On Tuesday, the Desert Dogs took on the Salt River Rafters. Second baseman Corban Joseph was 0-4 on the day lowering his AFL average to .218. Left fielder Rob Segedin was 1-3 with a home run, a walk, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. The home run was Segedin’s second of the AFL season, and the 2 RBI in this game marked his 5th and 6th for the season. The Yankees prospect pitching trio of David Phelps, Dan Burawa, and Preston Claiborne pitched the first six innings for the Desert Dogs. Phelps threw 4 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 ER, and a home run while striking out 4. His strike-to-ball ratio was better than 2:1, with 39 of his 54 pitches counting as strikes. Burawa threw 13 pitches in his 1 inning of work, getting 8 across for strikes and holding the Rafters hitless and scoreless. Not to be outdone, Claiborne faced three batters in his 1 inning of work and struck out all three. This performance brought Claiborne’s AFL ERA down to 1.29, and he has not allowed an earned run since October 5th.
On Wednesday the Desert Dogs faced the Peoria Javelinas and notched their 7th win of the season. Ronnier Mustelier was in the game as the DH and continues to rake at the plate. He was 2-5 with a home run and 3 RBI. His AFL average now stands at an impressive .393. Rob Segedin was 1-5 with a strikeout, bringing his average to .262. Chase Whitley was a the only Yankees pitching prospect that saw any action in this game. In his single inning of work he needed just 10 pitches (8 of which were strikes) to strikeout a batter and hold the Javelinas hitless and scoreless.