11/13/2004 12:41 PM ET
Nov. 13: AFL game notes
|AFL Media Relations
Javelinas @ Rafters 1:05 p.m.
RHP Seung Song (0-1) vs. RHP Scott Baker (0-1)
Scorpions @ Saguaros 1:05 p.m.
RHP Mike Schultz (1-1) vs. RHP Jason Arnold (2-1)
Desert Dogs @ Solar Sox 1:05 p.m.
LHP Michael Stadolka (1-2) vs. LHP Zach Parker (1-2)
MONDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Javelinas @ Solar Sox 1:05 p.m.
LHP Richard Stahl (0-2) vs. TBA
Desert Dogs @ Saguaros 1:05 p.m.
RHP Keith Bucktrot (1-1) vs. LHP Kason Gabbard (1-1)
Rafters @ Scorpions 1:05 p.m.
LHP Macay McBride (0-0) vs. LHP Jeff Housman (0-1)
SATURDAY'S GAMES: The Arizona Fall league's 13th season continues with a triple header the Rafters host the Javelinas, the Scorpions travel to Peoria to face the Saguaros and the Solar Sox host the Desert Dogs at Mesa Hohokam park....first pitch for all three games is 1:05 p.m. Each team will play 38 games and the winners of the two divisions will meet in a one-game championship on November 20th at Scottsdale Stadium.
Mike Piazza Autographed Jersey Auction: MLB.com is hosting an online auction and the proceeds will be contributed in Dernell Stenson's name to the recipient of the Sportsmanship award winner's favorite charity. This year, the AFL has donated a one-of-a-kind AFL jersey worn by Mike Piazza in 1993 and later autographed by the Met's All-Star catcher.
Arizona Fall League Welcomes: The AFL welcomes Tim Andrade to today's Desert Dogs-Solar Sox game. Tim was the winner of the Fall Leagues Dream Day promotion sponsored by Major League Baseball. Fans were able to enter the sweepstakes on their favorite team's website. In addition to throwing out the first pitch, Tim will get an inside look at the Arizona Fall League and get a chance to spend time with the prospects from his favorite team, the Anaheim Angels.
Q & A: Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Freddy Sanchez will be answering your questions on MLB.com. Log on to the website today and send in your questions then stay tuned for their responses.
Just Jones: Grand Canyon pounded out 15 hits in a 12-7 win over the Peoria Javelinas Friday at Peoria Sports Complex. Six different players had two hits for the Rafters. Mitch Jones (NYY) led the way, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs in the win. Grand Canyon took a 5-0 lead with five runs in the third inning. Jones had a hit that scored two of his four RBIs in the rally. Grand Canyon's win keeps them 2.5 games behind the first place Phoenix Desert Dogs with five games to play.
OUTSTANDING Obenchain: The Phoenix Desert Dogs held off a late rally by the Mesa Solar Sox to capture a 5-4 win and hold their ground on a surging Grand Canyon Rafters team heading into the final week of the season. Phoenix broke it open in the bottom of the second, capitalizing on a solo shot by Mike Napoli (ANA) and an errant throw to first base scoring Jeremy Hermida (FLA) and Nick Gorneault (ANA) to give the Dogs a 4-1 advantage. Starting pitcher Steve Obenchain (OAK) pitched five innings giving up six hits while holding Mesa to one earned run. Hermida led the Phoenix offense with two hits including a double.
House Call: Four Scottsdale errors helped the Peoria Saguaros beat the Scorpions 6-0 Friday night. J.R. House (PIT) was 3-for-4 for Peoria. With the win, the Saguaros are only one game behind Scottsdale for first place in the Arizona Fall League American Division. After a quick first three innings, back to back doubles by Brett Harper (NYM) and House gave the Saguaros a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Peoria scored again in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Sheldon Fulse (BOS).
MLB.com: Log on to MLB.com for the latest news on the Arizona Fall League. Click on the Minors tab to access the Fall League website where you will find player journals, stories and more. You can sign up for an Arizona Fall League weekly newsletter emailed directly to your inbox.
Hall of Fame: The Arizona Fall League continues its tradition of honoring former player and managers by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. This years inductees are Garret Anderson (Rafters), Albert Pujols (Scorpions) and Tony Peña Sr. (Saguaros). Anderson's ceremony (10/29) and Peña's ceremony (11/3) were both completed at Scottsdale Stadium. The ceremony for Albert Pujols will be postponed until the 2005 Arizona Fall League season. Due to Pujols' extended season participating in the World Series and his prior commitment to the Nike Tour, there was not sufficient time to schedule for the 2004 AFL season. We look forward to honoring him next year.
Championship Game: The winner of the National Division and the American Division will face off for a one game playoff to determine the 2004 AFL Championship. The Championship game will be played at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, November 20th at 1:05 pm. The winner of the Joe Black MVP Award will be presented in a pre-game ceremony.
Promotion Corner: Saturday, November 20th the Arizona Fall League will be giving fans a chance to win autographed baseball's from the AFL class of 1994. Autographs include: Jason Giambi, Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Grudzielanek, Joe Randa, Bobby Higginson, Brian Giles, Phil Nevin, Trot Nixon and Jason Kendall. All fans in attendance will have an equal chance of winning. Winner's will be selected via lucky numbers.
Sportsmanship Award: MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the Arizona Fall League (AFL), regarded throughout professional baseball as the "graduate school" for Major League Baseball's top prospects, announced Wednesday, November 3rd the creation of the Dernell Stenson AFL Sportsmanship Award.
This new annual award, named for Dernell Stenson, a 2003 player in the AFL who was tragically killed, will be given to the AFL player who demonstrates the qualities that Dernell brought to the ball park every day; a quiet, hard-nosed attitude, a player who does his job without complaint, who - as many who played with Dernell said - played the game the way it was meant to be played.
The managers, coaches and players from each of the six AFL teams will nominate one player each year. The AFL, in conjunction with MLB.com will then select a winner from the six nominees. The winner will be presented with a commemorative plaque in a special on-field presentation on November 18th, the final day of the AFL regular season.
MLB.com will also host an online auction later this month and the proceeds will be contributed in Dernell Stenson's name to the award winner's favorite charity. This year, the AFL has donated a one-of-a-kind AFL jersey worn by Mike Piazza in 1993 and later autographed by the Met's All-Star catcher.
"Dernell's death was a very difficult situation for the league," said Steve Cobb, Executive Vice President of the Arizona Fall League. "We suffered a tremendous loss but we came together as a family last year. At this point, we want to remember the contributions Dernell Stenson made to this league, in his work ethic and his dedication to the game. We think this is a fitting way to remember Dernell and we are pleased to work hand-in-hand with MLB.com to make this happen."
Weekly Honors: Texas Rangers prospect Matt Lorenzo and Oakland Athletics prospect Omar Quintanilla were named the Arizona Fall League's Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, for the week of November 1- November 6.
Peoria pitcher Matt Lorenzo (TEX) ranks in the top five for league leaders with a 1.89 ERA. In 20 innings pitched he has allowed only four earned runs while striking out 14 batters. For the week, Lorenzo pitched three innings of three-hit ball. He allowed no runs and earned his first save of the season. His performance has been crucial to the Saguaros push for the playoffs.
Phoenix Desert Dogs Omar Quintanilla ranks in the top three in the league with a .393 average (16-for-64). Quintanilla finished the week 10-for-18 with a double, three runs scored and five RBIs. His offense has helped keep the Desert Dogs in first place in the National Division.
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