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October 15, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Quiet night for Sox prospects in Solar Sox loss

10/15 Cup of Coffee: A day after easily handling Phoenix 10-6, the Mesa Solar Sox were downed by the Desert Dogs, 4-2. It was a quiet night for Red Sox prospects, as only Luis Exposito was in the lineup as the designated hitter, going 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts and a walk. Mesa jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the third as Bryan Peterson (FLA) homered to right. Richie Lentz entered in the third and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and allowing just 1 hit to keep the lead safe. Phoenix responded in the fifth, taking advantage of an error and two doubles to take a 2-1 lead. Peterson lead off the fifth with a double and eventually scored on a ground-out to knot the score at 2-2 after five.

Trouble found the Solar Sox again in the top of the 6th as Brandon Waring (BAL) homered to put the Desert Dogs ahead, 3-2. An inning later, Chris Marrero (WAS) added an insurance run with his RBI single, extending the lead to 4-2 for Phoenix. Highly regarded Nationals prospect Drew Storen came in for the save in the ninth, allowing a lead-off double to Ryan Mount (LAA), but shutting the door on the Solar Sox to earn the save. Mesa out-hit Phoenix 12-11, but left 19 men on base as they could not take advantage of scoring chances.

The Solar Sox return to action this afternoon against the Suprise Rafters at 2:35 EST.

Player of the Night: Richie Lentz, who struck out 3 batters and allowed only one hit, a lead-off double, in keeping Phoenix scoreless in the third and fourth innings.