Eight Rafters pounded out 14 total hits in their 8-1 road thumping of the Desert Dogs on Monday. Salt River (18-12) won for the 12th time in its last 15 games, only to keep pace with first-place Mesa, which they trail by a half game with three to go.
Stephen Piscotty and Jacob Wilson were two of six Rafters with two hits apiece. Piscotty reached base in his first three plate appearances, starting with a one out base-on-balls in the first although he was erased on a double play later that inning. His first home run as a Rafter led off the fourth, snapping a 1-1 tie, and capped his night by lining an RBI single into right that made the score 4-1 in the fifth. Piscotty touched home later frame ahead of Kyle Parker (COL) who smashed his fourth home run of the fall campaign. The right fielder finished by flying out to center and popping out to short.
Wilson joined the fun by going 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI. He worked a free pass in the second but it drew no results due to another double play. The second baseman came to the plate with runners at the corners in the fifth, grounding into a force at second that plated Parker. Wilson lined a single into right in the fifth which came to naught. He singled up the middle in the seventh, advancing a runner into scoring position for a subsequent score, but was nailed trying to take third on the play for the final out of the frame.
Sam Gaviglio scattered five hits and a walk over five, picking up his third win in as many decisions. The only damage against the righty was a home run by Glendale's initial batter in the first that temporarily knotted the game at one all. Gaviglio recorded five ground outs to two fly outs and struck out four.
Anthony Ferrara followed Gaviglio to the mound but struggled with his control. The 24-year-old fanned the first batter swinging only to issue three consecutive free passes that got him the hook. His replacement induced one of four double plays on the night, two by each team, to end the threat.
Tuesday's game: vs. Glendale (13-13), 1:35 pm CT, Drew Hutchison (TOR) (1-1, 3.57)
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