The Rafters overcame an early 2-0 hole to triumph 3-2 over host Surprise on Monday. The win allowed second-place Salt River (2-3) to keep pace with Mesa, a squad they trail by 2 ½ games in the three-team Arizona Fall League East division.
Four St. Louis Cardinals' prospects saw action in the contest with right fielder Stephen Piscotty's performance leading the way. Piscotty singled four times in as many at bats, stole a base and knocked in the tying run in the sixth. The 36th selection in the June 2012 First-Year Player Draft, hitting sixth, lined a single to center to open the second before sending a grounder into right with two out in the fourth.
Piscotty came to bat with runners at first and second with one out in the sixth and lined a single to left that tied the contest at two all. The Stanford product promptly swiped his third bag of the fall campaign then advanced to third via a wild pitch that brought the go-ahead run across. Piscotty's final hit was a fly ball single to right with one out in the eighth but he was erased when stable mate James Ramsey forced him at second.
Left fielder Ramsey went hitless in four at bats with one strikeout, batting in the seven hole. He reached in the eighth after forcing Piscotty but was left at second after stealing his second base in as many attempts.
Anthony Ferrara and Dean Kiekhefer were two of seven Salt River hurlers to take the mound. Ferrara worked out of a self-induced jam in the bottom of the sixth created when he put the first two runners on via a walk and hit batsman. The lefty got the Saguaros' number eight hitter to line out to left then finished the frame with two ground outs.
Kiekhefer followed Ferrara to the mound but had to deal with his own difficulties as well. The 24-year-old yielded a lead-off double to put the tying run in scoring position with none out. Kiekhefer, however, froze the runner there when he notched two called strikeouts plus a fly out to left. Colorado right-hander Dan Houston was credited with the win by tossing a clean sixth and John Stilson (TOR) picked up his first save.
Tuesday's game: vs. Surprise (2-3), 7:35 pm CT, TBA
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