Winter Ball: Cannon, Thigpen Go Offensive

Winter Ball: Cannon, Thigpen Go Offensive

Chip Cannon and Curtis Thigpen combined to drive in nine of the twenty-three runs that Phoenix scored Wednesday afternoon. Cannon launched his fifth home run of the fall, while Thigpen drove in six runs.

Chip Cannon got the offensive onslaught started in the top of the first, when he lined an RBI single to right off pitcher Sean White. The hit came on the first pitch which Cannon saw.

Still facing White in the second inning with two outs and one on, Chip Cannon drove a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for his second and third runs batted in of the game, and his fifth home run of the Arizona Fall League.

Barry Hertzler started the top of the fourth, but did not fare any better. Cannon got the latest rally started swinging on the first pitch that he saw, and drove it to right field for a single. Curtis Thigpen came to the plate one batter later with runners on first and second. After getting ahead in the count 3-0, Hertzler threw a 3-0 fastball down the middle for a strike, and then Thigpen fouled off two more pitches. On the seventh pitch of the at bat, the Jays catcher lined a double to left field scoring both runners.

Facing Stephen Kahn the next inning, Thigpen came to the plate with runners on the corners and hit another double, his fourth of the fall to center field, scoring one run.

In the eighth inning with Scott Tyler on the mound, Chip Cannon led the inning off with a double on a 3-1 count to center field. After Ben Zobrist singled to put runners on the corners, Thigpen launched a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall for his second home run of the fall.

Cannon finished the game 4-for-6 with a home run, three runs batted in, four runs scored, a walk, and a strikeout. Thigpen went 3-for-5 with a home run, six runs batted in, four runs scored, and a pair of walks.

Hawaii Winter Baseball League

Ryan Patterson went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Eric Nielsen went 0-for-1 in a pinch hitting appearance.

Mexican Winter League

Lee Gronkiewicz notched his first save of the winter league coming on to record the final two outs of the game. The right-hander got Doug Clark and Luis Cruz to fly out to left field after allowing a leadoff single.

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