Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 10/22/15

Alex Reyes pitched four strong innings, but a grand slam against Robby Rowland led to extras for eventual winner Surprise.

Results from Arizona Fall League game played Thursday, October 22nd.

Surprise 7 at Scottsdale 6 (10)

Single tallies in each of the last three frames gave the Saguaros a 7-6 victory over the Scorpions in 10 innings.

Surprise (6-2) nearly squandered a strong outing by Alex Reyes, who left with his team up 4-1 after four. Reyes tossed a 1-2-3 first on eight pitches, all fastballs ranging from 94-98 mph. The righty interspersed two singles and a walk around fly out to left, foul pop out and fly out to right the next frame. The third saw Reyes working on his secondary pitches, including what was described as a tight curve and a changeup with some drop at the plate. That resulted in a line out to left, pop out to first and a swinging K. Reyes whiffed his first two batters to begin the fourth but permitted two singles around a base-on-balls, scoring one. 43 of Reyes’ 73 pitches went for strikes.

Unfortunately, Robby Rowland gave up the lead and more, serving up a seventh-inning grand slam that put Scottsdale (3-4) up 6-4. Rowland allowed consecutive singles to open the frame before catching the Scorpions’ clean-up hitter looking for the first out. He loaded the bases via a free pass then cleared them on the big blast. Rowland recovered for a swinging strikeout but gave up yet another single to his seventh batter. Mercifully, the runner was nailed trying to steal second for the final out.

Three eighth-inning singles cut the lead to 6-5 and Texas’ Jurikson Profar’s first long ball sent the game into extras. Surprise’s lead-off batter singled to kick off the 10th, advancing to second on a sac bunt by Aledmys Diaz. A two-out single up the middle scored the pinch runner, making a winner of the Royals’ Andrew Edwards (W, 1-0) who pitched the eighth and ninth. Right-hander Damien Magnifico (MIL) retired the side in order, two on strikeouts, for his first save while Detroit righty Montreal Robertson was charged with both his first blown save and first loss, against one win.

Diaz’ sac bunt was his only plate appearance, having entered the game as a defensive replacement at short in the bottom of the eighth. He committed his second error later that frame, his first fielding miscue.

Diaz replaced Patrick Wisdom in the batting order after the third baseman singled once in four at bats, touching home once. The five hole batter reached on a force with the sacks jammed and none out in the first, eventually coming around to score. Wisdom popped out to first to end the third before stroking a two-out single in the fifth. Wisdom lined out to center in his final at bat, the initial out of the seventh.

Friday’s game: vs. Glendale (4-1), 12:35 pm MST, Sam Wolff (1-0, 4.50)



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