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AFL 10/23/12 recap: Mesa doesn't win, but doesn't lose either

Rafael Ynoa's inside the park homer in the 9th ties the game, which went unresolved after 10 innings and snapped the Solar Sox losing streak

Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Sometimes there are ties in baseball. While regular season minor league games will continue until a winner is crowned, in the off-season leagues the teams are more concerned with the pitchers arms so you'll see an occasional tie. On Tuesday the Solar Sox looked destined for their 8th straight loss, but with his 9 game hitting streak on the line Rafael Ynoa stepped up to the plate and somehow managed to tie the game on a ground ball inside the park home run. The exact wording in Gameday was "Rafael Ynoa hits and inside-the-park home run (2) on a ground ball through the hole at second base". Not sure how it happened, but it did. Ynoa's unique homer was the final score of the contest as the game with the Desert Dogs eventually ended in a 7 - 7 tie.

Joc Pederson and Griff Erickson were also in Tuesday's lineup, and both had 1 hit in 5 at bats. Pederson, who struck out twice, had an RBI single and stole a base, while Griff's ground rule double was his first extra base hit of the season. The other big hit in the Mesa lineup came from Aaron Westlake (Tigers) who homered and drove in 3 runs.

After starter Dae-Eun Rhee (Cubs) gave up 6 hits and 2 runs in 3.2 frames, the only Dodger pitcher to throw in relief was Eric Eadington. The lefty replaced Alex Sogard (Astros) after he allowed a grand slam, and after giving up a double himself he got out of the 7th. In the 8th Eadington gave up a leadoff single, and that runner later scored after he left the game which resulted in the first earned run being charged against Eric since opening day.

Tuesday Solar Sox Box Score

Coming up: Mesa takes on Scottsdale tomorrow, and Andres Santiago will take the mound for the Solar Sox. He will be opposed by Bobby Cassevah of the Angels organization.