The Rafters capitalized on early control problems by the Scorpions to sail over their visitors 4-2 on Thursday. Salt River (13-12) moves to within one-half game of first-place Mesa with the win.
The first three Rafters reached base via base-on-balls and all three crossed due to a two-run single and sac fly that put them up 3-0. Single scores in the fourth and fifth off starter Bo Schultz brought Scottsdale to within one but Salt River responded with another tally in the bottom of the fifth for the final edge.
Jacob Wilson, the Rafters' designated hitter, went hitless for the first time in eight games, stranding five in the process. The number seven batter lined out to center with a runner on third to end the first, flew out to left with runners at first and second for the third inning's second out, lined out to third with two in scoring position in the fifth and grounded out 5-3 to begin the eighth. The only other St. Louis prospect to take part was James Ramsey, who took over in right to start the eighth but did not bat.
Schultz (W, 3-0) danced in and out of trouble during his five-inning stint, yielding two doubles and seven singles that produced only two runs. The Diamondbacks' prospect received a valuable assist in the fifth from left fielder Tim Wheeler (COL) whose throw nailed what would have been the tying run at home. Schultz notched two of the staff's 10 strikeouts on the game and joined his teammates by not issuing a free pass.
Friday's game: at third-place Peoria (West Division), 1:35 pm CT, TBA
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