Cooper’s Extra Inning Homer Lifts Sox

October 25, 2009 by  

feat_afl_0036David Cooper of the Mesa Solar Sox would go 2-for-4 and end up being the hero for Mesa as he delivered a game-winning homer in the top of the tenth inning. Cooper, whose average has not been spectacular, has been known for hit power and would come through in the clutch in a close Saturday afternoon game. For Surprise, Ike Davis and Brandon Laird have been heating up for the team. Each would have a homerun a piece for the Rafters. New York Yankees prospect Ian Kennedy would also pitch well for the Rafters as he would pitch four innings, striking out five and allowing one run. Despite the Rafters’ contributions, the Solar Sox would edge the team with the help of Cooper and Angels’ prospect Hank Conger who would come alive from his AFL slump.

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In the Peoria showdown, the Saguaros would earn the 2009 AFL’s first shutout as Mike Minor would take the mound and earn the victory. Six other Saguaro pitchers would combine for the shutout. On the offensive side of things for the Saguaros, Brandon Hicks and Yonder Alonso would have two RBI each, putting four of the six runs on the board for the Peoria team. As for the Javelinas, the team would end up leaving eight runners in scoring position for the game as they fall to the last place Saguaros.

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Phoenix continues to do well in 2009 AFL play as they share the lead with the Surprise Rafters but are first in the AFL East. The beginning of the game would look negative as the Scottsdale Scorpions would take the lead first. Making things more difficult for Phoenix was Joe Martinez as he would throw four scoreless innings, striking out three. Martinez continues to be one of the Fall League’s top pitchers with the best ERA for having pitched 10 or more innings. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Phoenix would surge as the team would hit Diamondback prospect Cesar Valdez all over the park, giving up four runs in the five-run fifth. The Desert Dogs would end up holding onto the lead as the defeat Scottsdale by a score of 7 to 3.

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