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Luis Robert massacres a baseball in Glendale’s loss

Skyrockets in Flight: No, that is not a shooting star in the Arizona sky — it’s a colossal Luis Robert home run launch.
Kim Contreras (@Cu_As)/South Side Sox

Mesa Solar Sox 6, Glendale Desert Dogs 4

Luis Robert (cleanup, RF): 1-for-4, HR (2), RBI (9), K, BB (.358)

Luis Basabe (leadoff, CF): 1-for-5 (.212)

Tanner Banks (starter): 1 23 IP, 5 ER, 5H, BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 13 game score, 52 pitches/31 strikes, L (2-1) (5.19)

Zach Thompson (fifth and sixth innings): 2 IP, H, 3 K, BB, 30 pitches/18 strikes (3.38)

Let’s just get this right out of the way:

Mike is right; turn up the goddang sound on this one.

What the hell — one more angle:

Thompson pitched well, Basabe led off and tapped one hit, and Banks, well, Banks struggled. But the story tonight was Robert’s absolute massacre of a ball in the sixth inning. Lord, he has been so much fun to watch this fall. The mind reels ...

But yeah, the Solar Sox rocked Tanner Banks, who started the game but got knocked out in the second inning, with the Desert Dogs trailing, 5-1, and unable to come back.

One of South Side Sox’s two new minors correspondents, Kim Contreras, tweeted a reasonable thought on his rough outing:

And a positive end note, from photographer Bill Mitchell, sitting next to Kim and audible in her Robert video:

The Desert Dogs have an off-day Thursday, before hosting the Scottsdale Scorpions on Friday.