Saturday, November 3, 2007

Baisley lead Dogs to late inning victory

Jeff Baisley

Scottsdale 2 at Phoenix 3 (10 innings)

W: C. Hernandez (1-0, 0.00); L: C. Muniz (0-1, 3.00)
HR: None.

Jeff Baisley (Oakland) hit his 3rd double of the season out to left field to score Matt Macri (Minnesota), giving the Phoenix Desert Dogs a dramatic 3-2 win over the Scottsdale Scorpians Friday in Phoenix.

The win gives Phoenix a 12-8 record on the season, putting them 1 game ahead of Mesa in the East Division standings with just under a dozen games left to play.

Jeff Fiorentino (Baltimore) had singled to start out the bottom of the 10th, and moved to second on sac-bunt by Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe. Macri would reach on a field's choice which took Fiorentino out at 3rd. That set the stage for Baisley to bring in the game winning run.

Scottsdale lead the game early when Sergio Santos (Toronto) doubled in the 2nd inning off former Miracle Anthony Swarzak (Minnesota). Ground outs by Mike Carp (NY Mets) and Ryan Patterson (Toronto) were a costly way for the Scorpians to go, but did get the job done as Santos came over the plate for the early lead.

That would be on the only run Swarzak would give up, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2 in 3 innings worth of work. He was replaced by Ryan Mullins (Minnesota) who worked another 3 innings, allowing 1 hit and strking out 3.

Meanwhile Greg Smith (Arizona), Eddie Camacho (NY Mets) and Tampa's Nick DeBarr combined to limit the Dogs to only 4 hits over the first 7 innings.

Scottsdale would added to their lead, but not until the 8th inning. Oakland's Jeff Gray allowed a single to John Jaso (Tampa Bay) and a walk to Reid Brignac (Tampa Bay) before hitting Aaron Cunningham (Arizona) with a pitch to load the bases. This promped a pitching change which brought in Baltimore's Bob McCrory for the Dogs. A passed ball by catcher Raul Padron (oakland) allowed Jaso to score before McCrory could retire the side.

The Scorpians would go with Scott Munter (San Francisco) in the 8th. Fiorentino would reach on a fielding error by Santos and then would steal 2nd. Plouffe's ground ball deflected off Scottdale first baseman Carp, which proved to be enough to bring Santos in. Macri drew a walk. The Scorpians then changed pitchers, going with the New York Mets' Carlos Muniz. Baisley would fly out before Jason Delaney (Pittsburgh) singled to plate Plouffe and tie the game.

A fly out and a pair of ground outs ended Scottsdale's 9th inning bid, and while Muniz did allow a single to Padron, he'd get a pick off to first and faced only three Dogs batters in the inning.

Drew Butera (Minnesota) was inserted into the game to replace Padron in the 10th, but would not get a chance at the plate. The Dog's Chris Hernandez (Pittsburgh) allowed a single to Manny Burriss (San Francisco) in the top of the 10th, but Butera caught Burriss stealing 2nd, and a Reid Brignac (Tampa Bay) fly out ended the side to bring up Phoenix for their extra inning rally.

Plouffe would end up 1-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and 1 RBI, Macri, at 3rd base, was 0-for-4 with a walk and a run.

Phoenix hosts the Peoria Javelinas Saturday at 12:35 PM MST. The Javelina's lost Friday, 11-5 to the Peoria Saguaros. Detroit's Scott Sizemore would go 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 runs and 1 RBI for the Saguaros, while catcher Nick Hundley (San Diego) drove in 3.

The Javelina's trail West division leading Surprise by 1 game, while Saguaros sits 6 games back in that division. The Solar Sox fell to the Rafters 10-3 Friday.


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