AFL Recap: Mitchell Tolman Homers, Drives In Four Runs in Glendale Victory

Glendale came into Monday’s action riding a three-game winning streak and they need to win every game this week for a chance at the playoffs. Coming into the day, they trailed first place Peoria by three games, with four games left on the schedule. Mitchell Tolman was in the lineup on Monday and Brandon Waddell came out of the bullpen, as Glendale won 10-3 over Mesa.

Mitchell Tolman was in a 2-for-29 slump going into action last Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a walk that day, then picked up three hits on Saturday. After the team had off on Sunday, he picked right back up where he left off. Tolman hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat on Monday to give Glendale a 4-0 lead. By his second at-bat, the game was out of hand already. Tolman made it 9-0 with an RBI ground out. He was called out on strikes in the fifth inning,  then grounded out to shortstop in the seventh, leaving him 1-for-4 with four RBIs.

Brandon Waddell came out for the top of the fifth inning. He allowed a lead-off single, then picked up a strikeout for the first out. Waddell walked the next batter, then served up a single to load the bases. He picked up another strikeout for the second out, then got himself into trouble. Waddell got the next batter to hit the ball back to him, but he threw it away for an error, which scored two runs. That was followed by a wild pitch to bring in a third run. Waddell then picked up his third strikeout to end the inning. He threw 28 pitches in the frame, 18 for strikes.

  • Not only do they have to win out, but Peoria 16-11 has to lose all of their remaining 3 games. Peoria went dormie on Glendale, by also winning yesterday. If they both finish 16-14, is an elimination game required?

  • Always thought runs that score as a result of an error by the Pitcher should count as earned runs. Why reward a guy for screwing up?

    Add this to the list of changes I’d make if I was Commissioner for a day.

    • I always thought that way too, but then I figured that the statistic is for runs earned by the team at bat. Mesa didn’t earn those runs in this case. Not that we need more statistic measures, but there could be a “runs responsible for” statistic that would include errors by the pitcher, along with the hits, walks, and wild pitches that lead to runs.