Nov 092012

Salt River rallied for three in bottom of the ninth, but it was too little, too late as the Surprise Saguaros handed the Rafters a 4-3 loss.

Just two Nationals made it into the game…

…Anthony Rendon moved up to the No. 2 spot and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, hitting safely in eight of nine and extending his on-base streak to 10 games. Defensively, Rendon had no official chances but got a glove on an infield single and a double to left field.

…Paul Demny was the first man out of the ‘pen but was greeted with an RBI double to let in an inherited runner in the 5th, then gave up another double to lead off the 6th; the run scoring two batters later on a sacrifice fly. The final line was one run on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts over an inning and a third.

Despite the loss, Salt River held on to its 1½-game lead in the AFL East, thanks to Scottsdale’s fourth straight loss. The Rafters host the last-place Solar Sox this afternoon, while the Scorpions head for Phoenix to face the Desert Dogs.

  2 Responses to “AFL Update: Nov. 9, 2012”

  1. I’m intrigued by Rendon’s play thus far. There’s no doubt he’ll hit for average, but I’m a little concerned about his power. Just based on my casual observations, it looks like he’ll fall into the Chase Utley mold (high AVG/OBP, doubles machine) instead of a real HR hitter.
    But I think I’d be more than ok with an Utley-type than a Howard-type.

    Thanks for the link to the box score! Keep up the great work.

  2. With a little over 200 PAs, I’m not sure if Rendon has hit the ‘aluminum’ out of his bat yet

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