Thank goodness we left our Fall League game early today. The D-Dogs got out to an early lead, and were cruising 8-3 going into the bottom of the 9th inning. That’s when Phillies prospect Edubray Ramos came on in relief and was rocked for 7 hits and 6 earned runs to take the loss. The Surprise Saguaros are using Salt River Fields as their home stadium, so they got to walk off as another Phillies pitching prospect Tom Windle gave up a sac fly to cap the collapse an drop the D-Dogs to .500 at 8 wins and 8 losses.
The D-Dogs have an interesting Dodgers double-A pitcher on their staff, Ralston Cash, who wears #85 – covered up by his hoodie today. He’s got the Tim Lincecum pre-haircut look and can be heard jabbering incessantly in the dugout. I know that teams enjoy having at least one guy who keeps the game loose, but this guy is a bit over the top. Doesn’t seem to have a serious bone in his body, and pays very little attention to the game in progress, preferring instead to goof around with teammates, pose for photo ops, and throw candy into the crowd. He did get into the game in the bottom of the 7th, and gave up a 3 run homer. Might be better if the D-Dogs limit him to throwing candy. (To be fair, his stats look reasonably good prior to today.)
The weather was as improbable as the final outcome, cool at 60 degrees and overcast. The game was even held up for 3 minutes at some point with brief rain delay. Andrew Knapp was behind the plate today, and he continues to struggle. He threw poorly to second base and third base on two different plays for which he could have been charged an error on either but wasn’t. He went 0-5 with the bat, striking out in between two pop-outs to the first baseman in foul territory during the time we were there.
All in all, though, we still love our Fall League Games!