A beautiful day in Salt River Fields @Talking Stick, with an official attendance 376, to see our Glendale Desert Dogs take on the Surprise Saguaros with one game left to the regular season tomorrow.
Drew Stankiewicz was announced as the starting shortstop, listed in the program as leading off, with his usual uniform #61.
But this fellow Prada, wearing #16, came on the field to warm up – and he was a dead ringer for the Spunky Stankiewicz.
Word is, the Dogs have a new locker room attendant who has some visual issues. That was an omen that this afternoon would not be an easy one.
I was looking forward to seeing Yacksel Rios start a ballgame, as he strode in from the pen with Phillies battery mate Andrew Knapp under the watchful eye of Chicago White Sox pitching coach Juan Bautista.
I still like Yacksel’s potential, but he had his roughest outing of the Fall today, getting smacked around for 7 earned runs in two innings.
… and I still like the scintillating Stankiewicz who went 2-4 today to push his average to .483. He should have enough ABs to lead the league, but someone is asleep at the wheel. Stankie’s problem today was in the field, as he botched two grounders with two outs that could have saved Rios alot of aggravation, not to mention runs.
Jesen Therrien, a relief pitcher and teammate of Rios in the bullpen, was busy limbering another Phils’ prospect – right fielder Aaron Brown – between innings.
But with Rios being roughed up by the Yankees stud catching prospect Gary Sanchez and his Saguaros buddies, the bullpen had to get busy.
With the Dogs down 8-0 after five innings, the prospect of winning the Wednesday bobblehead giveaway just wasn’t enough reason to stay, and we decided to head back and salvage some of the beautiful afternoon. The Dogs did manage to score a run in the 6th and 5 in the 8th to make the 8-6 loss respectable, no doubt cheered on by their #1 fan.