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October 31, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Mesa and Scottsdale battle to an 11-inning tie

10/31 Cup of Coffee: In a game called after eleven innings, Mesa and Scottsdale battled to a 5-5 draw on Friday evening.

The Solar Sox scored four times in the top of the third to take the first lead of the game, punctuated by Chris Parmelee's (MIN) three-run homer following three singles. Scottsdale responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning on a double by Pittsburgh prospect Jose Tabata and a single by Arizona prospect Cole Gillespie. In the fourth, the Scorpions scored three times, driving starter Randor Bierd from the game. The three runs scored as a result of a single, a walk, a double, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly. He had given up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks over 3.2 innings. Mesa regained the lead in the fifth on a Hank Conger (LAA) solo home run, but Scottsdale's Buster Posey (SF) homered in the sixth to once again even the score.

The game remained tied for the next five innings before it was called due to league rules limiting contests to 11 innings. Mesa's best scoring opportunity came in the eighth, when the Solar Sox had two runners in scoring position with two out. David Cooper (TOR) led off the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner PJ Phillips (LAA), who advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Kalish walked, and following a fly out by Jose Iglesias, both runners advanced on a ground out. With runners on second and third, Greg Burns (FLA) struck out to end the threat.

Left fielder Kalish went 0 for 3 with two walks, while Iglesias went 0 for 5 in the contest. Mesa resumes play today with a 2:35 EST game against Phoenix on Saturday.