11/19/2004 12:15 AM ET
Nov. 18: AFL game recaps
Rafters 9, Saguaros 0
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Fourteen hits by the Rafters led them to a 9-0 win over the Peoria Saguaros. Eric Schmitt (NYY) pitched five shutout innings and picked up his second win on the final day of the Arizona Fall League season. Both teams finished the 2004 season in second place in their respective divisions.
Grand Canyon's Mitch Jones (NYY) was 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the win. Jones hit a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning to cap off a four-run rally for the Rafters. His solo home run in the eighth gave Grand Canyon an 8-0 lead.
Five players each had one hit for the Saguaros. Francisco Rosario (TOR) took the loss after allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Saguaros 000 000 000 0 5 0
Rafters 020 004 111 9 14 0
Saguaros: Rosario, Harts (5), Perkins (7), Lorenzo (8). Rafters: Schmitt, Rodney (6), Munter (7), Julianel (8), Aardsma (9). W: Schmitt (2-0); L: Rosario (0-1). Time: 2:21.
Javelinas 10, Desert Dogs 9
The Javelinas were able to end their losing season on a high note with an extra-inning win over the Desert Dogs. The Javelinas led, 8-2, at one point, but Phoenix scored six runs in the final three frames to force extra innings. Jason Cooper (CLE) had the game-winning RBI in the tenth inning.
While the season ended for Peoria, Thursday was the final tune-up before Saturday's Championship game for Phoenix. The Desert Dogs' offense had 10 hits, including two each by Jeremy Hermida (FLA), John Baker (OAK) and Jeremy Brown (OAK).
The Javelinas' offense pounded out 17 hits in the win. Shin-Soo Choo (SEA) was 3-for-5, and Greg Dobbs (SEA) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Josh Barfield (SD) finished his strong season with two RBIs, going 3-for-4. The Peoria pitching staff had a record-high 6.40 ERA this season.
Desert Dogs 000 120 231 0 9 10 2
Javelinas 240 200 100 1 10 17 1
Javelinas: Huber, Denham (5), Thomas (7), Stockman (7), Speihs (8). Desert Dogs: McNutt, Bergmann (2), Rice (5), Glese (6), Keppenger (8), Messenger (9). W: Bergmann (3-3); L: Messenger (2-1). Time: 3:10.
Scorpions 5, Solar Sox 2
Astros prospect Michael Burns pitched five solid innings leading the Scorpions to a 5-2 win. Burns allowed only two runs while striking out six Solar Sox batters. Fellow Astro Tommy Whiteman drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run double in the third inning.
The Solar Sox two runs came off the bats of Cardinals prospects Gabe Johnson and John Nelson, who each hit a home run. Reid Gorecki (STL) led the offense with three hits, including a double. Cubs teammates Adam Greenberg and Jake Fox had two hits apiece.
Brian Peterson (CIN) was perfect at the plate with two hits, two walks and a run scored for Scottsdale. Jason Bulger (AZ) earned his fifth save of the season. The Scorpions play the Desert Dogs Saturday in a one-game playoff determining the 2004 Arizona Fall League champion.
Scorpions 103 100 000 5 6 0
Solar Sox 010 010 000 2 10 1
Scorpions: Burns, Costello (6), Gothreaux (8), Bulger (9). Solar Sox: Parker, Hines (5), Rohlicek (7), Smith (8), Cali (9). W: Burns (1-1); L: Parker (1-4); S: Bulger (5). Time: 2:08.
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