AFL Update: Nov. 18, 2016

andrew-stevenson-11-18-16Alas, the Desert Dogs’ three-game win streak—capped by a 3-1 win over the Javelinas—to close out the 2016 AFL campaign wasn’t enough to get them to the title game, but did secure a winning record at 17-15.

Five Nationals appeared in the season finale: two of the three position players and all three relievers.

Andrew Stevenson (pictured) led off and played CF yet again. He reached base twice with a single and a walk while going 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Defensively, he collected five putouts and fielded eight balls total.

Drew Ward followed Stevenson in the lineup and matched his boxscore line (1-for-3, BB, K). In the field, he had four assists while playing 3B.

Jake Johansen stranded two baserunners in the 6th with a strikeout to end the inning then put on two runners in the 7th before getting two out. His line – 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K

Nick Lee kept ’em on by inducing a flyout to finish the 7th, then got the leadoff man in the 8th for a line of ⅔IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K

Ryan Brinley completed the Nats reliever sequence with a flyout and strikeout to finish the 8th and a ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K line.

It was the fourth, third, and first holds respectively for Johansen, Lee, and Brinley.

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Sad-SpicklesWith the completion of the AFL schedule, the 2016 minor-league season (the seventh this site has covered) is in the books. A shoutout to Lee Magenheim, our photographer in Arizona, who’s provided the AFL pictures for the past FIVE seasons.

AFL Update: Nov. 16, 2016

img_0061Glendale got on the board first for a single run in the 1st and a quintet of pitchers, led by Austin Voth, (pictured) made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Surprise.

Voth, who was named the AFL Pitcher of the week, tossed five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and three walks to win for the third time this fall.

Nick Lee was the first man out of the Desert Dogs bullpen and struck out the side on 16 pitches (10 for strikes) in the 6th.

Andrew Stevenson scored the game’s lone run after leading off with a single, taking second on a wild pitch, and scoring on an RBI single by Nick Tanielu.

Osvaldo Abreu also appeared in the game but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The win returns the Desert Dogs to .500 (15-15) and into 2nd place in the AFL West. Glendale visits Mesa this afternoon, then Peoria tomorrow.

AFL/Offseason Update: Nov. 12, 2016

The Desert Dogs got two-spots in the 5th and 7th innings to overcome a 2-1 deficit and beat the Scorpions, 5-2. Combined with a Peoria loss, Glendale returned to within 1½ games of the AFL West lead.

Osvaldo Abreu got the start at shortstop and batted ninth. He reached base three times with a single and two walks and stole his fourth base. Defensively, he committed his fourth error while collecting five putouts and two assists, including a double play.

Nick Lee made his eighth fall appearance and got four outs in relief, allowing one hit, no runs, no walks, and struck out one. In ten innings, he’s allowed four runs (two earned) on ten hits and nine walks while striking out eleven.

The two teams switch venues this afternoon to finish out the last full week of the 2016 AFL season.

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FREE AGENTS
On Tuesday, minor-league free agency began, which saw 20 guys become former Nationals farmhands, some for the first time:
RHP – Erik Davis, Justin DeFratus, Paolo Espino, Michael Brady, Mitch Lively, Sam Runion, Boone Whiting
LHP – Aaron Laffey
C – Brian Jeroloman, Devin Ivany, Andruth Ramirez, Adderling Ruiz
IF – Steve Lombardozzi, Jose Lozada, Jason Martinson
OF – Matt den Dekker, Kevin Keyes, Narciso Mesa, Drew Vettleson

It’s worth noting that Ivany and Ramirez were player-coaches, so their free agency may merely be a formality. As aforementioned, for a few of these guys it’s their chance to hook on elsewhere and get a second chance (or an easier path) to The Show.

WINTER LEAGUES

To me it seems like a smaller group than usual, but let’s a take a quick peek at how some of the non-AFL guys are doing:

DWL – Rafael Bautista, .276/.338/.293, 5SB, 6BB, 8RBI in 15G
DWL – Jose Marmolejos, .231/.268/.410, 1HR, 2BB, 8RBI in 13G
DWL – Raudy Read, 1-for-2 in 2G
DWL – Wander Suero, 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K in 1G
DWL – Philips Valdez, 0-0, 0SV, 0.00ERA, 1.07WHIP in 3G
MWL – Matt Skole, .237/.367/.320, 2HR, 7RBI, 24K in 27G
PWL – Neftali Soto, .442/.444/.674, HR, BB, SF, 5RBI in 10G
VWL – Aldrem Corredor, .133/.235/.133, 2SB, 2BB, in 9G
VWL – David Ramos, 1-0, 0SV, 2.45ERA, 1.23WHIP in 6G/7⅓ IP
VWL – Greg Ross, 3-1, 2.25ERA, 1.16WHIP in 7GS/32IP

AFL Update: Nov. 8, 2016

andrew-stevenson-11-8-16Glendale and Andrew Stevenson both remain red hot as the former won its fifth straight while latter got five hits in a 15-3 romp over Peoria.

Stevenson singled four times and homered once while driving in two. He scored three times while going 5-for-6 from the leadoff spot, which extended his hit streak to nine games. He did get caught stealing for the second time.

Osvaldo Abreu batted ninth and played shortstop. He struck out three times, but reached base twice with a walk and a single.

Nick Lee also appeared in the game, working around his ninth walk of the fall while striking out nos. nine and ten in a scoreless 6th inning.

The win improves the Desert Dogs to 11-12 and tightens the AFL West race to 1½ games between first and third place. Glendale visits Scottsdale this afternoon with a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since the Desert Dogs were 2-2 after four games.

