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November 15, 2009 at 7:09 AM

Solar Sox down Javelinas 4-2

11/15 Cup of Coffee: After dropping a pair of games to Phoenix, Mesa got back on track Saturday with a 4-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas. Meanwhile Phoenix, behind Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg, blanked the Saguaros 1-0 to narrow its magic number to one for clinching the Eastern Division crown. With four games remaining, the Desert Dogs hold a 3.5 game lead over the Solar Sox.

Mesa took an early lead in this game, scoring a single run in the second on a Chris Parmelee (MIN) home run. However, the Solar Sox gave it right back in the bottom half of the inning, when Tiger prospect Cale Iorg hit a two-run home run off Mesa starter Tommy Mendoza (LAA).

Mesa regained the lead for good in the third, scoring three times. Starlin Castro (CHC) led off the inning with a double and scored on a Parmelee double. Josh Vitters (CHC) then hit a two-run home run off Javelina starter Nick Hill (SEA) to complete the Solar Sox scoring.

The game then became a pitcher's battle, with neither team scoring over the final six innings. Dustin Richardson, credited with a hold, entered the game in the eighth and pitched a scoreless frame. He allowed 2 walks while striking out 2 Javelina batters. Minnesota prospect Alex Burnett earned his third save of the fall campaign, retiring the Javelinas in order in the ninth.

Luis Exposito went 2 for 5 in the game and is now hitting .295 with an OPS of .750. The Solar Sox's next game is Monday with a 2:35 pm EST start against Phoenix.