Cards Arizona Fall League Notebook: 11/09/14

Sam Tuivailala notched his fifth save and Jacob Wilson continued to swing a hot bat in Saturday's win for contending Peoria.

Results from the game played Saturday, November 8th.

Peoria 7 at Salt River 4

Seven tallies over the final three innings gave Peoria a 7-4 victory over Salt River. The Javelinas (13-13-2) are 8-2 over their last 10 games, including three straight, and are a half game behind Surprise in the West Division with four games remaining.

Down 4-0 through six after starter Miguel Almonte (KC) and Tampa Bay’s Zach Cooper gave up two runs each during their stints, Peoria had been held to just two hits. The visitors capitalized on several factors to push across three in the seventh, beginning with a free pass issued to Jacob Wilson. After Edward Salcedo reached on catcher’s interference, clean-up hitter Cody Stanley worked a base-on-balls to load the bases. A hit batsman brought Wilson across, leading to a new hurler. Salcedo and Stanley scored after catcher Justin O’Conner (TB) lined a single up the middle.

Three consecutive one-out hits re-ignited the scoring the next inning, a frame in which Peoria plated four. Breyvic Valera and Wilson both singled, Valera’s only hit in five at bats, before Salcedo doubled Valera in. An intentional free pass to designated hitter Stanley jammed the sacks full, setting the table for back-to-back RBI singles that scored Wilson and Salcedo. Stanley came home on a 5-4 ground out for the inning’s final tally.

Wilson’s 2-for-4 performance included a walk and two runs scored, as he batted second and played first. His recent offensive upsurge, in which he has hit .353 in his last 10 games, has brought his overall average to .320, good for sixth in the league. Stanley contributed despite going hitless in two at bats, touching home both times he reached on walks.

Southpaw Nick Maronde (CLE) picked up the win, evening his record at 1-1. Maronde was the middle of a trio of relievers that each tossed a scoreless frame. Miami’s Reid Redman (BS, 1) (L, 2-1) yielded four runs on four hits and an intentional walk in 1 1/3.

Sam Tuivailala continued his impressive fall campaign with another save, a league-leading fifth. The right-hander retired the bottom of the order but needed a double-play ball to accomplish it. Tuivailala induced a grounder to first and a 4-6-3 double-play that negated a free pass issued.

Next game: The Arizona Fall League is idle on Sundays. Tyrell Jenkins (1-2, 1.77 ERA) is Monday’s scheduled starter in a showdown against first-place Surprise.

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