The Game: The Phoenix Desert Dogs saw two streaks come to an end as they were shut out by the Peoria Saguaros on Thursday at Peoria Sports Complex. The 4-0 loss saw the end of the Desert Dogs four game winning streak. Grant Desme also saw his eleven game hitting streak come to an end by going 0-4 at the plate.
Peoria broke the scoreless tie in the home half of the fourth inning. Carlos Rivero got things started with a one out double. Freddie Freeman followed with an RBI single to score Rivero and give the Saguaros a 1-0 lead.
The Saguaros added another run to their total in the fifth inning. Lance Zawadzki drew a walk to put a runner on the bases. Zawadzki proceeded to second on a stolen base and later scored on a triple by Jonathan Gaston, giving the Saguaros a 2-0 lead.
Peoria added two more insurance runs in the eighth inning. Carlos Rivero picked up his second double of the game to get things started. Matt McBride then drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Zach Cozart drove home the first run of the inning with a single to left that scored Rivero. McBride later scored on an error by Chris Marrero and the Saguaros held on for the 4-0 victory.
James Simmons suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the fall. Wilton Lopez was the winning pitcher for Peoria.
Phoenix Desert Dogs Player of the Game: Chris Marrero; only Desert Dog to record multiple hits by going 2 for 4.
Rays Organization Stats:
No Rays players made an appearance in today’s game.
A Look Ahead: The Desert Dogs (10-5) return home to Phoenix Municipal Stadium to face the Peoria Javelinas (9-6) on Friday. Brandon Erbe (0-0, 1.93) is scheduled to start for Phoenix and will pitch against Scot Drucker (1-1, 6.43).