The Rafters pushed across runs in seven of nine frames as they pounded the Javelinas 20-0 on the road. Salt River (7-9) has compiled a modest three-game winning streak which moves them into a second-place tie with Scottsdale, which has dropped three straight. Both squads are 3 ½ behind Mesa in the standings.
Stephen Piscotty contributed by singling three times in five at bats with a walk and three runs scored. After a scoreless first, the clean-up hitter kicked off the second with his team's first hit, a single to left. Unfortunately, Piscotty was erased from the base paths when he was caught stealing for the first time in seven attempts His subsequent 4-3 groundout was the final out in the third. The right fielder worked his only base-on-balls with two out in the fifth, the second inning in which Salt River did not score.
Piscotty finally broke through with a tally after leading off the seventh by lining a single to right. A wild pitch, single and two free passes eventually forced him across to make the score 8-0. He singled to center to begin the eighth and touched home on a double. The 22-year-old reached on a two-base throwing error by Peoria's third baseman in the ninth and trotted home on Cristhian Adames' (COL) first long ball.
James Ramsey was not nearly as productive at the plate, going 0-for-5 with a walk. The centerfielder was one of two Rafters without a hit and the only one not to score. He ground out to begin both the first and third, flew out to right for the final out in the fourth before working a one-out base-on-balls in the sixth. A wild pitch moved Ramsey to second but he was left there. He ground out in the seventh before reaching on a fielding error by the second baseman in the ninth. Ramsey's offense night ended when he was forced at second.
Dean Kiekhefer was the fourth of five Salt River hurlers that joined forces to shut down Peoria on five hits. The southpaw got the Javelinas' number eight batter on a fly out to center before coaxing a grounder to first for the second out of the eighth. Peoria's lead-off hitter lined a single to center but Kiekhefer induced a 6-3 ground out to finish the frame. Arizona's Bo Schultz (W, 1-0) fanned five in five innings, allowing two hits while not walking a batter.
Sunday's game: League day off
Monday's game: at first-place Mesa (10-5), 1:35 pm CT, Grayson Garvin (TB) (1-2, 5.11)
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