There are only two weeks left of the Arizona Fall League season and the Desert Dogs kicked the week off on the right foot with a win over the Surprise Saguaros.
Second baseman Corban Joseph was 1-4 with a double and run scored. He also had a strikeout on the day and his average continues to hover around the .220 mark. Left fielder Rob Segedin was back on the field for the first time since last Wednesday and went 1-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.
David Phelps started the game for the Desert Dogs and went 5 full innings, the maximum allowed under AFL rules. He had a rough start when he allowed 2 runs in the first inning, but he quickly settled down and held the Saguaros scoreless after that. On the day he allowed just 3 hits (one of which was a home run), one walk, and struck out 3 batters. He threw a total of 70 pitches – 43 of which (61%) were strikes. This was easily Phelps’ second-best AFL start. The only reason it wasn’t his best start is because he put in a spectacular performance on Oct. 31 in which he allowed no runs and just one hit over 5 innings against the Mesa Solar Sox. Outside of these two starts Phelps hasn’t had a great AFL season, but he should get one more start before the season ends, and if his last two performances are any indication he is certainly headed in the right direction.
Preston Claiborne pitched the 8th inning and gave up a home run. It was the only hit and only run that he allowed, however, and the Desert Dogs were able to hold on for a 4-3 win. Claiborne threw 16 pitches on the day, 9 of which were strikes. Unlike Phelps, Claiborne has had a strong AFL season but struggled in his last two appearances. After going from Oct. 5 – Nov. 3 without allowing an earned run, Claiborne has allowed one earned run in each of this last two appearances.
The Desert Dogs will be back in action today for a rematch against the Saguaros at 2:35 PM EST.