Sunday, November 4, 2007

Dogs slaughter Javelinas 12-5 in Phoenix

Matt Tulasosopo

Peoria Javelinas 5 at Phoenix Desert Dogs 12

W: D. Haehnel (2-2, 9.00); L: J. Woerman (1-1, 1.98)
HR: PDD: J. Baisley (3).

In a case of sports imitating nature, the Phoenix Desert Dogs ganged up and slaughtered the Peoria Javelinas, 12-5 Saturday at Phoenix Municiple Stadium.

Baltimore's Hayden Penn took the start for the Desert Dogs and kept the Javelinas off the board for the first inning before Juan Miranda (NY Yankees) hit a double to start off the 2nd inning and then traded places with Justin Maxwell (Washington), who also doubled, out to left. Devin Ivany (Washington) would ground out, and Maxwell would steal 3rd, but he'd get no further as Matt Tulasosopo (Seattle) struck out and Brandon Hicks (Atlanta) ground out to end the inning.

Penn hung on until the 4th inning when he started out issuing walks to Kory Castro (Washington) and Miranda. Maxwell would single in Castro, then steal 2nd base. Ivany would strike out, but Tulasosopo hit a soft fly ball out to right that brought in Miranda and Maxwell. Hicks would be called out on strikes, but Penn's time on the hill came to an end. David Haehnel (Baltimore) replaced him on the mound, getting J. C. Holt (Atlanta) to hit a fly ball to retire the side.

That's when the Desert Dogs' bats came alive. Ryan Sweeney (Chicago White Sox) singled and Jeff Baisley (Oakland) would reach on a force attempt after 2nd baseman Corey Wimberly (Colorado) missed a catch. Jason Delaney (Oakland) would strike out swinging, but Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh) drew a walk to load the bases. Jeff Fiorentino (Baltimore) hit a grounder that brought in Sweeney and Baisley. Catcher Donny Lucy (Chicago White Sox) put a fly ball out to center to plate McCutchen, while Fiorentino moved to 3rd on Maxwell's throw to the base. Blake Davis (Baltimore) singled and stole 2nd before a Chris Getz (Chicago White Sox) singled, plating Lucey and Davis. Getz would make to 2nd as Maxwell was slow to get the throw off again. A passed ball by Ivaney moved Getz to 3rd. Cliff Pennington (Oakland) was issued a walk, which prompted the Javelina's field manager to take a walk to the mound. Alex Morales (Washington) replaced Joseph Woerman (Seattle), but that did not end the Javelinas woes, as another passed ball by Ivany brought Getz in.

The 6th run 4th put the Dogs into the lead, but the Javelinas tried to make it up some of the difference in the 5th. A Wimberly single, a Dexter Fowler (Colorado) double and a walk to Castro, who was hit by a pitch, loaded the bases. Miranda would hit a sac-fly to plate Wimberly, but Maxwell would ground into a double play, ending the inning before the Javelina's could extract more damange.

Baisley would walk to start out the bottom of the 5th, but Delaney ground into a force out. Delaney then stole 2nd and McCutchen walked to fill up the space. Fiorentino then walked to load the bases. Lucy would strike out before a wild pitch by Morales brounght Delaney home. Davis hit a line drive to score 2 more. Morales would be replaced by former Tampa Yankee Steven White, who got Getz to fly out to end the inning.

Jake Arrieta (Baltimore) replaced Haehnel on the mound for the 6th and struck out 3 Javelinas to retire the side. Penning took a walk in the bottom of the inning, then stole 2nd. Sweeney would single him in before Baisley hit one over the left field fence to give the Desert Dogs their 12th run of the game.

While Friday's game feature 6 Twins players, Saturday's contest saw the Dogs without any Minnesota players in their line up. While this was not popular with any Twins fans tuned in for the broadcast, it is an unfortunate side effect of co-op league baseball.

The Twins kids will take two days off as the League takes Sunday off. Phoenix travels to the Peoria Sports Complex to face the Javelinas again on Monday for an evening (7:05 PM MST) game.


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