Rutherford triples in Desert Dogs loss

Working through a slump: Gavin Sheets has been off to a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, but he got a hit in tonight’s loss. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)

Peoria Javelinas 5, Glendale Desert Dogs 2

Vince Arobio (RP): 1 1/3 IP, H, 0 BB, 1 K (8.31 ERA)
Tyler Johnson (RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (0.00 ERA)
Blake Rutherford (CF): 1-for-3, 3B, K (.182 BA, .659 OPS)
Gavin Sheets (1B): 1-for-3 (.174 BA, .425 OPS)

Things got off to a rough start for the Desert Dogs, as they fell behind early and could not rally. Starting pitcher Griffin Roberts ran into trouble in the first inning, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits, a hit by pitch, and an error. That early 4-0 deficit proved to be too large for the Desert Dogs to overcome. The Desert Dogs finished the night 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position. Their only runs came on an Omar Estevez single in the third and a Kramer Robinson groundout in the fifth.

The main highlight among players in the White Sox’s system came in the fifth inning, when Blake Rutherford smacked a triple and came around to score on a groundout. As a result, the Desert Dogs trimmed their deficit to 5-2.

Gavin Sheets has gotten off to a rough start in the Arizona Fall League, but he got a hit today, as he seems to be slowly turning things around. Sheets’ 1-for-4 performance raised his batting average to .174, and he is still looking to flash some power this fall.

Pitcher Vince Arobio also had a strong performance, as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings of relief. Arobio pitched around a leadoff double in the fifth, and that was the only baserunner he allowed. Of the other four hitters Arobio faced, one struck out, two grounded out, and one lined out. Tyler Johnson also was reliable in relief, as he threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning in which all three batters he faced grounded out.

Despite solid efforts by players in the White Sox’s system, the Desert Dogs lost by a score of 5-2. The loss dropped the Desert Dogs to 3-5, and they will face the Javelinas again tomorrow night at 7:30 CST.

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Joe graduated in 2018 with a degree in economic consulting from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, also minoring in Japanese and studying abroad in Nagoya for a semester. He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Indianapolis after graduation. The White Sox are his favorite team in all of sports, and he considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to write about them on this great platform. He squeaked by with the 2018 #SoxMath championship despite intense competition from colleague Ashley Sanders. That experience helped put him on the map, as he started contributing to South Side Sox shortly afterward. Joe looks forward to delivering all sorts of content about our team.

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