AFL Update: Nov. 2, 2016

Glendale rallied from an early 5-0 deficit with three in the 3rd, three in the 6th, and a pair in the 9th for an 8-7 walkoff win over Scottsdale.

Andrew Stevenson and Osvaldo Abreu were both in the starting lineup while Fall Star (ugh) Ryan Brinley and Nick Lee made appearances in relief.

Stevenson played RF, where he made on putout, and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also stole his fifth base for the Desert Dogs.

Abreu played shortstop and struck three times while going 0-for-4. He committed his third error of the fall and made six assists.

Lee let in the baserunner that got on courtesy of Abreu’s miscue in the 6th and got just one out in the 7th before giving way to Brinley with the bases loaded. Brinley rolled a double play to get out of the 7th but was touched for a run in the 8th on a walk and two hits.

The AFL West cellar-dweller Desert Dogs visit the AFL East-leading Solar Sox this afternoon. Austin Voth is scheduled to pitch tomorrow.

AFL Update: Oct. 28, 2016

osvaldo-abreu-10-28-16Glendale rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to take a 7-5 lead but the ‘pen gave away five unanswered runs for a 10-7 loss to Mesa.

Two position players and two relievers saw game action:

  • Drew Ward batted second and played 3B, going 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
  • Osvaldo Abreu (pictured) singled twice and struck out twice in four AB’s, scoring once. He batted seventh and played SS.
  • Nick Lee was knocked around for two runs on four hits and a walk over an inning and a 1/3rd and was charged with a blown save.
  • Ryan Brinley’s streak of perfection ended at 17 batters as he was lit up for three runs (two earned) on four hits in the 9th after getting the final two batters of the 8th. He was charged with the loss.

The Desert Dogs stay at home this afternoon to host the Rafters. Austin Voth is slated to start for Glendale.

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UPDATE: District on Deck has a season review of the Hagerstown Suns, featuring an interview with manager Patrick Anderson. Check it out.

AFL Update: Oct. 23, 2016

drew-ward-afl-10-22-16The Desert Dogs rallied from 7-1 to take an 8-7 lead but couldn’t answer the Saguaros in a 10-8 loss on Saturday.

Austin Voth got the start but was lit up for seven runs on six hits (one home run) and three walks over three-plus innings. He struck out four and threw 51 pitches, 31 for strikes, excluing an errant pickoff throw for an error.

Nick Lee also made an appearance, pitching a 1-2-3 eighth on 14 pitches (eight for strikes).

All three Washington position players appeared in the game:

  • Osvaldo Abreu batted second, played short, and went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and two strikeouts
  • Drew Ward (pictured) batted third, played 3B, and was 3-for-5 with an an RBI and a run scored
  • Andrew Stevenson batted fifth, played LF, reached base twice with a single and a walk, and scored a run

Glendale remains on the road with a night game tomorrow in Scottsdale.

AFL Update: Oct. 20, 2016

andrew-stevenson-10-19-16The Desert Dogs rallied to tie with a two-spot in the 5th but had no answer for the Rafters’ two-run rally in the 7th as they dropped their fifth straight, 4-2.

Drew Ward and Andrew Stevenson were among the starters while Nick Lee appeared in relief.

Ward batted second and played 3B and reached base twice with a walk and an RBI single while striking out once in four plate appearances. In the field, he made two assists and did not commit an error.

Stevenson batted ninth and played LF. He bunted his way on (pictured) in the 3rd and stole second, doubled in the 5th with two outs, then scored on leadoff man Ramon Laureano’s double. Defensively, he made two putouts, including a crash into LF fence in foul territory to end the 5th.

Lee was the first man out of the Glendale ‘pen and worked around an infield single for a scoreless inning of work. He threw 11 pitches, six for strikes and did not walk a batter.

The Desert Dogs stay at home for an afternoon game today against the Solar Sox.

AFL Update: Oct. 16, 2016

nick-lee-afl-10-15-16Scottsdale put up a four-spot in the 1st and never looked back as they defeated Glendale, 9-4 yesterday afternoon.

Drew Ward and Osvaldo Abreu both started and comprised the Desert Dogs’ left side of the infield at third and shortstop, respectively. Andrew Stevenson got the nod in right field (it’s a developmental league, kids).

Ward, who batted third, remains red-hot as he reached base three times with a double and two walks. He was busy at the hot corner, making four assists without an error.

Abreu batted eighth and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. In the field, he had two assists and turned a double play.

Stevenson singled in a run and stole a base but struck out twice in four trips to the plate. He had one putout on defense.

Nick Lee (↑↑ if you haven’t figured out yet ↑↑) made his second appearance with an up-and-down inning: one unearned run allowed on one hit and two walks while striking out one. He threw 26 pitches, 10 for strikes.

Glendale is now 2-3 and has today off. They’ll start back up tomorrow afternoon as they host Peoria.

AFL Update: Oct. 13, 2016

andrew-stevenson-10-12-16Powered by Andrew Stevenson’s five RBI, the Glendale Desert Dogs eclipsed the Mesa Solar Sox, 7-1 to take their first AFL contest of 2016.

The 22-y.o. Louisiana native homered in the 1st (pictured), hit a sac fly in the 3rd, and drove in two with a single in the 9th as he went 2-for-4 in his AFL debut. He batted second and played in LF, where he had no defensive chances.

Nick Lee was the only other National to appear. The longtime lefty (both for the Nationals and, presumably, since birth) allowed a leadoff double and walked two over two scoreless innings.

As noted in the comments, Osvaldo Abreu did play on Tuesday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Our copyeditor has been informed.

The Desert Dogs host the Saguaros tonight in Game Three of 32.