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October 25, 2009 at 6:43 AM

Bierd has strong outing in Mesa's extra-innings win

10/25 Cup of Coffee: After giving up a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, the Solar Sox rebounded with a run in the tenth inning to edge the Surprise Rafters, 4-3.

Mesa took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Ryan Kalish singled, went to third on a a single by David Cooper (TOR), and scored on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the third, the Rafters evened the score off Solar Sox starter, Randor Bierd, when Jeff Bianchi (KC) walked and scored on a Jarrod Dyson (KC) triple. Bierd threw 5.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a walk. He struck out 5.

The Solar Sox regained the lead in the sixth when a Jose Iglesias single was followed by a Hank Conger (LAA) home run. Mesa took this lead into the bottom of the ninth only to see Ike Davis (NYM) and Brandon Laird (NYY) hit back-to-back home runs off Mesa reliever Blake Parker (CHC) to send the game into extra innings. In the tenth, Cooper homered to give the Solar Sox what proved to be the winning run.

Kalish and Iglesias each went 1 for 5 and scored a run, and Iglesias also stole his second base of the fall season. Casey Kelly went 0 for 4 as Mesa's designated hitter, striking out twice.

Player of the Night: Randor Bierd, who gave up just 1 run on 2 hits in 5.0 innings of work.