On Thursday afternoon, the Glendale Desert Dogs hosted the Mesa Solar Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, in the Desert Dogs’ fifteenth game of the Arizona Fall League.
Solar Sox 10, Desert Dogs 7
- Carson Kelly (C): 2-2, 2 BB, 2 R
- Harrison Bader (LF): 1-5, RBI
- Corey Littrell (RP): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
A faulty bullpen was the culprit of the Desert Dogs’ defeat on Thursday, as the club’s pitching staff surrendered seven runs across the final three innings of the ballgame to the Solar Sox, who won the contest by a 10-7 final score.
Three of Glendale’s most durable relievers -- Nick Lee, Ralston Cash, and Ryan Brinley -- were responsible for the seven runs. Lee and Brinley are teammates together in the farm system of the Nationals, where they both had solid years on the pitching mound.
Lee appeared in 45 games out of the ‘pen at the minor-league level in 2016 and was a little shaky on the command front, see his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 55:42. Brinley was a closer for a portion of his ’16 campaign, during which he managed to collected fifteen saves. With Brinley, what’s most flattering to about him is low walk rate, one that resulted in a flattering K:BB ratio of 38:9.
Cash of the Dodgers’ organization fared much differently in this game than his season statistics would have suggested. After allowing just two long balls across 69 innings pitched between the Double-A and-Triple-A levels this year, Cash was tagged for two homers as part of the Solar Sox two-run seventh inning.
On the Cardinals’ front, backstop Carson Kelly, left-fielder Harrison Bader, and Corey Littrell all appeared in the game. Kelly went 2-for-2, Bader went 1-for-5, and Littrell punched out the only batter he faced.
At about 1:35 p.m CT, the Desert Dogs will host the Salt River Rafters at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. For the hometown ‘Dogs, Austin Voth from the Nationals will be sent to the rubber. In 27 games (25 starts), Voth owned an ERA 3.15 and logged 157 innings at the minor league level this year. Voth’s counterpart will be Zack Jemiola, who whiffed 92 batters and allowed 91 runs in 2016.