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Arizona Fall League: Paul DeJong Doubles in Desert Dogs Win

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Cardinals infielder went 2-for-3 with his first two-bagger of the AFL on Saturday.

Paul DeJong doubled in Saturday's game.
Paul DeJong doubled in Saturday's game.
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On Saturday afternoon, the Glendale Desert Dogs hosted the Scottsdale Scorpions at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

Desert Dogs 4, Scorpions 3

  • Paul DeJong (SS): 2-3, 2B, BB, 2 R
  • Harrison Bader (PH-CF): 0-1

A two-run homer from catcher Zack Collins in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Desert Dogs just enough of an edge to win Saturday’s ballgame, 4-3.

Collins, a backstop in the White Sox organization, crushed his second long ball of the Arizona Fall League to give the Desert Dogs the one-run lead that they went on to win the contest by. During the regular season, the left-handed-hitting Collins slashed .244/.396/.435 with thirteen extra-base hits and 33 walks across 39 games in Chicago’s farm system.

Saturday’s starting pitchers, Nolan Sanburn and Bordy Koerner, each turned in respectable outings, as Sanburn allowed three runs over five innings, and Koerner was tagged for two tallies across four frames. Ultimately, Desert Dogs hurler Colton Turner picked up the win, as he logged 2 1/3 scoreless innings to follow up Sanburn’s performance, while Scorpions pitcher Eduardo Paredes surrendered the two-run homer to Collins and was charged with the loss.

Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader were the only Cardinals to appear in Saturday’s game, and DeJong was the lone starter. DeJong, who served as the shortstop, went 2-for-3 with his first double of the exhibition season, while Bader recorded an out in his pinch-hit appearance.

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As you probably know if you’ve been following these reports, Sunday is a league-wide off day in the Arizona Fall League. The Desert Dogs will continue play on Monday with a game against the Mesa Solar Sox. In the contest that is slated to start at 1:35 p.m. CT, Chris Anderson of the Dodgers’ organization will face off with Athletics hurler Dylan Covey, who will take the mound for the Solar Sox.