Monday, October 15, 2007

Phoenix wins in Scottsdale, falls to Surprise

Nick Blackburn

Phoenix 4 at Surpise 5

W: D. Austen (1-0, 0.00); L: B. Kilby (0-1, 7.71); SV: N. Hoelscher (1)
HR: PDD: J. Baisley (1). SUR: J. Mayberry 2 (3), C. Dickerson (1).

Ranger's prospect John Mayberry launched a two-run blast in the first, then snapped a 4-4 tie with a solo shot in the eighth to led the Surprise Rafters over the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon. The 23-year-old outfielder had a career-high three homers and seven RBIs on April 26 with Class A Advanced Bakersfield and had a two-homer game on July 11 with Double-A Frisco.

Mayberry's first yarder came off former Miracle starter Nick Blackburn, who was making his Arizona Fall League debute. A ball deflected off Blackburn which allowed Chris Dickerson (Cincinnati) onto base on a line drive single. These was a delay as Blackburn was checked, but he was able to continue, giving up a single to German Duran (Texas). He would take Michael Aubrey (Cleveland) out on strikes before Mayberry stepped up the plate. Dickerson decided this was a good time to steal 3rd and made a run for it, but Phoenix catcher Donny Lucy (Chi White Sox) fired the ball to 3rd baseman Jeffrey Baisley (Oakland) to stop the runner. No one could stop Mayberry though, who's ball cleared the left center field wall. Blackburn would then take Chris Lubanski (Kansas City) out on strikes to end the inning.

In the bottom of the second, Miami, Fl, native Sean Rodriguez (LA Angels) greeted Blackburn with a double. Taylor Teagarden (Texas) ground out, but moved Rodriguez to 3rd. He'd come home on a Jose Duarte (Kansas City) sac-fly. Elvis Andrus (Texas), the brother of former Miracle oufielder Errol Andrus, struck out to end the inning and Blackburn's short stint on the mound.

That gives Blackburn, who has a good chance of landing a role on the Twins next season, a 13.50 ERA to open the short fall season.

Trevor Plouffe played at short again for the Desert Dogs, and was 1-for-3 at the plate. Plouffe singled in the top of the 2nd but was left stranded when Lucy flew out to retire the side.

Plouffe would fly out in the top of the 3rd, drew a walk off the rafter's Von Stertzbach (LA Angels) in the top of the 6th, and reached on a fielding error in the top of the 8th.

Rochester's Matt Macri was brought into the game in the bottom of the ninth, replacing Baltimore's Jeff Fiorentino in the line up as the Dog's tried to capitalize on Nolan Reimold's (Baltimore) Walk to tie the score, but Macri struck out swinging to end the game.


Late Friday:

Scottsdale 5 at Phoenix 7

W: J. Johnson (1-0, 0.00); L: R. Romero (0-1, 13.50); SV: B. McCrory (2)
HR: SCO: E. Longoria (3). PDD: R. Padron (1).

Oakland's Raul Padron was 3-for-4 at the plate with 1 run, 2 RBI's and a home run to lead the Desert Dogs over the Scottsdale Scorpions, 7-5.

Twins prospect Trevor Plouffe was 1-for-2 with a walk off New York's Adam Bostick (Mets) in the 2nd inning, Plouffe's single came in the bottom of the 8th.

His best contribution came in the sixth, when his sac-bunt moved fellow Twins prospect Matt Macri to 3rd and Padron to 2nd. Macri would then score on Cliff Pennington's (Oakland) sac fly.

Macri was otherwise 0-for-3 at the plate with a pop out, a stike out, and ground out.

Eduardo Morlan pitched the top of the 6th inning, getting Mike Carp (NY Mets) and Sergio Santos (Toronto) to fly out, before allowing singles to John Jaso (Tampa Boy) and Nate Schierholtz (San Francisco). He would get Eugenio Velez (San Franscisco) to ground out though to end the inning.

The league takes Sunday off. Phoenix will take on the Peoria Saguaros, Monday at 7:05 M.S.T.


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