Phillies pitcher Keith Bucktrot made his first relief appearance in the AFL as part of the Phoenix Desert Dogs bullpen on Saturday. Bucktrot combined with Royals prospect Wes Wilerson to retire 17 hitters in a row, setting the stage for Oakland's Huston Street to pitch the final two innings and record his second win of the season. Phoenix downed the Scottsdale Scorpions 6-2 when the Royals Don Murphy delivered the first grand slam of his professional career. Bucktrot finished the AFL season with a 2.25 ERA and allowed just one run in four innings of relief in the championship game against Scottsdale.
Ryan Howard went 1-for-3 in the championship and finished the season with a .333 average. Howard, who hit three homeruns early in the AFL season, stuck on that total, but finished second on Phoenix in RBI with 24. Howard finished second in the league in hits (46) and led the league with 14 doubles. He was also second in the AFL in extra base hits with 18. Chris Roberson delivered his second double of the AFL season and finished with a .269 average in the AFL. The only other Phillie to play in the championship game was catcher Carlos Ruiz, who walked in his only at bat and scored a run. Buzz Hannahan and Dan Giese didn't see action in the title game. Bucktrot finished fourth in the AFL in innings pitched with 30 2/3 innings of work.