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Arizona Fall League Week 5 review

Harry How

Here is a quick overview of how the Dodgers did in the penultimate week of the Arizona Fall League, with the Glendale Desert Dogs dropping four of six games. Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford, who played in the AFL in 2001, was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

Corey Seager has an active hitting streak of 12 games, including 5-for-14 (.357) with three doubles, three RBI and two walks in his four games played during the week.

Darnell Sweeney was 3-for-16 (.188) with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored in his four games, with all three hits coming Friday at Scottsdale. Sweeney played two games in center field this week, once at second base and once at designated hitter.

Scott Schebler was 3-for-17 (.176) with a home run and a double in five games, including four starts.

Matt Magill allowed two runs on five hits in five innings on Wednesday in his longest outing of the AFL, with two walks and two strikeouts at Mesa.

Matt Shelton pitched two games in relief, totaling three innings, and allowed two runs in each game, with two walks, one strikeout and one home run allowed.

Michael Thomas pitched two innings in his three games, allowing seven total runs. Most of the carnage came Monday against Surprise, when he faced eight batters, recorded one out and allowed six runs.

In that same inning on Monday, Blake Smith also faced eight batters and allowed six runs (errors killed the inning; Smith allowed two earned runs and Thomas four earned runs), a 12-run seventh inning for Surprise in a 19-6 drubbing of the Desert Dogs. Smith responded with a scoreless inning on Saturday against Scottsdale.

Here is Glendale's schedule for the final week of AFL play:

  • Monday: vs. Mesa, 11:35 a.m. PT
  • Tuesday: at Scottsdale, 1:35 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday: at Salt River, 5:35 p.m. PT
  • Thursday: at Mesa, 11:35 a.m. PT
  • Friday: off
  • Saturday: AFL Championship Game, 12:08 p.m. PT (MLB Network)

The Desert Dogs enter the week 11-15-1, 2½ games back in the West Division with just four games remaining, so it is highly unlikely Glendale will play in the title game.