AFL Notebook: 10/16

Blake Davis made a start at SS, Nolan Reimold's struggles continued, and Bob McCrory made a late-game appearance. Find out what else happened yesterday in the Arizona Fall League inside.

-The more I watch Blake Davis play, the more I want to watch Blake Davis play. He started today at shortstop and batted second for Phoenix. He is an exciting offensive player who uses the entire field. His first at bat resulted in a soft hit into left center for a single. He was forced out at second on a grounder by Andrew McCutchen. In his second at bat, he showed some pop when he chased Xavier Paul to the center field wall for a fly out. His third at bat resulted in a line drive single down the right field line that plated Nyjer Morgan for the Desert Dogs final run of the day. Davis went on to steal second but died there when McCutchen struck out swinging. He was called out on strikes in the bottom of the 7th for his last at bat against Detroit's Jeff Gerbe. Defensively, he showed some nice range at short.

-Nolan Reimold was the only other Oriole to start in the field. Once again, he was in right field for the Dogs. And once again his offensive woes continued. His first at bat resulted in a nice drive to the deepest part of the stadium where Xavier Paul ran his drive down at the wall in left center. He was hit by a pitch from Adam Russell in the bottom of the fifth and scored the go ahead run on a Nyjer Morgan single. His last at bat resulted in a familiar outcome; he was called out on strikes.

-Bob McCrory was the last Oriole to enter the game when he came in to close the game in the top of the ninth. Perhaps this outing was an audition for his role next season, possibly in Baltimore.

-McCrory's attempt to close the game got off to a tough start when the first batter of the inning, former ASU standout and Scott Boras client, Jeff Larish, led off with a sharp line drive to centerfield for a single. McCrory got Jai Miller on a fly to left field but followed with a curveball to Mike Hollimon, which got past Drew Butera and allowed Larish to advance to second. Hollimon advanced Larish to third with a ground out second to first. Larish scored when McCrory bounced a curveball in front of the plate to Brett Hayes, which Drew Butera again had a tough time handling. The official scorer ruled another wild pitch, but my feeling was that Butera did not do a good job blocking the ball and I would have called it a passed ball. After walking Hayes, McCrory settled down and fanned Xavier Paul with a good old fashioned fastball.

-According to today's media notes, Jake Arrieta continues to be one of the top pitchers in the AFL. He has pitched four innings, given up three hits, no walks and has fanned two hitters. His ERA stands at 0.00. Bob McCrory started the day tied for the league lead in saves with 2. After today's game, he should have the uncontested lead.

-Hayden Penn will pitch Thursday when the Desert Dogs face Garrett Mock and the Peoria Javelinas.

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