Winter Ball: DeJong Picks Up Win in Arizona

DeJong dominated Double-A this season

Three Jays played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the first Arizona Fall League game of the season Tuesday afternoon. While catcher Curtis Thigpen and designated hitter Chip Cannon combined for three hits, reliever Jordan DeJong picked up the victory in his AFL debut.

Curtis Thigpen batted third for Phoenix, while Chip Cannon was occupying the seventh hole. In his first at bat of the game Thigpen struck out swinging on just three pitches. Cannon did not fair much better, as he also struck out to lead off the bottom second. After working the count to 3-0, Cannon took three consecutive pitches for strikes. Thigpen flew out to right field in his second at bat.

Reliever Jordan DeJong came in to reliever starter Jeff Niemann to begin the fourth inning, and needed just ten pitches to retire the side in order. DeJong got Scott Moore to pop out to second, Matt Moses to pop out to the catcher in foul territory, and struck out Michel Abreu to end the inning.

With two outs and a runner on first during the bottom half of the inning, Chip Cannon delivered a sharp line drive single to right field, and on the throw to the cutoff man, second baseman Eric Patterson made a wild throw, which enabled the run to score.

Curtis Thigpen singled in his third at bat, while flying out to right field to end his night. Meanwhile Cannon added another single in the sixth inning, before grounding into a double play in the eighth inning.

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Eric Nielsen went 1-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in Tuesday evening. Nielsen lined a bases loaded single to left field in the bottom of the third inning to score Ryan Finan and Van Pope.

Nielsen is now batting .357 in 14 at bats this fall, while having driven in four runs. Recommended Stories

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