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Desert Dogs back in the loss column

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Basabe and Dopico did well — but not well enough

D’oh: Danny Dopico had his best outing in the AFL, but the Desert Dogs are back to losing.
Winston-Salem Dash

Mesa Solar Sox 11, Glendale Desert Dogs 8

Luis Basabe (LF): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Laz Rivera (2B): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Danny Dopico: 1 23 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

There was a lot of offense early in this one, with 10 runs in the first two innings. However, Basabe and Rivera were not involved. Both recorded outs in their first at-bat and then Basabe walked in his second. He also had a good defensive play?

Rivera had an actual good defensive play.

All that defense finally generated some sort of offense from the Sox prospects, as Basabe singled in his third plate appearance, but did not come around to score.

Meanwhile, the Solar Sox added two more runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-5 lead. After a win yesterday and a four-run comeback earlier in the game, the Desert Dogs slipped back on the wrong side, and it only got worse for Glendale.

Basabe added a second single (yay), but Mesa tacked on three more runs in the sixth to stretch their lead to five. Danny Dopico threw a wild pitch and allowed an unearned run to make the game 11-5, but he was able to escape a bases-loaded jam only seeing one run cross the plate. Dopico would last one more inning, and he did not allow a hit.

Basabe and Rivera ended their days on the right foot. Both of them singled and drove in runners in the ninth to bring the score to 11-8. But it was too little, too late to make the comeback.

Speaking of comebacks, after a week off the diamond, look who is back to batting practice.