Cards Arizona Fall League Notebook: 11/14/14

The Peoria Javelinas won the AFL West Division on the final day as second baseman Breyvic Valera contributed two hits and an RBI.

Results from the game played Thursday, November 13th.

Peoria 5 at Surprise 2

Peoria pounced on the Saguaros’ bullpen, resulting in a 5-2 victory that sends them to the Arizona Fall League title game. That nationally-televised contest versus East Division champ Salt River will take place on Saturday, November 15th at 1:08 pm MST at the home of the Rafters. It has been quite a comeback for the 15-14-3 Javelinas, who had lost 10 of their first 13 games to open the fall campaign.

Held to just two hits off the Reds’ Nick Howard through four, the Javelinas capitalized on a switch to southpaw Brandon Alger (SD) (L, 0-1), who gave up singles to four of his first five batters faced. Jacob Wilson’s single to left, the third straight hit, brought across third baseman Hunter Dozier (KC), tying the game at one all. It was Wilson’s only hit in four at bats. The first baseman finished the regular schedule in a 2-for-15 slump, dropping his overall mark to .289/.347/.389/.736, 26-for-90 in 24 games.

After Kes Carter (TB) singled home catcher Justin O’Connor (TB), Breyvic Valera singled up the middle on a ball that glanced off the glove of Surprise’s shortstop, driving in Wilson to put Peoria up 3-1 and bring about another pitching change. Valera, who beat out a bunt to third in the eighth, went 2-for-4 with an RBI, batting and playing second base. Valera had an excellent fall campaign, batting .333/.400/.359/.759, 13-for-39 in 12 games as a member of the taxi squad.

The score remained 3-1 until Surprise narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the home half of the eighth. But the Javelinas put the game away on a two-run home run by O’Connor that brought across Dozier (single).

A day after batting a torrid 4-for-6, Cody Stanley was hitless in six at bats out of the clean-up slot. Stanley, the designated hitter, finished the AFL regular season just shy of the .300 mark, going .292/.363/.375/.738 in 72 at bats over 21 games.

Starter Aaron Northcraft (ATL) limited his opponents to a solo shot through five, one of three hits allowed, picking up his second win in five decisions. Braves’ right-hander Brandon Cunniff, the sixth Peoria hurler, gave up one hit in the ninth, earning his third save. No St. Louis pitchers took part since those available had pitched the prior day.

Saturday’s game: Arizona Fall League Championship – at Salt River (17-11-4), 1:08 MST, Starter TBA – MLB Network

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