Seth Blair upped his record to 2-0 in Surprise's 7-2 victory at Mesa.
Blair's fourth start saw him give up his first earned run of the Arizona Fall League campaign. A 6-4-3 double play in the first negated the single and free pass yielded by the right-hander and upped his no earned runs streak to 10.1 innings. That came to an end in the second when the Solar Sox tied the game at one-all via a lead-off double, fly out to left that advanced the runner and sac fly.
Blair once again put runners on in the third when the Solar Sox' lead-off and number two hitters both singled, the latter for the second straight time. The Illinois native escaped harm by getting the three-hole batter on a fly out and fanning the clean-up hitter swinging.
The fourth began quietly enough when the first two Solar Sox flew out and struck out looking respectively. However, a base-on-balls and soft fly single to center put two more on. Mesa's number nine batter lined out to center for the final out of the inning and Blair departed with a 3-1 lead. Overall, he yielded five hits and two walks that produced one run, earned, with three strikeouts. Blair threw 73 pitches, 42 for strikes, in the longest of his four starts.
St. Louis' only positional player in the lineup Monday was second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong, batting in his customary two slot, went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. His groundout in his first at-bat advanced the runner to third, setting up Ranger Chris McGuiness' sac fly which gave Surprise a temporary 1-0 lead.
Wong had the trailing hit in back-to-back singles that kicked off the third. A plunked batter advanced both runners and jammed the sacks full with none out. Wong eventually crossed home on a groundout for the frame's second tally.
The 22-year-old followed up a fifth-inning groundout by working his first free pass in a Saguaro uniform. Wong's steal of second meant that he easily touched home on a double by Bryce Brentz (Boston) that put Surprise up 5-1. His final at bat resulted in a pop out to the third baseman in foul territory. In five plate appearances, Wong finished with one hit and one walk with two runs scored.
Sam Freeman tossed the ninth and gave up one unearned run on a single and base-on-balls. The southpaw got the first batter to line out to center but the next one reached on a throwing error by the Saguaros' shortstop. The runner advanced on the free pass and came home on a soft fly single to center. Freeman struck out Mesa's lead-off hitter swinging then sealed the win with a 6-4 force out.
Tuesday's game: at Salt River, 6:35 pm MT (8:35 pm CT), Kevin Siegrist (1-1, 4.50)
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