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Desert Dogs downed again

Basabe, Rivera, and Burdi all get work in an 8-1 loss

Burdi’s Back: Another scoreless inning, as signs are trending upward with the recovering closer.
Kim Contreras/@Cu_As

Peoria Javelinas 8, Glendale Desert Dogs 1

Luis Basabe (CF): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

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

Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

With Basabe and Rivera hitting No. 1 and 2 in the lineup, the White Sox prospects got action quick. Basabe walked in his first at-bat, and stole second. Meanwhile, Rivera popped out to strand Basabe.

In typical Desert Dog fashion, the pitching was ... not ideal. Peoria scored four runs in the second inning. That was all the Javelinas needed for the win, but Rivera tried to make the game more interesting. He led off in the fourth with a double, and would eventually come around to score on Yu Chang’s RBI single.

But bad things still piled high for Glendale. In the very next inning, Peoria tacked on four more runs to push the lead to 8-1, while both Basabe and Rivera recorded outs in their third plate appearance.

The game was out of hand, but with the end came a small bright side, at least for White Sox prospects: Zack Burdi threw a shutout inning in the ninth. Be on the watch for any news about the speed of his fastball; if he’s down to the mid-90s with his fastball, he may fall behind Tyler Johnson and Ian Hamilton as the future closer.

But alas, another loss for the Desert Dogs. For the lack of much offense, here are some batting cage swings.

Here is Zach Thompson, during Monday’s killer outing.