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Huge crooked number can’t save Dogs

Rutherford stays warm, authors only White Sox highlight

Deep thoughts: “One day, my White Sox teammates will join me on offense.”
Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox

Scottsdale Scorpions 6, Glendale Desert Dogs 5

Blake Rutherford (lf) 1-for-5, R, 3B (3), 2 RBI (5) (.206 BA, .825 OPS)
Micker Adolfo (rf) 0-for-3, BB, K (.200 BA, .733 OPS)
Vince Arobio (rp, 4th-5th) 1 ⅓ IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 25 pitches/15 strikes (8.10 ERA)

At Camelback Ranch, the Desert Dogs were embarrassed out of the gate, giving up runs in four of the first six frames and falling behind 6-0 by the sixth. A five-run seventh fell short of getting them back into the game, with Rutherford getting things rolling for Glendale with a two-run triple with two outs to make the game 6-2. Three more runs scored before Jeren Kendall popped out with Adolfo on second (reached on error).

Let’s take a second to examine how bizarre Rutherford’s AFL season has been. He’s 5-for-29 (that’s a .172 average, not .206, but we’ve learned not to trust Arizona box scores), but with a .414 slugging percentage. Say what? Rutherford has one single this fall — along with one double and three triples. Crazy.