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Saturday Rockpile: Arenado Plays Hero in Arizona Fall League Contest

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Nolan Arenado, shown here in the 2011 Futures Game, continues to show well in the well-publicized Arizona Fall League.
Nolan Arenado, shown here in the 2011 Futures Game, continues to show well in the well-publicized Arizona Fall League.

For the second straight night, the heavy underdog prevailed against a stacked team, as this time the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, who were seemingly unanimous World Series champion favorites, in five games. Chris Carpenter outdueled Roy Halladay, while Rafael Furcal (who has been mentioned as a longshot target for the Rockies this offseason) and Skip Schumaker provided all of the offense the Cards needed in the 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, the NL West champion Diamondbacks lost a heartbreaker to the Brewers, who won their first playoff series since 1982. Congratulations to both teams and their tremendous fanbases.

Salt River 4, Mesa 3 | MLB.com: Gameday
Nolan Arenado had another big day in Arizona Fall League play yesterday, as he drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh and the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth. The hit in the seventh was a one out single, while the walk-off was in the form of an RBI groundout/error combination. Arenado is hitting .333 with four RBI. Tim Wheeler went 0-for-4 yesterday to drop his average to .235. No other Rockies prospects participated in yesterday's contest. Follow along today, as the Rafters face Mesa again at 6:35 PM.

2012 Arizona Baseball Schedule Announced - University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site

Historic Hi Corbett Field, former spring training home of our Rockies, is going to get put to good use for the first time since the Rockies left after the 2010 season. The University of Arizona baseball team will be playing a little over half of their 2012 baseball games at the Tucson ballpark. Good to see.