By JAY LeBLANC
Phoenix began the week with three Orioles prospects named Brandon but ended it with none. Brandon Snyder and Brandon Waring both had weddings to attend and won’t rejoin the team with the end of the AFL season imminent. Brandon Erbe returned to Baltimore to have his jammed right pinky finger examined; it’s unclear whether he’ll return.
Monday, Nov. 9
Matt Angle went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout as the leadoff man. Snyder doubled and came around to score in the first and finished 1-for-3 with a walk in what turned out to be his last AFL appearance. The Peoria Javelinas rallied for four runs in the seventh to beat visiting Phoenix 4-3.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Six Scottsdale pitchers combined to shut out the Desert Dogs on four hits in a 4-0 victory. Josh Bell had one of those hits - a second-inning single off Diamondbacks prospect Bryan Augenstein. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout, all from the left side. Eddie Gamboa and Josh Perrault both tossed scoreless innings. Gamboa pitched around a leadoff double in the seventh; Perrault, a one-out walk in the ninth.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Angle hit leadoff and went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two runs scored and his seventh steal in as many attempts. Waring, hitting third and playing first base in his AFL swan song, went 0-for-4 but notched his 10th RBI in nine appearances with a sac fly. Bell served as the designated hitter, batting fifth, and went 2-for-5 - 1-for-3 with an RBI double from the left side, and 1-for-2 with a single hitting right-handed. Phoenix cruised past Scottsdale, 12-3.
Thursday, Nov. 12
Bell got the start at third base, hitting fifth, and went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run single in the eighth, all from the left side. Perrault kept Mesa off the board in the eighth as he lowered his ERA to 2.08. He allowed a single and uncorked a wild pitch but also notched a pair of strikeouts. Phoenix beat the Solar Sox, 11-5.
Friday, Nov. 13
Ryohei Tanaka had a second straight atrocious start, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings. He threw a wild pitch and served up a three-run shot to Twins prospect Steve Singleton. Phoenix battled all the way back though, and Gamboa earned the save in the Desert Dogs’ 9-7 win over Mesa with a perfect ninth that included a strikeout. Bell got the start at third, hitting fifth, and went 1-for-3 with an RBI single from the right side while grounding out in his lone left-handed at bat. Angle, batting eighth and playing right field, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, a walk and a run.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Angle started in centerfield and hit seventh and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a solo homer - his first of the AFL season - off lefty Steve Garrison (Padres). Bell, batting third and playing third base, doubled and walked from the right side and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout batting left-handed. Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) fanned six in 3 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory as Phoenix held off the Peoria Saguaros 1-0.
This Week’s Stud: Gamboa and Perrault each tossed a pair of scoreless innings, but Bell gets the nod after going 7-for-19 (.368) with three doubles and five RBI.
This Week’s Dud: Tanaka allowed three earned runs on 10 hits in his first 10 AFL innings but has coughed up 12 on a whopping 19 hits in his last five frames. His nightmarish Friday the 13th outing raised his ERA to 8.62.
Jay LeBlanc is an assistant news editor at The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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