On Tuesday afternoon, the Glendale Desert Dogs took on the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium in the 24th and 25th game of the Arizona Fall League, respectively.
Scorpions 13, Desert Dogs 3
- Carson Kelly (C): 1-2, 2 BB
- Paul DeJong (SS): 0-4, 3 K
- Corey Littrell (RP): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Getting a lead early in baseball games is typically a key component to winning said games, and the Scorpions took that to heart on Tuesday by plating ten runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 13-3 rout of the Desert Dogs. With the win, the Scorpions are 10-14 to date, while the ‘Dogs dropped to 11-13 with the defeat.
Dodgers prospect Chris Anderson started the game for the Desert Dogs, and he was removed from the game after throwing 25 pitches -- and not recording an out. Anderson was ultimately charged with eight runs (seven earned) in the Scorpions’ impactful inning and saw his earned run average through five starts this exhibition season jump to 13.85.
In terms of manufacturing runs, Scorpions infielder Mitch Walding, a Phillies farmhand, led his team’s effort on Tuesday. Walding, who tallied 37 extra-base hits and a .269 batting average through 123 regular season games, went 2-for-5 with a homer -- his first of the Arizona Fall League -- and was credited for tallying four of his club’s thirteen runs.
As for Cardinals in this game, catcher Carson Kelly recorded one hit before being lifted after three plate appearances, shortstop Paul DeJong went 0-for-4 with three punchouts, and Corey Littrell highlighted the day from St. Louis’ perspective with four strikeouts and just one run over three innings.
On Wednesday, the Desert Dogs will face the Salt River Rafters at Salt River Fields at about 3:30 p.m. CT. In this contest, the ‘Dogs will send Austin Voth of the Nationals to the hill to oppose Rafters hurler Zach Jeimola, who resides in the Rockies’ organization.