It was a different day, but same results for Salt River as they dropped an 8-6 decision at Glendale, their fourth loss in five games. The Rafters (2-5) are now tied with Scottsdale for second, 4 ½ behind Mesa, who are in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
Southpaw Grayson Garvin (TB) took his first loss in two decisions when he yielded four runs, three earned, in his fourth and final inning of work. Garvin allowed four hits and three bases-on-balls overall with four strikeouts.
St. Louis' Lee Stoppelman, who entered with two out and three runs across in the sixth, walked the Desert Dogs' clean-up hitter but induced a pop out to second to strand one inherited runner and keep the score at 8-4. Stoppelman worked around a lead-off single in the seventh, coaxing two groundouts and a called strikeout.
Piscotty, batting clean up, went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and walk, two runs scored, an RBI and his fourth stolen base of the campaign. The designated hitter grounded out to begin the second, doubled to left and scored in the fourth, worked a two-out free pass in the fifth and capped his production with a run-scoring triple in the seventh that put him in position to score on Ramsey's sac fly. Piscotty's overall line now stands at .391/.440/.565/1.005, 9-for-23 in six games with two free passes and six strikeouts. That batting average puts him third in the league among those players with 20 or more at bats.
Ramsey doubled in his only official at bat, walked twice, touched home once and drove in one. The centerfielder drew a base-on-balls with two out in the second and was at the plate when Piscotty stole third base in the fourth just prior to his second consecutive walk. Ramsey had a lead off double to left and subsequently scored in the sixth and finished the day by sending a fly ball to center to bring in Piscotty in the seventh. The Rafters' number seven hitter boasts a line of .462/.556/.846/1.402, 6-for-13 in four games with four walks and three strikeouts.
Thursday's game: vs. Glendale (4-2), 7:35 pm CT, Aaron Sanchez (Tor) (0-0, 0.00)
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