Yoelqui Céspedes hit second today, and José Rodríguez held down the 8-spot over four at-bats, as the Glendale Desert Dogs emerged victorious over the Scottsdale Scorpions, 10-5. No Sox pitching prospects appeared in this game, but both hitters performed well. Céspedes went 2-for-5, an infield single and run scored in the first and a line drive in the fifth, and Rodríguez was 1-for-5 with a two-RBI single as part of a four-run seventh inning. (There is some wackiness in the box score with Rodríguez apparently erroneously designated as being substituted out in the sixth; he had two more at-bats after that, his ninth-inning strikeout notated as a pinch-hit appearance.)
Céspedes’ two hits brought his average up about 50 points to .217 (six games), and Rodríguez’s .125 night dropped his to .238 over the same span. The latter’s strikeout tonight was only his second overall.
J.B. Olson almost appeared on the mound, but it turned out to be another slip by the Gameday operator, who didn’t think anybody would be watching and certainly not writing about it?!?