Results from Arizona Fall League game played Saturday, October 31st.
Surprise was unable to hold an early lead, falling to Salt River 6-5 in regulation. It was the fourth straight loss for the Saguaros (9-7), who finish the week tied with Glendale for first, two games ahead of Peoria.
Charlie Tilson got the scoring started, singling up the middle to lead off the first. The centerfielder advanced to third when a fielding miscue by the Rafters’ shortstop allowed the next batter to reach. Tilson scored via a sac fly, the first of two tallies that frame. Although the single was the Illinois native’s only hit in three at bats, he stole a base and worked two free passes, giving him a .400 on-base percentage overall.
That lead held until the fourth when Adrian Houser (MIL) was touched for four runs in his final inning of work. Houser (L, 1-1) gave up five hits and two base-on-balls during that span.
Luke Weaver, who followed Houser to the mound, has his shortest and least effective outing of the fall campaign. The right-hander faced the minimum in the fifth, Salt River’s nine, one and two batters, but surrendered a lead-off bomb plus a walk, and two singles accounting for another score. Weaver fanned two with three ground- and one fly- ball out, throwing 33 pitches, 21 for strikes.
Dean Kiekhefer bounced back from a subpar stint on the 28th, tossing two scoreless frames. The southpaw retired all six batters faced, inducing two groundouts, one fly out and two strikeouts.
Aledmys Diaz garnered his first hit in a week, opening the seventh with his first AFL triple and scoring his team’s fourth run. The shortstop went 1-for-4 out of the nine hole.
Sunday’s game: The Arizona Fall League is idle on Sundays.
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