Results from the game played Wednesday, October 29th.
A ninth-inning rally pushed Peoria (7-11-2) past Glendale 5-4, bringing the Javelinas to within a game of the first-place Desert Dogs.
Trailing 2-1 and down to their last three outs, Peoria used three hits, a walk and a sac fly to generate four runs. The big blow was a two-run triple by Jacob Wilson that broke a two-all tie after right fielder Edward Salcedo (ATL) doubled in shortstop Francisco Lindor (CLE). Wilson scored what proved to be the difference-making tally on a sac fly by Tampa Bay’s Kes Carter.
Wilson busted out of his slump with a 2-for-4 performance, accounting for four of his team’s five runs with two runs scored and the aforementioned two RBI. The 24-year-old lined a single up the middle with two outs in the second, advanced on a wild pitch and raced home on a single by Carter. Wilson manned first and hit sixth.
St. Louis’ other representative in the line-up was second baseman Breyvic Valera, who led off. Valera was hitless in four at bats but reached on a third-inning force out and swiped his third bag. After moving on to third via a single, the 22-year-old was stranded there when Lindor grounded into a double play.
Indians right-hander Grant Sides struck out two of three faced in the eighth, picking up his first win and extending his scoreless streak to eight innings over seven appearances. Zach Cooper (TB) got the save despite yielding two runs on three hits while Dodgers righty Blake Smith took the loss.
Sides and Cooper pitched in support of the Cardinals’ Tyrell Jenkins who surrendered three hits and two bases-on-balls, resulting in a run in his fourth and final inning of work. Jenkins threw 65 pitches, 37 for strikes, and garnered five ground- to one fly-ball outs with one strikeout.
Brian Walton’s commentary
Though Jenkins was in control, the one run allowed in four innings actually increased his XFL ERA to 1.56 in four starts. The tall right-hander’s fastball was in the 91-93 mph range, touching 94, but what was most impressive to me was that he was using his off-speed pitches almost half the time. That extended his innings a bit, but I considered the diversity a good sign.
As noted above, Wilson was the hitting star. Prior to his first hit, he had two long fouls down the right field line before dropping a ball into short center. His two-run triple was a screamer into right field. Like I said yesterday, the box scores said Wilson was in a slump, but he has been hitting the ball hard. Eventually good things result.
The end was wild, as Glendale took back two of the three-run lead Wilson helped build. In the home ninth, the potential winning run was at the plate with one out, when a 5-4-3 double play including Valera and Wilson joining at the end completed the game.
Thursday’s game: vs. Glendale (8-10-1), 12:35 pm MST, Dylan Baker (CLE) (0-1, 12.46)
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