Surprise was shut out on four hits on Monday as they were downed by host Peoria 3-0.
Starter Boone Whiting, facing the Javelinas for the second time in his three starts, took the loss to drop his record to 1-1. The right-hander retired the first seven batters he faced before yielding consecutive doubles that drove in the first run in the third. A single and a free pass loaded the bases with only one out but Whiting recorded the third of his five strikeouts and a pop out to limit the damage.
A lead-off single by in the fourth came back to bite Whiting when the runner came around to score via a steal, single and sac fly to right. The 23-year-old fanned five over four frames with five hits and a walk that resulted in two tallies, both earned. He threw 61 pitches, 38 for strikes, with two ground outs and four fly outs.
Designated hitter Mike O'Neill and second baseman Kolten Wong were St. Louis' representatives in the line-up. Both players were among the five Saguaros to go 0-fer on the day. O'Neill lined out and Wong grounded out in the first. The former came to the plate in the third with a runner on first but was caught looking at strike three to end the inning. Wong popped out to Peoria's shortstop in foul ground in the fourth and both grounded out in the sixth. O'Neill began the ninth by lining out to second and Wong's 4-3 ground out was the final out of the contest.
Tuesday's game: at Salt River, 6:35 pm MT (4:35 pm CT), Seth Blair (1-0, 0.00)
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