Kolten Wong's third hit of the game resulted in the winning tally as the Saguaros sank the Rafters 5-4 in 10 innings Tuesday night.
Wong singled to right with one out in the tenth, advancing to second and third on a groundout and passed ball. Three Surprise batters subsequently took advantage of a lack of control by the Diamondbacks' Eric Smith (L, 1-1) by working consecutive free passes that forced Wong across the plate to break a four-all tie.
Wong swung the big bat for the Saguaros, accounting for four of his squad's runs. The second baseman came to the plate in the sixth with a runner on second and Surprise trailing 2-0 and cut the deficit in half by singling in the Royals' Alex McClure. Wong contributed to a three-run seventh when his two-out single to left plated two more runners to give the Saguaros a 4-2 lead. He finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI from the number two spot in the order.
Colin Walsh led off and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. The right fielder grounded out to second three times, fanned swinging once and struck out on a foul tip.
Starter Seth Blair extended his streak of not allowing an earned run to 9 1/3 innings. The right-hander worked around a lead-off single to begin the game by inducing a force out, ground out and the first of his five strikeouts. He sandwiched two more K's in the second around a base-on-balls before running into trouble in the third. A double and single by Salt River batters placed runners on second and third with none out. Blair fanned the Rafters' number two hitter before loading the bases with a walk. A passed ball charged to Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez advanced all runners and brought an unearned run across. Blair limited the damage with a strikeout looking and a come backer to the mound.
The 23-year-old threw 55 pitches, 36 for strikes, with four ground outs, five strikeouts, no fly outs, three hits, two walks and one unearned run in three frames.
Sam Freeman pitched the eighth and protected the tie score at the time. He allowed a leadoff single, but picked the runner off to end his scoreless frame. The left-hander added a strikeout in between. 12 of his 20 pitches were strikes.
Wednesday's game: vs. Phoenix, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 pm CT), Kevin Siegrist (1-0, 0.00)
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