Surprise evened its record to 3-3 with a 4-0 shutout of visiting Scottsdale on Monday.
While no St. Louis pitchers took part, four Saguaros hurlers combined to limit the Scorpions to six hits, led by southpaw Justin Marks. Marks, who comes from the Kansas City organization, earned his first win by striking out three with only a single in his third and final inning of work. The Mets' Ryan Fraser and Adam Kolarek each went two frames with two hits while Kolarek issued one free pass. Edwin Carl, also from the Royals' stable, yielded a hit and a base-on-balls over the final two innings.
Surprise took an immediate lead with two in the first as Kolten Wong, the Cardinals' sole game representative, took a key role. Designated hitter Whit Merrifield (KC) opened with a single and promptly stole second. Wong's line drive single to center plated Merrifield for the Saguaros' first run with Wong advancing to second on a fielding error by Scottsdale's center fielder. The second baseman was erased from the base paths when he was nailed trying to steal third, however. That wiped out a tally when Chris Gloor, the Scorpions' lefty starter, issued a walk and consecutive singles that drove in another run.
Wong came to bat in the second with runners at first and second with one out and again came through with a single to right off Gloor that drove in Surprise's third score of the contest. Wong was erased trying to take second on the play, 9-1-6 on the scorecard. He ground into a 4-6-3 double-play in the fourth and grounded out to short in his final at bat in the seventh to finish his 2-for-4 day. Wong is batting .353 in the early going.
Tuesday's game: at Scottsdale, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 CT), Boone Whiting (0-0, 4.50)
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