Milwaukee's Nelson stays strong in Arizona
Phoenix hurler strong for three frames as Desert Dogs, Saguaros battle to 11-inning tie
Thursday was a long day in the desert.
Phoenix right-hander Jimmy Nelson turned in his second impressive start of the fall, but neither his Desert Dogs nor the visiting Surprise Saguaros were able to plate a run in extra innings, ending the game in a 2-2 tie after 11 frames.
Nelson, the Brewers' ninth-ranked prospect, allowed a run on two hits over three innings, walking one. The 23-year old surrendered one run in his first Arizona Fall League outing as well, earning the win in a 13-3 rout of Peoria on Oct. 12.
Nelson was one out from his securing his second AFL win when the fourth reliever, Grant Dayton (Marlins), gave up a single to Darrell Ceciliani (Mets). He advanced to third on a double by Brian Fletcher (Royals) and scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth.
Saguaros starter Joe Van Meter (Rangers) was charged with two runs on five hits over 3 2/3 frames. Top Marlins prospect Christian Yelich tripled home fellow Miami farmhand Kyle Jensen with two outs in the fourth, then scored on a double by Edward Salcedo (Braves).
Yelich doubled to extend the Desert Dogs' own rally in the bottom half of the ninth, but Max Stassi (A's) grounded into a bases-loaded double play to end the inning.
The Dogs loaded the bases again with two outs in the 10th on a pair of singles and a walk, but again came away empty-handed as Jensen popped out to catcher Christian Vasquez (Red Sox) in foul territory.
Vasquez scored the only run charged to Nelson, coming home on a groundout by fellow Boston prospect Michael Almanzar in the third.
Zack Cox is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.