Rafters' Arenado drives in another run
Puckett hits three-run homer, but Dogs drop seventh straight
Ten games into the Arizona Fall League schedule, the Phoenix Desert Dogs have been two different teams: first, a dominating force and, lately, a doormat.
Rockies prospect Nolan Arenado singled in the tying run in a four-run seventh inning Friday as the Salt River Rafters rallied for a 7-5 victory over the last-place Desert Dogs.
Salt River (8-2) has won three in a row to remain atop the Eastern Division, while Phoenix (3-7) has dropped seven straight games.
The Desert Dogs took a 4-2 lead to the seventh, but Astros prospect Jake Goebbert doubled with one out and scored one out later on a throwing error by Blue Jays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. After another throwing miscue by Hechavarria allowed a run to score, Arenado singled home Adam Eaton (D-backs) and Ryan Wheeler (D-backs) put the Rafters in front with an RBI base hit.
Rob Segedin (Yankees) led off the bottom of the seventh with his first AFL homer, but Salt River answered in the ninth as Jake Lemmerman (Dodgers) came home on a balk by Reds prospect Brad Boxberger.
The Rafters had gained an early edge as Rob Brantly (Tigers) smacked a two-out, two-run double off Reds left-hander Travis Webb.
Another Reds prospect, outfielder Cody Puckett, put the Desert Dogs in front an inning later with a three-run homer off starter Joe Gardner (Rockies).
Gardner, who was acquired from Cleveland in the trade involving Ubaldo Jimenez, gave up three runs on five hits in two innings. The Rockies' No. 10 prospect struck out four and threw 50 pitches.
Ryan Ortiz (A's) increased the advantage to 4-2 with an RBI single in the fourth, but Phoenix left the bases loaded in the fifth after Casey Weathers (Rockies) issued three consecutive walks.
Andrew Pentis is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.