It’s unusual for Dessert Dogs manager Shawn Williams to have his Phillies prospects in the lineup for back-to-back games. Hence prospect Cornelius Randolph who wasn’t in the lineup yesterday was in today, and Edgar Cabral who started yesterday had a seat on the bench today. But Zach Green, about whom I blogged yesterday, was in the Desert Dogs starting lineup again today despite another near 100 degree scorcher out there. In fact, he was the only Desert Dog who played both days, perhaps a nod to his family being in the stands. Hitless his first three times up, Zach hustled down to first base to avoid hitting into a double play and on his last trip to the plate smoked an opposite field double leading off the bottom of the 9th. Green also contributed defensively in the top of the 5th, fielding a sharp ground ball and stepping on the 3rd base bag before firing a perfect strike to first for an inning-ending double play.
It was a rough loss for the Desert Dogs who, despite battling back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th dropped the fifth of their last six games falling to 6-7 on the season. But parity remains the name of the game in the AFL, all six teams being either 7-6 or 6-7, as the Desert Dogs head over to Surprise tomorrow for another game against the Saguaros. Can’t imagine Zach will be in the lineup again on Thursday for a third consecutive day, but this is the Arizona Fall League, and surprises do happen.