A day after the Rafters allowed the Saguaros to score in double digits, Salt River (10-10) turned the tables, blanking Surprise 10-0 at home.
The home squad pounded out 15 hits, led by left fielder Tim Wheeler (COL) who was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Blue Jays catcher Derrick Chung contributed three hits in four at bats, including a double and touched home twice.
James Ramsey was active at the top of the order, reaching base three times in five plate appearances and had a hand in four runs. Although the center fielder opened the contest with a foul tip strike out, he rectified that by working a free pass to start the third. Ramsey advanced to second via another base-on-balls and raced home on a line drive single to left by Stephen Piscotty that made the score 4-0.
The Georgia native came to the plate in the fourth with Chung on first and worked a one-out walk. Toronto third baseman Andy Burns doubled to left to bring both runners across and up the tally to 7-0. Ramsey closed the next frame by striking out swinging with two runners in scoring position.
Ramsey's only hit of the day was his seventh double as a Rafter. It came with runners at first and second and two outs in the seventh and drove in Salt River's final scores of the game.
Piscotty joined Jacob Wilson as the other two St. Louis prospects to take the field. The right fielder's sole hit in five at bats drove in Ramsey in the third. He got caught looking at strike three to kick off the Rafter's three-run second and flew out to left with a runner on second for the final out of the fourth. Piscotty finished by reaching on a 4-6 force in the sixth and grounding out 6-3 in the eighth (but made a great sliding catch in foul ground – ed.).
Wilson had two hits in four at bats and continues to make the most of his limited playing time. The second baseman put his team on the scoreboard with a three-run bomb in the second. He flew out to right to begin the fourth but singled home his squad's eight tally in the fifth. Wilson popped out to second in his final at bat. It was the sixth of his eight games to date in which the 23-year-old had at least one hit and third multi-hit contest.
Drew Hutchison (TOR) notched his first win as a Rafter, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls through five. The right-hander fanned three with a wild pitch. Four other Salt River hurlers combined to hold the opposition to just two hits and a walk over the final four innings.
Friday's game: vs. Glendale (9-9), 7:35 pm CT, Bo Schultz (ARI) (1-0, 1.47)
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