Sunday, October 28, 2007

International Play does not agree with Dogs


Phoenix 2 at Team USA 3

W: N. Musser (1-0, 0.00); L: D. Haehnel (1-2, 9.45); SV: C. Booker (1)
HR: None.

L.A.Dodger Delwyn Young was 3-for-4 at the plate with a 1 run as Team USA slid past the Phoenix Desert Dogs Saturday.

The Dogs got onto the board first, in the 4th inning, when Jeff Baisley (Oakland) singled out to center with one out and then moved over to 2nd on Matt Macri's (Minnesota) ground ball to left. A wild pitch by former Miracle Brian Duensing (Minnesota) put Baisley on 3rd. He'd come home on Andrew McCutchen's (Pittsburgh) ground out to short. Ryan Sweeney (Chicago White Sox) would pop out to end the inning.

With Jesse Chavez (Pittsburgh) on the mound for Phoenix in the bottom of the 5th, Jason Jaramillo (Philadelphia) drew a walk. Jayson Nix (Colorado) hit into a force out which took Jaramillo down at 2nd. Nix then moved to 2nd on a Colby Rasmus (St. Louis) single and to 3rd on a wild pitch. After shortstop Brian Bixler (Pittsburgh) stuck out swinging, a combination of a single by designated hitter Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay) and a throwing error by Macri, put Nix and Rasmus over the plate to give the lead to Team USA.

Phoenix tied it up again in the top of the sixth when Jason Delaney (Pittsburgh) doubled with 1 out. After Baisley struck out swinging, Macri's line drive out to center brought Delaney over the plate.

It would stay that way until the bottom of the 8th. David Haehnel (Baltimore) came into the game and took Longoria out on strikes. Young's single deflected off Cliff Pennington (Oakland) to put the Dodger's prospect onto base. Andy LaRoche (LA Dodgers) then doubled him in, giving Team USA the go ahead run.

Chris Booker, who played for Columbus of the International League last season, came in for the top of the ninth, taking Baisley out on strikes and getting Macri to ground out. He'd walk McCutchen to get at Sweeney, who struck out swinging to end the game.

Macri was 3-for-4 at the plat with 1 RBI, catcher Drew Butera was 0-for-3 at the bottom of the batting order.

Duensing finished the game with 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 1 in 2 innings, as did former Clearwater Thresher Josh Outman, who struck out 2 during his tenure on the mound.

The Dogs rest on Sunday after a tough week, and will take on the Rafters in Surprise on Monday at 12:35 PM MST.


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