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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017

Four days and seven games into my week at the AFL, I am still awaiting a pitcher who looks in charge.

On the other hand, hitting has been contagious, and over those games three had walkoff hits, which is not so easy a task.

For the early Thursday game, Hohokam was the venue as the Solar Sox hosted the Desert Dogs, handed them a lead, and than snatched it back to close out the game.

The big stick for Mesa belonged to Cubs third base property Junior Lake, a 21-year-old who was a homer short of the cycle who singled in the first and swiped a bag, and tripled home Brian Dozier who led off the ninth with a walk before crossing home with the game winner.

On the Desert Dogs side, Adeiny Hechavarria clubbed a long homer for the Dogs in a losing cause where his team culled 11 walks to just seven hits that were simply not enough to keep Mesa down.

The nightcap at the beautiful new Salt River facilty was pretty much over when it started as the River Rafters plated seven runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back.

Hits augmented by a complement of four throwing errors--which remind me that the AFL is a lovely combination of serious pros sometimes mimicking little--forced Peoria to play unsuccessful catch-up that looked as futile as it was.

Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen contributed three hits and a pair of runs to lead the offensive cascade as Salt River pounded out 15 hits and 13 runs, prevailing 13-4.

Of note for the Javelinas was Oscar Tavares' ninth inning home run, a shot that was crushed as was Jefry Marte's sixth inning jack off Josh Zeid.

Like I said, this fall a pitcher who can get hitters out consistently is a hard act to find.

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