Friday, October 26, 2007

Blackburn puts Desert Dogs back in win column

Trevor Plouffe
Trevor Plouffe with his surfer dude hair, circa 2005

Peo Saguaros 2 at Phoenix 8

W: N. Blackburn (2-0, 3.00); L: R. Nolasco (0-1, 5.40)
HR: None.

The Phoenix Desert Dogs got back into the win column on Thursday. Former Miracle Nick Blackburn (Minnesota) allowed only 1 hit and walked 1 in 4 innings in route to the win.

Phoenix was feeling muscular early with Andrew MucCutchen (Pittsburgh) singling his way onto base in the 2nd inning, then coming home on Nolan Reimold's (Baltimore) double. Trevor Plouffe (Minnesota) then traded places with Reimold, doubling out to center. Donny Lucy's (Chicago White Sox) fly ball single saw Plouffe across the plate, to give the Dogs an early 3 run lead.

The Dogs added to their lead in the 4th with McCutchen drawing a walk, then stealing his way to 2nd. Plouffe then singled him in, and was awarded 2nd on Xavier Paul's (LA Dodgers) throw. Lucy hit a pop up single to the middle infield that plated Plouffe.

Cliff Pennington (Oakland) singled his way onto the bags in the 5th, then came home on Jason Delaney's (Oakland) triple. Jeff Baisley (Oakland) sac-fly brought Delany into give the Dogs a 7-0 lead.

Peoria finally found some offense in the 8th against Oakland's Brad Kilby. Jeff Larish (Detroit) reached on fielding error by Pennington. With 2 outs, Larish moved to 2nd on Tuffy Gosewisch's (Philadelphia) single, then came home of Paul's line drive out to center.

The Dogs took it back in the bottom of the inning, with Baisly walking, and moving to 2nd on Matt Macri's (Minnesota) line drive. McCutchen's ground out moved him to 3rd and he'd cross the plate when Reimold ground out to short.

Florida's Chris Coghlan started off the Saguaros short lived rally in the top of the 9th, finding his way onto the bags with a ground ball, then moving to 2nd on Jeff Gray's (Oakland) wild pitch. He took on 3rd on Will Venable's (San Diego) ground out, and cross the plate while Mike Costanzo (Philadelphia) was also grounding out to first. Brett Hayes (Florida) would double and Larish would walk, but Greg Golson's (Philadelphia) fly out ended the contest.

Macri would finish up 1-for-4, Plouffe would be 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Eddie Morlan (Minnesota) pitched the 6th and 7th inning, striking out 2 of the 7 batters he faced.

Phoenix faces Team China tomorrow at 12:00 PM MST. The Rising Stars game starts at 7:05 PM. Phoenix plays Team USA on Saturday.

Team USa fell to the Javelina's Thursday, 8-6. Brian Duensing, the Twins lone representative on Team USA, did not pitch in the contest.


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