It has been a rough week for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. After coming out of the AFL gates like gangbusters, the Dogs have lost 6 straight, putting their overall record at 3-6. Of course the AFL is a developmental league, so winning games is secondary to the young position players having good ABs and the pitching prospects getting some productive innings.
Yankees prospects Corbin Joseph and Rob Segedin started for the Desert Dogs yesterday, but both continue to struggle at the plate. Joseph went 1-5 with a strikeout in the DH role, raising his AFL average to .148. Segedin went 1-4 with a run scored, but struck out two times. Despite this he was still able to raise his average from .227 to .231.
RHP David Phelps started the game for the Desert Dogs, getting knocked around a bit in 3.0 IP. Phelps gave up 4 hits, 3 BB, and 3 runs (all of which were earned), while striking out 3 batters along the way. Phelps threw 60 pitches on the day (39 for strikes), but overall he simply allowed too many baserunners. Though Phelps has gotten roughed up in his two starts for the Desert Dogs, his AFL performance is not indicative of his 2011 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he put up a 3.19 ERA across 18 starts and 107.1 IP.
The Desert Dogs are back in action against the Salt River Rafters at 2:35 PM EST.