Boone Whiting faced a familiar foe on Saturday and emerged victorious as the Saguaros dropped the Javelinas 4-1 at home.
Peoria has been Whiting's opponent in three of his four AFL starts and the righty's record now stands at 1-1 with one no-decision against them. Overall, Whiting's record improves to 2-1 as he shut out Peoria on four hits over the first four frames. He issued one base-on-balls and fanned four. Two of the four hits were singles to the first two batters of the contest but a swinging strikeout and 6-4-3 double play quashed the threat.
A 5-4-3 double-play was the California native's best friend in the second inning as well when it erased a one-out walk and ensured that Whiting faced the minimum in that frame. Two more swinging K's kicked off the third before the Javelina's lead-off batter notched his second single in as many at bats. The runner was forced at second for the third out.
The final hit allowed by Whiting was another single to begin the fourth. But Whiting kept his personal shutout intact when he fanned yet another batter swinging and induced his third double-play in four innings. Whiting threw 51 pitches, 30 for strikes with four ground outs.
Designated hitter Mike O'Neill led Surprise's hit parade by going 3-for-3 with a run driven in. O'Neill, who batted ninth, was joined in the lineup by right fielder Colin Walsh and catcher Cody Stanley, hitting third and sixth respectively. O'Neill's first hit was a lead-off line drive single up the middle in the third but he was caught stealing. His single to left in the fourth advanced a runner and O'Neill's final single to left drove in Surprise's last tally in the sixth.
Walsh continues to struggle at the plate with an 0-for-3 day with a walk. He ground to first in his initial at bat and drew a base-on-balls in the third. Walsh's 1-6-3 line out advanced a runner in the fifth and in the seventh inning, he grounded out 5-1.
Stanley's sole hit in four at bats was a one-out single to center in the second that set up the Saguaros' first run. He followed that up with a fly out to center for the last out in the third, a strike out swinging to end the fifth and a ground out in the eighth. Stanley stranded three runners in scoring position.
Monday's game: vs. Mesa, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 pm CT), TBD
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