The Game: The Phoenix Desert Dogs were on the winning end of a match up that put the first place teams of each division head to head. In the end, it was the Desert Dogs defeating the Peoria Javelinas 11-6 on Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex.
Phoenix took the lead early in the first inning and never looked back. Shawn O’Malley doubled to left to lead off the game. O’Malley advanced to third on a sac bunt by Jemile Weeks. Brandon Snyder then drew a walk to put runners on the corner. Grant Desme then cleared the bases with a three run home run, increasing his hitting streak to eleven games and giving the Dogs a 3-0 lead.
The Desert Dogs posted another run to the scoreboard in the second when Jemile Weeks doubled to center to score AJ Jimenez. They then added two more runs in the third. Grant Desme drew a walk to lead off the third. Brandon Waring followed with an RBI triple to score Desme. Waring later scored on an RBI single by Corey Brown increasing the Desert Dog lead to 6-0.
Peoria took their zero off the board in the bottom of the third inning. Lucas May doubled to left to lead off the inning. May was later erased from the base path as Cale Iorg reached on a fielders choice with May thrown out at third. Justin Sellers singled to right, advancing Iorg to second. Trayvon Robinson followed with an RBI single to score Iorg for the first run of the inning. Then Jordan Danks drove home the second run with a single to score Sellers. Casper Wells then cleared the bases with a three run home run to bring the Javelinas to within a run of the lead 6-5.
Phoenix added some separation in the fourth inning. Jemile Weeks was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Grant Desme and Brandon Snyder followed with back to back singles to load the bases. Corey Brown then hit a line drive that was deflected by the second baseman, allowing Weeks and Desme to score. Nevin Ashley followed with a sac fly to score Waring and give the Desert Dogs a 9-5 lead.
Peoria posted another run in the home half of the sixth. Andrew Lambo singled to right to lead off the inning. Joseph Dunigan doubled home Lambo to bring the Javelinas to within three runs of the lead, 9-6.
Phoenix added some insurance in the form of two more runs in the eighth inning. Shawn O’Malley led off the inning with a single. Jemile Weeks followed with an RBI double to score O’Malley, Weeks was out at third as he tried to stretch the double into a triple. Grant Desme then struck his second home run of the game, giving the Desert Dogs the 11-6 margin of victory.
Mitch Talbot improved to 2-0 on the season, earning the victory despite giving up five runs in the third inning. Josh Butler was charged with the loss for Peoria.
Phoenix Desert Dogs Player of the Game: Grant Desme; blasted 2 home runs in the game and went 3-4 at the plate with 4 RBI’s and 4 runs scored. Also improved his hitting streak to 11 games and now has 11 home runs and is 3 away from tying the season record of 14 set in 2005 by Brandon Wood.
Rays Organization Stats:
Shawn O’Malley; 3 for 6 with a double and 3 runs scored.
Nevin Ashley; 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Mitch Talbot; improved to 2-0 by throwing 4.0 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and a walk.
Health Rollins; pitched a no hit frame in the eighth.
A Look Ahead: The Phoenix Desert Dogs remain in Peoria to face the Saguaros on Thursday at the Peoria Sports Complex. James Simmons (1-0, 3.52) will toe the rubber for Phoenix against Wilton Lopez (0-0, 3.00) for Peoria.