Austin Gomber (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

It was field day for Cardinals prospects, as six saw action in Glendale’s blowout win over the Mesa Solar Sox. Austin Gomber, Ryan Sherriff and Rowan Wick prevented Mesa from scoring runs while Harrison Bader, Carson Kelly and Paul DeJong drove in runs.

Results for the Arizona Fall League game played on November 16.

Glendale Desert Dogs 10 at Mesa Solar Sox 0

Six St. Louis Cardinals prospects took part in leading Glendale to a laugher victory over Mesa on Wednesday.  The win and Surprise’s loss kept second-place Glendale’s West Division title hopes alive for another day.

In the starting lineup were Carson Kelly at catcher batting third, Harrison Bader in right field in the sixth spot, and eighth-place hitter Paul DeJong at second base.  Austin Gomber was the starting pitcher, and Ryan Sherriff and Rowan Wick made appearances out of the bullpen.

Kelly reached base in the first inning after drawing a walk, but was left stranded.  Bader struck out and flied out to center in his first two at bats; DeJong popped out and flied out.

In the fourth inning, Kelly hit a line drive double to right field and drove in a run.  He came around to score on an error. In the fifth, Bader lined out, and DeJong drew a walk but was left stranded.  In the sixth, after Kelly grounded out, Bader hit an RBI single to left.  DeJong then singled one batter later and plated Bader and teammate Trey Michalczewski of the White Sox organization.

In their last at bats, Kelly grounded out, Bader struck out, and DeJong popped out.  Kelly ended the day 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  Bader was 1-for-5, plated a run and scored another.  DeJong was 1-for-4 with two driven in.

On the pitching side, Gomber tossed six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, a first inning double and a second inning single.  The lefty fanned seven and walked none.  Gomber earned his fifth AFL win, and dropped his ERA is 2.14, second-best among AFL starters.

Sherriff began the seventh, and gave up a leadoff double.  The left handed reliever followed with a lineout, a strike out, and a ground out to end the inning.

Wick closed out the game in the ninth.  He allowed a leadoff single, but induced a double play on the next batter, with the help of DeJong at second, and retired the final hitter on a fly out to Bader in right.

Bader made four putouts in right field.  DeJong had two putouts, including the ninth inning double play, but also committed a fielding error in the sixth.  Kelly played behind the plate for the first six innings before being replaced by Glendale teammate Zack Collins.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Peoria, Francis Martes (1-1, 4.15) 12:35 MST. The Desert Dogs need another win and a Surprise loss to reach the AFL title game Saturday.

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