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AFL recap: Desert Dogs walk off with victory

Glendale 1st baseman Travis Mattair hit a walk-off single in the 11th on Thursday to move the Desert Dogs closer to .500

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The Desert Dogs walked off with a 5 - 4 victory over the Solar Sox on Thursday thanks to a Colin Moran (Marlins) double followed by a Travis Mattair (Reds) single in the bottom of the 11th. Prior to the late inning heroics, however, the story of the game was the fact that the Glendale pitching staff had a no-hitter for the first 7 innings of the game. Starter Jamie Walczak tossed the first 5 frames and was nearly perfect on the mound as he allowed just one one base-runner on a walk. He was followed by the newest member of the club Craig Stem, the Dodger pitching prospect who was just added to the roster. Stem hurled a flawless 6th, then Edgar Olmos (Marlins) followed with a perfect 7th.

In the 8th, however, relievers Colby Suggs and Drew Hayes couldn't continue the no-no and in fact combined to give up 4 hits, 5 walks, and 4 runs which allowed the Scorpions to tie the game. Luckily the bullpen got back on track in the 9th and was again excellent through the 11th which is when the walk-off occurred.

Outside of the late inning heroics, there wasn't too much else that happened on offense. The only Dodger in the lineup was Brian Cavazos-Galvez and he actually had a solid game, reaching base three times on a double and two walks. Jared Mitchell's double was the third and final extra base hit for Glendale, and he drove in a pair as well.

11/7/13 Glendale Desert Dogs Box Score

Coming up: With just six more games on the schedule, the Desert Dogs will send Alex Meyers (Twins) to the mound to face Kyle Crick (Giants) and the Scorpions.