The Rafters' bullpen could not hold a 6-0 lead through five, falling to host Surprise 12-6 to snap a four-game winning streak.
That spoiled a fine performance by Sam Gaviglio who tossed his best outing of the fall campaign. The right-hander shut down Surprise on two hits and two base-on-balls over the first five. The 23-year-old fanned six with seven ground outs to no fly outs.
While Diamondbacks lefty Henry Garcia (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) was the third of four Rafters hurlers to allow the Saguaros to score, the Rafters' slide into defeat began when Mike Montgomery (TB) permitted three runs, two earned, on two errors, two wild pitches, a ground out and a single in the sixth.
Anthony Ferrara recorded the seventh inning's first two outs but departed after issuing back-to-back free passes. Garcia, who relieved Ferrara, threw gasoline on the fire by serving up two hits and three walks with the big blow being a grand slam that brought in both of Ferrara's runners plus two of Garcia's own.
Righty Jake Barrett (ARI) was equally ineffective, yielding four runs on three hits, including two long balls, and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning. Dean Kiekhefer ended the eighth by notching a fly out to right to strand a Barrett runner at second.
James Ramsey, the only Cardinals' prospect with an at bat, was a defensive replacement in left in the bottom of the sixth. He grounded out 4-3 in his only plate appearance.
Thursday's game: vs. Surprise, 1:35 pm CT, Drew Hutchison (0-0, 0.84)
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