[tps_header]GLENDALE, Az – The Glendale Desert Dogs lost 1-0 today, with Pirates left-handed pitching prospect Cody Dickson taking the loss. Dickson pitched a single inning in relief, giving up a run on two hits, with one strikeout. He gave up a double to Dustin Fowler, and an RBI single to Tyler Austin for the run to score. Dickson was sitting 89-92 MPH with his fastball, and pounded the strike zone, throwing 11 of 15 pitches for strikes.

Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire were both in the lineup today. Meadows went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He looked fooled on the second strikeout, getting way ahead on a curveball in the dirt in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-2 count. His other strikeout came on a fastball on a 2-2 count.

McGuire went 0-for-3, but looked great on defense, throwing out two runners — one at second and one at first. The caught stealing at second base came against Tyler Austin, who has only been caught 7 times in 66 attempts (10.6%) in his minor league career. Between innings, McGuire was getting some advice from Bill Haselman, who is a manager in the Dodgers’ system, and caught parts of 13 seasons in the majors, with almost 3800 career big league innings behind the plate.

Check out the photos below of the day one action. My flight was delayed this morning, which led to a delay getting to Phoenix, so I spent most of the game getting caught up and taking photos. I also learned what a disaster the rental car process is at the Phoenix airport, where they bus you a few miles to a rental car center, rather than having the rental car companies in the terminal like a normal airport.

I’ll have some more AFL specific content tomorrow afternoon.[/tps_header]

Meadows McGuire AFL 11:5

Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire watching the action from the dugout while Glendale was at the plate.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Nice pictures.

    Looking at the shot of Haselman and Mcguire makes you realize it’s not just prospects mixed together, but coaching staffs too. That’s an interesting dynamic I really never thought about. I’m sure there is a lot of unwritten rules and etiquette on what coaches can say, should say and so forth. I’m sure it’s a good place for your guys to learn and get another point of view and feedback. But spy a little bit too. I got to get out there someday. Gotta be nothing but radar guns and tablets in the stands, Tim.

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