It was a long day for Saguaros' pitching as Surprise was slammed by visiting Phoenix 15-1.
Starter Kevin Siegrist was charged with his first loss when he gave up six hits and a free pass that produced four runs, all earned, in two innings. The lefty induced a ground out to start the game but it was all downhill from there. Two infield singles and a liner to center jammed the sacks full for the Desert Dogs' next batter who reached on a fielder's choice to short. The fielder's choice did not record an out but did produce Phoenix' first tally. Siegrist struck out the number six hitter swinging but then coughed up a ground-rule double to left that brought two more across. The final out of the frame was a strikeout looking.
Siegrist was touched for another run in the second via two hits to center: a one-out double and two-out single. The 23-year-old ended his stint by picking off the runner at first, 1-3-4. Siegrist threw 56 pitches, 37 of them for strikes.
Six more Saguaros pitchers followed with the Mets' Greg Peavey being the only one not to be scored upon. Peavey tossed the seventh and eighth thereby showing that Phoenix' batters could be gotten out. On the other hand, the Desert Dogs had 19 hits for 14 runs by that point so it is possible that they were tired by the time Peavey pitched.
Surprise had nine hits with their only run being the result of second baseman Colin Walsh. Walsh, batting fifth, led off the second by sending one over the wall in right center which was his only hit in four at bats. He lined out to short in the third then ground into a 5-4-3 double play in the sixth. Walsh struck out swinging in the eighth but reached base on a missed catch error by the Desert Dogs' catcher.
The Saguaros' catcher Cody Stanley was St. Louis' other representative in the game. Stanley fanned swinging in the second but got aboard in the fifth by sending one up the middle with one out. He advanced on a wild pitch to second, where he was stranded. Stanley finished his 1-for-4 day by grounding out 4-3 in the seventh and flying out to center in the ninth.
Thursday's game: at Scottsdale, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 pm CT), Ben Henry (TEX - 0-0, ---)
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