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Dopico capsizes Rafters with four Ks

Four White Sox factor in Glendale’s extra-inning win

Dunk Shot: Danny Dopico was spitting fire on Wednesday, with just five of 22 pitches called balls, and whiffing four in two innings.
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Glendale Desert Dogs 12, Salt River Rafters 6 (10)

Laz Rivera (batting third, 2B): 1-for-5, R, K, BB (.265)

Luis Basabe (pinch-ran in 10th, DH): 0-for-0, R (.208)

Tanner Banks (SP): 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K, 39 GS, 69 pitches/45 strikes (2.87)

Danny Dopico (pitched 6th-7th): 2 IP, H, 4 K, 22 pitches/17 strikes (2.79)

Weird score for an extra-inning game, eh?

Salt River came back with a run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra time, but the Desert Dogs weren’t having it.

Glendale put up a six-spot in the top of the 10th to secure the win and improve to 8-11 on the season.

Rivera didn’t do much damage during his Luis Robert imitation in the No. 3 hole, singling with one out in the top of the first to put runners on the corners, but pretty much taking the collar from there: fly out to center to end the third, walk in the sixth, swinging strikeout in the seventh, foul pop out to first in the ninth, ground out in a fielder’s choice at second in the 10th.

Basabe came on to pinch-run after Martin Cervenka doubled in the 10th and eventually scored Glendale’s 10th run.

Banks started the game and was hit up pretty well (eight hits, three of them doubles), but was only tagged for two earned runs, due to an Errol Robinson error at shortstop in the fifth that helped contribute to a three-run inning for the Rafters. Banks would depart after the fifth, trailing 5-1.

Glendale got Banks off the hook for the loss, however, scoring 11 runs in the final five frames.

Dopico was butter in his outing, whiffing four Rafters in the sixth and seventh innings, and throwing just five pitches for balls in the process.