Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Scottsdale blanks Phoenix

Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Swarzak

Phoenix 0 at Scottsdale 5

W: M. Prochaska (3-2, 6.55); L: A. Swarzak (1-1, 2.05)
HR: SCO: S. Santos (5), J. Jaso (3).

For a team that's going to the playoffs, Phoenix certainly didn't play like it on Tuesday. Despite 7 hits, the Desert Dogs could not get on the board, getting blanked 5-0 by the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3 over 5 innings.

The unearned run came in the 3rd, when Mike Carp (NY Mets) singled and moved to 2nd on Manny Burriss' (San Francisco) sac-bunt. A throwing error by catcher Raul Padron (Oakland) on a pick off attempt saw Carp to 3rd. He'd come in on Reid Brignac's (Tampa Bay) ground ball single.

In the 4th, with 2 outs, Nate Schierholtz (San Francisco) would single, then Swarzak would hang a pitch over the plate that Sergio Santos (Toronto) took deep over the left center field wall for his 5th home run of the AFL season. Swarzak would walk John Jaso (Tampa Bay) before getting Carp to fly out to end the inning.

Jaso would hit a single shot home run in the 7th off Jeff Gray (Oakland). Burris then drew a walk, and moved to second on Brignac's ground out before being plated by Wilkin Castillo's (Arizona) double to right.

The only time the Dogs really threatened was in the top of the 9th, when Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh) found his way to 3rd with 2 outs. But Matt Macri (Minnesota) would ground out, ending the game.

For Swarzak, it was his first loss of the AFL season. Macri, who has hit .275 on the season, was 0-for-4 at the plate.

Phoenix returns home to face the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday for a 12:35 PM game.

The Javelina's crushed the Saguaros 17-5 Tuesday, picking up 6 runs in the 4th inning off triples by Kory Castro (Washington) and Dexter Fowler (Colorado) and 8 in the 5th with the same pair hitting doubles. Surprise again failed to lock up their playoff spot, falling 4-3 to the Mesa Solar Sox.

The Rafters lead the Javelina's by 1 with 2 regular AFL season games left to play.


Twins trade: Minnesota made a deal with the Chicago Cubs to send a Player-to-be-named later to the Cubs in exchange for major league left fielder Craig Monroe. The 30-year-old Monroe hit 28 home runs for the Detroit Tigers in 2006 and five more in the post season as they reached the World Series. But the Tigers designated him for assignment in August after he batted .222 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI. After being traded to the Cubs, Monroe batted .204 with one home run in 23 games.

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