That dearth of available hurlers for the Desert Dogs manager, who will be running the Dodgers in 2011, meant the Saguaros claimed victory in less than nine innings at the Peoria Sports Complex. The game was originally ruled a forfeit after the top of the eighth inning ended, but then the statistics amassed would not have counted.
A decision was made by the AFL to call this game due to a lack of pitching in order to avoid extending any Fall League pitcher and lessen the chance for injury. The move came after Mattingly met with the umpiring crew on the field before the bottom of the eighth, and the crew then talked with Saguaros manager Ted Simmons.
Manny Banuelos of the Yankees organization started for the Desert Dogs and worked three innings, followed by two innings from Mike Benacka (Oakland) and one inning from Lance Sewell (Oakland). The seventh inning, though, produced the numbers problem for Mattingly.
Nine runs came home in the frame for the Saguaros, with every hitter in the starting lineup scoring one run. Steven Ames (Dodgers) made his Fall League debut by facing seven hitters and not retiring any of them, charged with seven runs on five hits and two walks. Steve Chisek (Marlins) worked two-thirds of an inning and Cory Gearrin (Braves) closed out the seventh by recording the final out as the Desert Dogs' final pitcher in attendance.
Ben Revere (Twins) topped the Saguaros with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Eduardo Escobar (White Sox) reached base four times via two hits and two walks, while Kristopher Negron (Reds) had two hits and four RBIs. Seven of the Saguaros' nine position players had at least two hits.
Using a position player to pitch the eighth inning was never a consideration for the Desert Dogs.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less