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Glendale prevails in extras, 7-6

Adolfo, Sheets, Johnson all star in an upset win

Double his fun: Micker Adolfo had three hits on Friday, including his second homer of the AFL season.
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Glendale Desert Dogs 7, Surprise Saguaros 6 (11)

Micker Adolfo (rf) 3-for-5, R, HR (2), RBI (3) (.222 BA, .767 OPS)
Gavin Sheets (1b) 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (2), K (.188 BA, .462 OPS)
Tyler Johnson (rp, 6th) IP, BB, Hold (2), 19 pitches/nine strikes (0.00 ERA)
Bennett Sousa (rp, 7th) IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K, BS (1), 21 pitches/14 strikes (9.64 ERA)

Go figure, the AFL-worst Desert Dogs host the AFL-best Saguaros, and ... Glendale wins!

Better yet, three of four White Sox farmhands factored in the victory.

First, Adolfo homered in the fifth inning to double Glendale’s lead to 2-0.

In the sixth, Johnson kept his season scoreless streak alive with a tight (OK, wild) inning.

(Let’s ignore Sousa blowing the save in the seventh, when the Saguaros rallied to tie the game 4-4.)

And let’s skip to the thrilling (enough) finish, when Sheets was the “hero” of the 11th inning by starting the inning off at second base, advancing to third on a Nick Raquet wild pitch, then scoring on a Tyler Stephenson double. Stephenson later scored on a Jonathan India sac fly, and that run would be needed, as Surprise tallied one run in the 11th to draw within 7-6.

But, in the end, Glendale crept to 4-9 and within five games of AFL West-leading Surprise (elimination number a mere 12). Huzzah!