The Rafters' bats translated 16 hits into 12 tallies as they stomped the Scorpions 12-2 on the road.
Right fielder James Ramsey, the only Cardinals starter, produced the most results, going 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and three driven in. His big hit was a three-run bomb that was part of the six runs Salt River pushed across in the eighth. The Rafters' number six batter swiped a bag as well in the second as the trail runner in a double steal. Ramsey whiffed twice and grounded into one double play.
Jacob Wilson pinch hit in the eighth prior to taking over second base duties. The Tennessee native singled once in two at bats, drove in his squad's final tally in the ninth and stole a base.
Relievers Anthony Ferrara and Dean Kiekhefer saw their first action of the season in Game 2 of the schedule. Ferrara took over for starter Grayson Garvin (W, 1-0) (Tampa Bay) after the southpaw shut down the opposition on a hit and base-on-balls over the first five. Ferrara induced a 4-3 ground out by Scottsdale's number nine batter before issuing a free pass. The 24-year-old finished the sixth by notching two swinging strikeouts to maintain his team's 5-0 advantage.
Kiekhefer, the fourth of five Salt River hurlers, faced the same batters in the eighth as did Ferrara in the sixth, thanks to the Scorpions putting two on the board in the seventh. Kiekhefer gave a single to right to open the frame but retired the next three via a force, swinging strikeout and 4-3 ground out.
Thursday's game: vs. Mesa (1-0-1), 7:35 pm CT, RHP Aaron Sanchez (Tor)
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