Glendale Desert Dogs 9, Mesa Solar Sox 8 (11)
Luis Robert (cleanup, right field): 2-for-6, R, K, GWRBI (.300)
Just one Chicago White Sox prospect was active for this one, and Robert indeed announced his presence with authority.
After leading off the second with a line out to left, Robert collected his first hit leading off the fourth, a single to center, eventually scoring Glendale’s first run and trimming the Solar Sox’s lead to 6-1.
Robert failed to contribute to Glendale’s comeback in the bottom of the sixth (K with a runner on first and none out), when the Desert Dogs trimmed Mesa’s lead to 8-5, or in the bottom of the ninth, when Glendale forced extra time with three runs (soft ground out to third that nonetheless moved a runner from second to third, setting up the game-tying sac fly).
But with two outs in the 11th, “man on second” Errol Robinson still sitting on the keystone, Robert battled his way to a game-winner. (Read the second tweet first, if you want the proper drama.)
Robert fouled off the previous two-strike pitch by throwing his bat at the ball. #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/35HxoglQvT— Mike Rosenbaum (@GoldenSombrero) October 27, 2018
Yep, with two strikes and winning run on second, Robert wasted a tough pitch by simply throwing his bat down at the ball to stay alive (Yoán Moncada, take note).
Robert’s reward? A choice-cut offering that he hopped on for a screaming liner down the left-field line, for the winner.