Results from the game played Wednesday, November 12th.
The Javelinas bullpen’s failure to hold three separate leads eventually resulted in a 6-5 loss to Mesa in 11. Coupled with a win by Surprise, Peoria (14-14-3) drops to a game behind the first-place Saguaros with one to play. The winner of their head-to-head matchup on Thursday will represent the West Division in Saturday’s AFL title game.
Two Cardinals were among the three Javelinas hurlers charged with a blown save: Sam Tuivailala and Mitch Harris. Harris also took the loss, giving up a walk-off bomb to the first batter faced in the 11th after yielding a tally on two singles that re-tied the score at 5-5 in the 10th.
Tuivailala (BS, 2) went to the mound in the ninth to protect the 4-3 advantage his team had just taken in the top of the frame. Instead, the righty surrendered singles to three of his first four batters faced, the last one sending the game into extras.
Jaime Schultz (TB) went the first four, limiting the Solar Sox (15-14-1) to a run on one hit despite issuing five free passes. He exited with his squad up 2-1, but that lasted only until Nick Maronde (BS, 1) took the mound the next innings.
Maronde (CLE) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the first of his two-inning stint but slipped the hook for the loss when Peoria scored in the visitors half of the seventh, evening the score at three all. Cleveland right-hander Louis Head was the only Peoria pitcher not scored upon, shutting down Mesa on a hit over two and was in line for the win after his team took their second lead in the top of the ninth.
Catcher Cody Stanley had an outstanding day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two knocked in. His last single put Peoria up 5-4 in the top of the 10th and would have been the game-winner. Stanley singled in his previous at bat in the ninth when the visitors loaded the bases with none out but failed to capitalize on the opportunity to expand upon their one-run lead.
On the other end of the performance spectrum, first baseman Jacob Wilson would likely just like to forget his 0-for-6 day. Wilson fanned twice, leaving one in scoring position.
C.J. McElroy and Breyvic Valera made brief appearances for the Javelinas. McElroy pinch ran for second baseman Tony Wolters (CLE) after the latter worked a one-out base-on-balls in the 11th. McElroy swiped his seventh bag but was stranded at second. Valera took over at second in the bottom of the inning, which did not last very long.
Thursday’s game: at Surprise (16-14-1), 12:35 pm MST, Aaron Northcraft (ATL) (1-3, 2.60)
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