Cards Arizona Fall League Notebook: 10/14/14

C.J. McElroy walked, was twice hit by pitches and swiped a pair of bases in Peoria’s 11-inning tie on Monday.

Results from the game played Monday, October 13th.

Peoria 2 at Glendale 2 (11)

The Javelinas (2-3-1) and Desert Dogs went 11 rounds on Monday but neither gained an ultimate advantage over the other, as the contest ended in a 2-2 tie.

Both of Peoria’s tallies crossed in the first on a two-run bomb by third baseman Hunter Dozier (KC) that came with shortstop and lead-off batter Francisco Lindor (CLE) aboard. Dozier and Lindor each had one of seven team hits for Peoria.

St. Louis’ only position player in the game was C.J. McElroy. The left fielder went 0-for-1 with a walk and steals of second and third. McElroy was hit by a pitch with one aboard and two out in the second where he was stranded. Peoria’s number nine batter led off the fifth trying to bunt his way on but grounded out, 5-3.

McElroy worked a seventh-inning free pass, putting two on with none out, but was erased on a 6-4-3 double-play ball by Lindor. The 21-year-old was plunked again to begin the 10th, promptly stealing second to put him in scoring position with three outs to give. Two Javelinas strikeouts later, McElroy stole third but was left there.

Mitch Harris and Chris Perry both acquitted themselves well on the bump. Harris tossed a clean sixth, working around a base-on-balls and a single with the aid of two pick offs, one by him and the other by catcher Justin O’Conner (TB). The righty followed starter Kyle Zimmer (KC), after the latter fanned 11 through five frames, yielding two hits.

While Harris successfully held Peoria’s 2-0 lead, Perry’s job was to keep Glendale from breaking a 2-2 tie after right-hander Nate Hyatt (ATL) served up a two-run blast in the eighth. Perry began the ninth by giving up a lead-off single but caught the Desert Dogs’ number two batter looking before getting the next two outs on a fly out to right and a comebacker.

The North Carolina native got two quick outs in the 10th on a sharp lineout and fly out, both to left, before making things interesting. Perry allowed a single to right and walk but ended the threat with a swinging K.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Glendale (1-3-1), 6:35 pm MST, Jaime Schultz (TB) (0-1, 22.50)

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