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Desert Dogs limping down the stretch

But Luis Basabe and Laz Rivera did provide Sox positives

Man of the People: Basabe reached base twice in his return to the Desert Dogs lineup.

Surprise Saguaros 9, Glendale Desert Dogs 2

Luis Basabe (CF): 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Luis Robert (DH): 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Danny Dopico: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Basabe started off the game on the right foot, with a five-pitch walk. However, once Robert was up with two runners on base, he fouled out and Glendale could not muster a run. Surprise did not squander its chances, putting up a four spot in the bottom of the first.

As the game went on, the Desert Dogs misery continued. Their pitchers allowed two more runs, to take the game out of reach. However, Basabe and Rivera were productive. Basabe singled in the fifth inning, and eventually got into scoring position. Sadly Robert, again, was not able to drive him in.

In the next inning, Glendale finally was able to score. Rivera drove in the second of two runs of the inning with a single, and then Basabe and Robert both turned in outs in their next plate appearances. Chuck also seems to like Rivera’s defense at short.

Robert finally added a hit in the last inning, a single, after Danny Dopico melted down in the bottom of the eighth. At least all the White Sox hitters added some sort of excitement in this blowout loss.

Though Robert’s end-of-AFL-season mini-slump continues, he still has some hardware after a great week.