Saguaros hurlers yielded 13 hits in Surprise's 7-0 shutout defeat at the hands of host Phoenix. With a win, they could have taken over first place, as West Division leader Peoria also lost Wednesday. Instead, Surprise remains ½ game behind with their playoff hopes pinned to Thursday's final games' results.
Southpaw Justin Marks was charged with his first loss against five victories when he yielded single tallies in the second and third. The Royals farmhand fanned six in four innings with five hits but did not issue a free pass. Four staff mates combined to give up the other seven hits with the biggest culprit being right-hander Edwin Carl (KC). Carl allowed three runs, earned, on four hits in 1 2/3.
Surprise's offense was held to just two hits as the team failed to capitalize on the five base-on-balls given up. A total of seven base runners were stranded with only three of those reaching scoring position.
Colin Walsh was the only Cardinal to take part. The right fielder joined Ranger Chris McGuiness as the Saguaros' representatives in the hit parade. Walsh singled to right in his first at bat as Surprise's number two batter. He was the trail end of back-to-back walks that came with two out in the third that put runners at the corners due to a throwing error on an attempted pickoff. Walsh began the sixth with a ground out to first, the frame in which McGuiness got his single. His 1-for-3 day at the plate finished on a swinging strike out that came with a runner at first.
Thursday's game: vs. Salt River, 12:35 pm AZ time (1:35 pm CT), Boone Whiting (3-1, 3.38). Peoria hosts Scottsdale.
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