Sam Gaviglio tossed four clutch frames as the Rafters upended the Javelinas 5-3 at home. The victory snaps a three-game losing skid by Salt River (3-6).
Gaviglio (W, 1-0) held Peoria to a tally on four singles, a hit batsman and sac fly while fanning four. The right-hander struck out two of the first three faced before running into turbulence in the second. Consecutive singles plus a hit batter loaded the bases with no one out. A sac fly gave the visitors a 1-0 lead before Gaviglio yielded another single that re-loaded the sacks. A tailor-made 6-4-3 double play allowed the 23-year-old to dodge further damage.
The third opened with the first two batters reaching against Gaviglio, the first on the final single given up by the Oregon State product while the next batter reached on a fielding error by the Rafters' first baseman. Gaviglio generated a force at second that left runners at the corners then induced another 6-4-3 double play. His night finished with a clean fourth that saw a 6-3 ground out plus two swinging K's. Gaviglio threw 68 pitches, 47 for strikes, and did not issue a free pass.
Stephen Piscotty continued his assault on Arizona Fall League pitching, singling and doubling in three at bats with a base-on-balls while touching home once. The right fielder added his fifth stolen base in as many attempts which places him one off the league lead held by Salt River's other big bat, Toronto outfielder Kenny Wilson.
The Rafters' clean-up hitter tripled to center to begin the second only to watch the next three batters fan swinging. He worked a free pass to jam the sacks full with none out in the fourth, an inning that saw the home squad push across two to take a 2-1 lead. Piscotty grounded out to second with a runner on third to finish the fifth but singled and scored the Rafters' fourth tally in the eighth.
Jacob Wilson had his most productive day at the plate since an October 9th start, going 2-for-4 with two RBI out of the eight hole. The second baseman's first two at bats were unproductive with a ground out to short and pop out to third but that changed in his final two trips to the plate. Wilson lined a single to left to kick off the seventh and drove in Piscotty and Nick Ahmed with a single to right in the eighth.
Saturday's game: at first-place Mesa (7-1), 7:35 pm CT, Drew Hutchison (TOR) (0-0, 0.00)
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