Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Errors costly in Dogs defeat

Adam Miller

Phoenix 2 at Surprise 3

W: M. Finocchi (2-0, 0.00); L: J. Gray (0-2, 5.63)
HR: SUR: S. Rodriguez (2).

The Surprise Rafter rallied back after Cleveland's Adam Miller gave up two runs to the Desert Dogs in the first, to take a late inning win.

Nyjer Morgan (Pittsburgh) singled his way onto base on a ground ball. After Chris Getz (Chicago White Sox) had popped out, Matt Macri (Minnesota) doubled, putting 2 men on. Jeff Baisley (Oakland) struck out, but Jason Delaney's (Pittsburgh) line drive to right scored the pair. Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh) would ground into a force out to end the inning.

That would be all Phoenix would get through as Miller went on to work 2 more nnings, while a series of six different relievers held the Dogs to only 3 more hits in the game.

Hayden Penn (Baltimore) made the start for Phoenix. A fielding error by Morgan put Trevor Crowe (Cleveland) on the basepaths, moving all the way to 2nd. German Duran's (Texas) line drive out to right plated him to cut the Dogs lead in half. Duran would be caught trying to stretch his hit to a double and Chris Dickerson (Cincinnati) ground out, while Craig Tatum (Cincinnati) flew out to end the inning.

James Simmons (Oakland) replaced Penn in the fourth. Sean Rodriguez (LA Angles) would greet him in the bottom of the 5th with a Rafters' home run that tied up the score.

The score would stay tied until the bottom of the ninth. A throwing error by former Miracle Trevor Plouffe (Minnesota) let Tatum onto first base. Elvis Andrus came in as a pinch runner to replace him and would move to 2nd on Kila Kaailue's (Kansas City) fly out. John Maybury's (Texas) ground out moved him to 3rd, and he scored on Ben Johnson's (LA Angels) single to end the game, giving the Rafters the win.

Macri would go 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run. Plouffe was 0-for-3. Eddie Morlan worked 1 inning for the Dogs, striking out 1.

The two teams rematch tomorrow in Phoenix for a 12:35 PM MST game.


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