The AFL’s longest game ended today after a total of 17 innings played when the Mesa Solar Sox topped the Rafters by a score of 8-7. The game was a continuation of a suspended game from October 12th which was stopped after eleven innings with the score tied because of the Frank Robinson rule. The game finally went into the record books when Michel Abreu smacked a RBI single into center that scored A.J. Ellis. Jeff Fiorentino and Nolan Reimold were the only Orioles who finished the game today for the Rafters. Neither of them contributed a hit. Reimold did manage to work a walk from Kevin Slowey in the bottom of the 13th but was out at second when Travis Metcalf hit into a fielder’s choice. Reimold jacked a foul ball onto the roof of the Royals’ offices on the left field terrace. If it had been fair, it would have cleared the bullpen in left. Fiorentino popped out to the third baseman and catcher in his two plate appearances.
In the scheduled game which followed, Ryan Hubele got the nod at catcher and Reimold got a break from the field but started at DH. Fiorentino moved from left field to right field while Dustin Yount started at first base. Hubele and Fiorentino were the only Birds to get hits. In the bottom of the first, Fio went the other way and wrapped a line drive into short center for a base hit. He followed in the third inning with a walk but was shut out the rest of the way. Hubele drove a beautiful fly ball off the left center field wall for a double in the second inning. He tried to follow this in the sixth inning when he sent a ball deep to left field, which Bobby Malek pulled of the top of the wall for an out. Dustin Yount was playing in front of his father Robin today, and the closest he came to a hit was when he smoked a shot to the shortstop who dropped it and was charged with an error.
Nick McCurdy came into the game in the sixth inning with two outs and Eric Patterson on first. McCurdy’s magic was off today, as he gave up a base hit to Hunter Pence. Scott Moore followed with a shot to Craig Stansberry who couldn’t handle it and the runner scored. McCurdy then fanned Jake Fox to end the sixth inning. The next inning, Matt Moses took McCurdy’s first pitch into the right field bullpen for a towering home run. McCurdy escaped the inning without any further damage. Nick’s line for the day was 1 1/3 innings pitched, with four hits, one run and two strikeouts. His formerly perfect ERA is now at 1.69.
NOTES: According to the day’s media notes, Jeff Fiorentino is the league’s seventh best hitter this morning and the third best hitting outfielder. He trails The Marlins’ Brett Carroll and Cincinnati’s Chad Spann, who is having a splendid season here... Nolan Reimold’s average has dropped to .364 and he is no longer in the top ten. He trails Brett Gardner and Trevor Crowe as far as outfielders go... Reimold and Fiorentino continue to hold a piece of the leagues lead in doubles with five each. They share the top spot with Danny Richar and Gabriel Sanchez... Reimold has the second best OBP, trailing only Kory Casto... Fiorentino shares the league lead for extra base hits with six. He is tied with Ryan Braun and Danny Richar. He also has the league’s fifth best slugging percentage.
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