Seth Blair earned his first win as Surprise downed Phoenix 7-3 at home. The win, combined with Peoria's loss, moves the Saguaros into a first-place tie with a 5-3 record.
Blair fanned five in 3 1/3, retiring the side in order in the first and second. The righty alternated two strikeouts with two singles in the third, exacerbated by issuing a free pass to jam the sacks full. The frame ended with a play at the plate when the lead runner attempted to score on a pitch that strayed too far from catcher Cody Stanley. Blair was there to receive Stanley's toss and record the out.
The 23-year-old opened the fourth with the second of his two base-on-balls, following that up by hitting the next batter. Blair's final out was one of his three swinging K's for the game. The Rangers' Ryan Rodebaugh kept by Blair's personal shut-out intact by fanning the final two batters looking after loading the bases on a single to left.
Blair's final line was two hits and two walks over 3 1/3 with five strikeouts and no runs. He threw 59 pitches of which 33 were strikes. ESPN's Keith Law was at the game and tweeted, " …Blair throwing strikes and working 92-96..."
Taxi squadder Colin Walsh joined Stanley in Surprise's line-up on Wednesday with Walsh leading off and playing right field and Stanley batting clean-up. Neither factored in the Saguaros' first-inning tally but Walsh was part of a two-run second. He came to the plate with one run already across and a runner on second with two outs and his line drive single to right knocked in the frame's final tally. A free pass issued to Walsh in the sixth forced another runner across for a 4-1 lead.
Stanley went hitless in five at bats with a strikeout. Walsh reached base twice in five plate appearances with a single, walk and two RBI.
Thursday's game: at Phoenix, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 pm CT), Joe Van Meter (TEX) (0-0, 7.71)
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