Four Rafters' hurlers joined forces to hold the opposition to four hits as Salt River (14-12) downed Peoria 3-1 on the road. The Rafters remain a half game out of first.
Aaron Sanchez (W, 1-1) struck out eight in five innings, yielding just a base-on-balls. The only tally given up by the Toronto prospect came in the fifth and was unearned. Sanchez hit a Javelina to put him on then allowed him to advance to third on his own missed pick-off attempt. Another errant throw by Sanchez permitted the next batter to reach and the run to score.
Dean Kiekhefer faced Peoria's top of the order in the sixth, retiring the first two on a called strikeout and grounder to first. The next two batters reached, however, after the Javelinas' number three hitter lined a single into left and the clean-up batter beat out a soft grounder to short. The southpaw squashed the threat on a fly out to right.
Rafters lead-off batter James Ramsey opened the contest with a bang, clouting his second bomb of the season over the right field wall. A single and another long ball followed to put Salt River up 3-0. After the Javelinas' starter issued a free pass, Jacob Wilson came to the plate and worked a base-on-balls as well. He advanced to second via a single but was stranded there.
That home run was Ramsey's only hit of the game in four at bats although he was issued a free pass to begin the seventh. Wilson went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and the aforementioned walk.
Saturday's game: vs. Peoria, 7:10 pm CT, Grayson Garvin (2-2, 3.71) – MLB Network
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