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Robert homers in Glendale loss

RBIs from two White Sox prospects aren’t enough

Late Ignition: Luis Robert’s big blast came in the ninth — his first home run in the AFL.
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Scottsdale Scorpions 7, Glendale Desert Dogs 5

Luis Robert (batting third, RF): 1-for-5, 2 R, HR, RBI (.286)

Laz Rivera (batting ninth, 2B): 1-for-4, RBI, K (.273)

This contest was scoreless through five, and Scottsdale broke the tie open with authority, putting up a six-spot in the sixth.

The Desert Dogs counterpunched with four of their own in the seventh, an inning in which two White Sox prospects factored. Robert led off with a grounder to third, but advanced to second base on an overthrow at first. He would come around to score Glendale’s first run after a two-out, infield single by Steven Sensley pushed him to third and Martin Cervenka tapped him home. Rivera was the next batter, and his single drove in Sensley, making the game 6-3. Robert eventually ended the inning with a fly out to left, as Glendale batted around.

The only other notable moment came when Robert drove his first home run of the fall, a two-out solo homer to center field.

Robert’s two other at-bats also ended innings, a line out to right in the first, and a ground out to shortstop in the fourth.

Rivera had an afternoon of soft line outs, one to shortstop, another to right, and a K to go along with his RBI single.

Robert was named to the AFL All-Star team on Monday, on the strength of things like this: