Thursday, October 25, 2007

Javelina's down Desert Dogs, 9-5

Reggie Corona

Phoenix 5 at Peo Javelinas 9

W: M. Nix (3-0, 3.52); L: D. Haehnel (1-1, 9.53)
HR: None.

The Game between the Phoenix Desert Dogs and the Peoria Javelinas quickly turned into a slugfest, which saw the Javelinas take 9 runs on 11 hits to come out on top.

The Javelinas got on the board in the 3rd inning when Corey Wimberly (Colorado) singled, then stole 2nd. Brett Gardner's (NY Yankees) bunt moved Wimberly to 3rd and Gardner stole 2nd. Dexter Fowler (Colorado) doubled the pair in a fly ball to center.

Phoenix answered back in the top of the 4th with Blake Davis (Baltimore) and Trevor Plouffe (Minnesota) walking. Chris Getz (Chicago White Sox) sac-bunt moved the pair into scoirng position. Oakland's Jason Delaney singled them in with a line drive. The Javelinas then took Garrett Mock (Washington) off the mound, replacing him with Rich Orta (Seattle). The change did little go as Matt Macri (Minnesota) doubled to score Delaney and put the Desert Dogs on top.

They pulled away in the 5th when Minnesota's Drew Butera singled, but was taken out on Davis' force out. Davis then stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd then Javelina catcher Jeff Clement (Seattle) overthrew the base. Plouffe singled Davis in.

But the Javelinas tied the game up in the sixth, with J.C. Holt (Atlanta) taking a single off Jess Chavez (Pittsburgh) followed by a Reegie Corona (NY Yankees) ground ball single which pushed Holt to 3rd. He came home on Yung Chi Chen (Seattle) sac-fly. Corona then stole second and scored on Gardner's line drive to left.

A wild pitch by Michael Nix (Atlanta) saw Davis, who'd been walked move over to 2nd then 3rd on Getz' fly out. Delaney would double in him to put the Dogs up by one again.

It did not stay that way long however, as Clement took a double off Baltimore's David Haehnel, who then walked Kory Castro (Washington). With 2 outs, Corona took a walk to load the bases. Chen singled a pair in. A pair of walks to Gardner and Fowler forced Corona over the plate. Fernando Hernandez (Chicago White Sox) came in to get the last out.

Sunk Ki Jung (Atlanta) and Eric Wordekemper (NY Yankees) combined to shut the Dogs offense down during the next two innings, giving Peoria the win. Meanwhile the Javelinas tacked on 2 more runs in the 8th to rub salt into the Dog's wounds.

Haehnel came away with both a blown save and a loss in the game. while Nix picked up his 3rd win of the Arizona Fall League season.

Plouffe was 1-for-3 at the plate with a run, 2 walks and an RBI. Macri was 1-for-4 with a double, and Butera was 1-for-3. Plouffe walked in the 1st, but was caught stealing with Delaney at the plate to end the side.

Pheonix plays at home against Peoria Saguaros Thursday at 12:35 PM MST.


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