Surprise could not make an early 2-0 lead hold up as they were downed by host Scottsdale 6-3. It is the Saguaros' third loss in their last four contests.
Ben Rowen (Texas) took the loss when he gave up three runs, two earned, over the third and fourth innings. That gave the Scorpions a lead they would not relinquish. The game was within reach until the sixth when Sam Freeman entered the game.
Freeman began with a strikeout but a single to left that was deflected by Surprise's third baseman put a runner on. A pickoff attempt by the lefty went awry, resulting in the runner advancing to third. Freeman fanned the number nine hitter but two more singles brought a run across with more runners on first and second respectively. An ensuing fielding error by the Saguaros' right fielder plated two more before Freeman caught the Scorpions' clean-up hitter looking at a third strike for the final out. The 25-year-old yielded three tallies, one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts. He threw 27 pitches, 19 for strikes.
Lead-off batter Mike O'Neill went hitless for his second straight game, going 0-for-5. The left fielder struck out in the first and again in the second. The latter may have been part of an attempted hit-and-run since the first base runner was caught stealing on the same play. O'Neill hit a soft grounder to short in the fifth and lined out to center in the seventh. His 4-3 ground out in the ninth was the last out of the game.
Kolten Wong, who was a perfect 4-for-4 the last time he faced Scottsdale, went 1-for-4 Thursday, while hitting third. He fanned swinging with one on first in the initial frame. Wong faced the same situation in the third and ground into a 4-6-3 double play. The second baseman was at the plate in the fifth when his Surprise teammate was nailed trying to steal second for the third out of the inning. After a pitching change, Wong lined a single up the middle. He was forced at second by the next batter. Wong finished the day by striking out swinging to open the eighth.
Friday's game: vs. Phoenix, 6:35 pm MT (8:35 pm CT), TBD
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