Salt River (4-8) could not dig out of an early 4-0 hole, falling 5-3 to visiting Peoria. The Rafters' .333 winning percentage is dead last in the Arizona Fall League.
Tampa Bay's Grayson Garvin yielded four runs on nine hits and a walk over 3 1/3 for his second loss in three decisions. Southpaw Henry Garcia was impressive, fanning three in 1 2/3 to strand three inherited runners. The Diamondbacks prospect allowed two hits. Lefty Alex Sougard (HOU) was credited with the win, tossing two frames of shutout ball in his third start.
Lee Stoppelman took the mound for the eighth and his third appearance for Salt River went exactly like his first two, scoreless. St. Louis' 24th round selection in the June 2012 First-Year Player Draft issued a free pass to the initial batter but notched his first out when he caught the Javelinas' lead-off hitter looking at strike three. The 23-year-old recorded his second out via a force at second then watched his catcher nail the runner in an attempted steal of second.
Stephen Piscotty and Jacob Wilson represented St. Louis in the Rafters' line-up. Piscotty, just named the league's Player of the Week, doubled once in four at bats with a run scored and an RBI. The right fielder ground out to short in his first two at bats but his third double of the Fall campaign knocked in a run in the sixth to make the score 5-2. Piscotty touched home on a ground-rule double to right for his squad's final score but ended the night on a swinging K with the bases loaded to end the seventh.
Wilson hit in the eight hole, going 1-for-4. The second baseman popped out to the catcher in foul ground in the third, flew out to center in the fifth and led off the seventh by grounding out to short. Wilson finally broke through by lining a single to center to begin the ninth but was stranded at third. He participated in two double plays in the field.
Wednesday's game: at Surprise (7-5), 1:35 pm CT, Aaron Sanchez (TOR) (0-1, 3.65)
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