With Stephen Piscotty taking a day off, the Rafters could not even push a run across as they were shut out by the visiting Desert Dogs 6-0.
Salt River (2-6) was held to just three singles and a double and no player had more than one hit. James Ramsey, the only St. Louis prospect to take the field, went hitless in four at bats. The centerfielder batted second and flew out to left in his first at bat. Ramsey lined out to center in the fourth, the final inning of work for the White Sox' Stephen McCray (W, 2-0). McCray tossed a perfect stint, retiring all 12 batters faced with two of those on strikeouts.
Ramsey came up to the plate in the sixth with a runner on first and one out but lined out to right. The 23-year-old opened the ninth by flying out to left to finish his night.
Dean Kiekhefer and Anthony Ferrara both took the mound for the Rafters but with differing results. Kiekhefer began the fourth with his squad already down 5-0 and allowed the first four to reach base. A lead-off single followed by an RBI double plated Glendale's final tally of the day but the trail runner was nailed trying to take third, 7-6-5. That proved fortuitous as the lefty yielded an infield single plus a single to right that nicked off the second baseman's glove. Kiekhefer settled down to retire the next five consecutive batters on two swinging strikeouts, two ground outs and a soft liner to right.
Ferrara came in to pitch the ninth, which he accomplished on 13 pitches, nine of them strikes. The Florida native faced the top of the Desert Dogs' line-up and retired his initial batter via a line out to right. Ferrara then recorded two strikeouts, one called and the other on a foul tip.
Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (TOR) dropped his first decision for Salt River, permitting two runs on three hits, two bases-on-balls and a hit batsman over the first two frames.
Friday's game: vs. Peoria (3-5), 7:35 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 6.75)
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