D-backs' Bats Big in Inaugural Rafters Game

The Salt River Rafters won their inaugural game in Arizona Fall League action Tuesday, defeating the Peoria Javelinas 12-9. Arizona Diamondbacks prospects Adam Eaton, Ryan Wheeler, and David Nick each played a large role in the Rafters' offensive display.

Adam Eaton singled in the first ever at-bat by a Salt River Rafter.  Although that leadoff knock did not result in a run, the promising outfielder would double in two runs the following inning and draw two walks late in the game that would both lead to runs scored, the latter one facilitated in part by Eaton stealing second base.

Ryan Wheeler, batting sixth and serving as the Rafters' designated hitter, outdid Eaton by collecting three hits and doubling twice.  Wheeler's efforts only resulted in one run and on RBI, however, whereas Eaton collected two of each.

Batting ninth, second baseman David Nick nevertheless contributed to the Rafter attack.  He reached base three times, which allowed him to score two runs, and he started two double plays on defense.

All together, the three prospects combined to go 6-for-12 with four walks, three doubles, three RBI and five runs scored.

D-backs pitching prospect Charles Brewer started the game for the rafters, but did not fare as well as his organizational mates.  Brewer allowed five runs in 2.2 innings.  Only four were earned, but the unearned run was due to his throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  His fastball was consistently hitting 90-91 mph in his first two frames despite the fact that he hadn't pitched in a month, but was in the 88-89 range when he lost the lead in the third inning.

Right-handed relievers Eric Smith, Kevin Munson, and Bryan Woodall - the other D-backs represented in the Arizona Fall League - did not enter the game.


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