The Glendale Desert Dogs came into Tuesday afternoon with a 5-1 record and they were sending Mitch Keller to the mound for his second start. He threw three shutout innings last Wednesday. Logan Hill was the lone Pirate position player in the lineup, while Brandon Waddell made an appearance late in the game. It was a tie game into the ninth, then things got out of hand and Glendale lost 10-1.
In the first inning, Keller started off with a fly ball to left field for the first out. One pitch later, he had his second out on a grounder to shortstop. Keller then walked the next batter on four pitches, although GameDay had three of those pitches catching the corner of the plate. After a stolen base, the next batter went 2-2 before singling in a run. That was followed by a pop out to shortstop ...
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