Zack Collins and Paul DeJong (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals prospect highlights from the Arizona Fall League and a look ahead to Wednesday’s action.

A quiet Cardinals Tuesday in the AFL includes a lineup exchange, mound visit, first base coaching and a Pitcher of the Week. Glendale went on to take a walkoff win.

Results from the game played Tuesday, November 1st.

Glendale 8 vs. Scottsdale 7

A two-run ninth gave Glendale (7-12) an 8-7 walk-off victory over Scottsdale (6-13) Tuesday afternoon. The final play marked the home club’s only lead of the day.

The Desert Dogs capitalized on a catcher’s interference call plus a subsequent passed ball to knot the game at 7-7.  The first call put center fielder Jason Martin (HOU) on in what proved to be the tying run and the passed ball brought that run across and moved the winning run to just 90 feet away.  Designated hitter Cody Bellinger’s (LAD) game-winning single drove in second baseman Willie Calhoun (LAD) after the latter doubled to left, advancing Martin to third.

Calhoun led his team’s nine-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.  Bellinger was one of two Glendale players with two hits apiece, joined by catcher Zack Collins (CWS).

Southpaw reliever Louis Lechich (CWS) picked up his first win against no losses by tiptoeing around two hits in the top of the ninth.  It was his only inning of work.  Lechich was the fifth Desert Dogs hurler of the day.

No St. Louis players saw action.

Wednesday’s game:  at Mesa (11-8), 12:35 pm MST, Chris Anderson (0-2, 13.50) (LAD)


Brian Walton’s take

OK, so I got up at 2:45 A.M. for a very early flight. I made a tight connection and rushed to the ballpark, only to learn no Cardinals were in the lineup. To top matters off, Desert Dogs (and Peoria Chiefs) pitching coach Dernier Orozco told me that none of St. Louis’ hurlers were scheduled to appear Tuesday.

As it turned out, not counting the National Anthem, three Cardinals did appear on the field, though only one in fair territory – and that was when time was called.

First of all, outfielder Harrison Bader handled the exchange of the lineup card duties for manager Aaron Rowand of the White Sox.

Harrison Bader (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

As the home club’s starter was getting hit hard in the top of the first, Orozco made a trip to the mound to calm Sox pitcher Nolan Sanburn, the end of which is captured here.

Dernier Orozco and Nolan Sanburn (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The other Cardinals appearance was made by Paul DeJong, who took a turn as Glendale’s first base coach (see photo at the top of the page with baserunner and catcher Zack Collins of the Pale Hose). I will definitely ask the infielder about his qualifications and experiences!

Learning is not just for the players in the AFL. There was an MLB umpiring supervisor sitting at one end of the press box who signaled advice to the young, four-man umpiring crew between innings and went down to the field level later on.

Looking ahead, though nothing is set in concrete, Cardinals may pitch for Glendale in each of the next three days. Rowan Wick could throw on Wednesday, Ryan Sherriff may go on Thursday, with Austin Gomber’s fifth start penciled in on Friday, Glendale's last contest before the Fall Stars Game.


Weekly honors

Speaking of Gomber, the Springfield lefty was named the Pitcher of the Week for Week 3 of the AFL schedule, covering October 25-31. In his two starts totaling 10 innings, the 22-year-old allowed just one earned run on six hits and fanned 10. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder leads the AFL in wins (three), innings pitched (17) and strikeouts (tied with 19).


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