Phoenix Municipal Stadium - Eric Stephen
The 2nd baseman goes 3 for 4 as the Solar Sox win for the just second time since October 13th
In a battle of last place teams, the Solar Sox were finally able to pull out a win as they downed the Desert Dogs 7 to 5. Baltimore prospect Jonathan Schoop had a big day as he went 2 for 4 with a homer and also stole home, but it was Rafael Ynoa who had a game high 3 hits to increase his batting average to .364 (which is good for 4th in the AFL). One of those 3 hits was a double, and the 25 year old also plated 2 runs. Catcher Griff Erickson was the only other Dodgers in Tuesday's lineup, and he went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
On the mound Dodger starter Andres Santiago won his first game of the season, although he wasn't nearly as sharp as his last outing when he tossed 5 shutout innings. Andres was actually pretty shaky in this one as he allowed 4 hits and 3 walks over 4 frames, but Santiago somewhat limited the damage as he only gave up a couple of runs and struck out a pair.
A quintet of relievers finished off the Mesa victory, and one of them was Dodger Eric Eadington who picked up a hold and struck out two in his inning of work. Unfortunately Eadington also gave up a double, a single, and a run which increased his ERA to 7.36. Tony Zych (Cubs) eventually recorded the save despite allowing his second run of the year.
Coming up: The Solar Sox will face the Salt River Rafters on Halloween, sending Luke Putkonen (Tigers) to the mound against Ryan Tepera (Blue Jays).