Surprise scored six times in the first four innings to easily down visiting Phoenix, 6-1.
The Cardinals' sole representative in the contest was Kolten Wong, who went 1-for-5 with a run scored and another driven in. The second baseman, batting in his usual two slot, came up in the first with a runner on second as a result of a single and stolen base. His line out to center advanced the runner to third which set up the eventual score on a wild pitch.
Unfortunately, Wong did not come through in the second when the situation had runners at the corners with one out. His swinging strikeout was the first of two that stranded both runners.
There were better results in the fourth when the Saguaros plated three more runners to extend their 3-1 lead. A lead-off free pass and single put the first two on, but two quick outs created the possibility of another futile scoring effort. Wong changed that with a sharp line drive single up the middle that brought one runner across and sent the other to third. The recent 22-year-old advanced to second on a throwing error by the Desert Dogs' center fielder. A single to left drove in both runners for the final tallies of the game. Wong finished the day by grounding out 4-3 in the sixth and eighth.
Starter Justin Marks upped his record to 3-0 by holding Phoenix to one run, earned, on four hits and a walk over four. The southpaw out of the Royals' organization fanned four. Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson dropped to 1-1 when he yielded three tallies, earned, on four hits, including a two-run bomb, and a walk in two innings. He struck out four as well.
Saturday's game: vs. Peoria, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 pm CT), Boone Whiting (1-1, 2.89)
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