitched 2 2/3 solid innings and held the Desert Dogs to only one hit, earning his second win of the AFL season. Fulse led Peoria's offense with three hits and scored one run. The Saguaros have won five straight games and are in pursuit of the first-place Scorpions for a playoff spot.
The Desert Dogs jumped ahead early when Mark Teahen (KC) blasted a two-run home run in the first inning for an early 2-0 lead. Phoenix scored two more runs in the second inning to increase their lead to 4-0. The offense was held to five hits in the final seven innings and they would only push across two more runs. Omar Quintanilla (OAK) continued to swing a hot bat, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Peoria's offense continued to be hot from top to bottom as it combined for 14 hits. Wayne Lydon (NYM), Chase Lambin (NYM), Aaron Hill (TOR), Jason Botts (TEX) and J.R. House (PIT) each had two hits. Botts belted a home run, his fourth of the season. Toronto prospect John Hattig added a triple that drove in three runs. Closer Jeff Miller (PIT) earned his fourth save behind 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.
Saguaros 001 034 000 8 14 2
Desert Dogs 220 100 010 6 9 0
Saguaros: Deaton, Delcarmen (4), Lorenzo (7), Miller (8). Desert Dogs: Fulchino, Rouwenhorst (5), McNutt (6), Bergman (6), Wilkerson (8), Giese (9). W: Delcarmen (2-2); L: McNutt (2-1); S: Miller (4); Time: 2:53.
Javelinas 11, Solar Sox 6
Six runs in the eighth inning for the Javelinas broke a close game wide open and gave Peoria an 11-6 win. Five different Javelinas had multihit games in the win over the Mesa Solar Sox. Landon Stockman (CLE) picked up the win after pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Down, 6-5, in the bottom of the eighth the Javelinas had two outs and nobody on base when they had six consecutive hits. Eli Whiteside (BAL) hit a three-run home run and Jason Cooper (CLE) hit a two-run double. Six runs scored in the eighth for Peoria as the Javelinas batted around.
The Solar Sox managed to score one run in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Delmon Young (TB).
Peoria leadoff hitter Ben Johnson (SD) was 3-for-5 and Cooper was 4-for-5 in the win. Whiteside and Jerry Owens (MTL) each had two hits.
Solar Sox 002 200 101 6 8 0
Javelinas 012 010 16x 11 16 1
Solar Sox: Walton, Cavazos (3), Hines (5), Bajenaru (7), Speier (8), Smith (8). Javelinas: Stahl, Evert (4), Ramsey (7), Stockman (7), Baker (9). W: Stockman (1-2); L: Speier (0-2); Time: 2:50.
Rafters 8, Scorpions 6
In a battle of the two teams that share Scottsdale Stadium, the Rafters beat the Scorpions, 8-6, on Tuesday night. The win puts the Rafters 2 1/2 games behind first-place Phoenix in the National Division, and with the loss the Scorpions now only have a two-game lead over the second-place Saguaros in the American Division. Kevin West (MIN) was 3-for-4 in the win for Grand Canyon.
Corey Myers (AZ) hit a triple over the center fielder's head to score Tommy Whiteman (HOU) and give Scottsdale a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Scorpions would take a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Rickie Weeks (MIL) in the second inning.
Grand Canyon took a 4-3 lead after scoring four runs in the fourth inning. The big hit in the rally came when Rob Bowen (MIN) tripled with the bases loaded. A throwing error by Rafters shortstop Jason Bartlett (MIN) in the top of the sixth allowed Scottsdale's Russ Martin (LA) to score, tying the game at four.
A two-run home run in the top of the seventh by James Loney (LA) gave the Scorpions the lead, 6-5. An RBI single by Lance Niekro (SF) tied the game at six in the bottom of the seventh, and a Kevin West (MIN) single later in the inning scored two runs to give the Rafters an 8-6 lead. The two-run cushion was enough for David Aardsma to pick up his second save.
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Rafters 000 401 30X 8 11 4
Scorpions: Housman, Gothreaux (4), Coffey (7). Rafters: Miner, Begg (5), Julianel (7), Kirsten (8), Aardsma (9). W: Julianel (2-0); L: Coffey (3-1); S: Aardsma (2); Time: 3:05.
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