Surprise converted 16 hits into 11 tallies as the Saguaros stomped the Scorpions 11-3 at Scottsdale. Their record stands at 4-3 as a result.
The Cardinals' Boone Whiting earned his first victory in his second start of the fall campaign. Whiting retired the side in order in the first then wiped out a lead-off free pass with a 4-6-3 double play in the second. The third inning saw the right-hander work around back-to-back two-out singles by catching the Scorpions' left fielder looking for his third strikeout. ‘
Another base-on-balls started Whiting's fourth and this time the 23-year-old could not escape without damage. A fielding error by second baseman Kolten Wong put runners at first and third with no outs. A sac fly to center brought the unearned tally across and ended Whiting's solid day. He allowed two hits, two walks, the unearned run and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings.
Four Surprise hurlers combined to shut out Scottsdale on two hits and three walks over the next 4 2/3 innings. That streak ended under Sam Freeman's watch in the ninth. Consecutive one-out singles put runners at first and second with both runners advancing on a groundout. Another single to left plated both runners for the final tallies of the game. The two earned runs charged to Freeman were both earned.
Left fielder Mike O'Neill joined Wong as St. Louis' position players in the contest. The latter was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in. O'Neill was aboard via a single in the first when Ranger Chris McGuiness got the scoring started with a three-run bomb to right-center.
O'Neill's only hit in six at bats came in the Saguaros' four-run second when he singled ahead of Wong's second single. The left fielder eventually touched home via a hit batsman while Wong raced in on a wild pitch. Wong followed up a third-inning single with a double to right in the fifth that drove in another tally. Wong's stellar day was finished when he was replaced in the field at the start of the sixth inning.
Wednesday's game: vs. Phoenix, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 pm CT), Seth Blair (0-0, 0.00)
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