Arizona Fall League
Salt River Rafters 1, Surprise Saguaros 3
728 came out to the Salt River home opener against the Saguaros, only to have the festivities ruined by a road victory by Surprise at Salt River Fields.
Scott Squier started on the hill for Salt River, and collected seven outs without allowing a hit. He did walk a batter and hit another, but also struck out two. He got 24-of-39 pitches over the plate to finish with a 54 GameScore. Miguel Del Pozo relieved him and went 1 2⁄3 perfect frames, whiffing one and leaving the game in a scoreless tie after four innings.
Ben Meyer (0-1, 18.00) opened the fifth and only lasted the inning, taking the loss by surrendering two earned runs on three hits. He struck one batter out.
On the other side of the ball, Peter Mooney started at shortstop and batted eighth, and Rodrigo Vigil caught and batted ninth.
Mooney hit a two out single with a man on first in the second inning in his first plate appearance, but both were erased without impact when Vigil followed with a 1-3 groundout to end the frame.
Mooney drew a walk off reliever Jared Ruxer to open the fifth inning, and took second on a Brett Sullivan passed ball with Vigil at the plate. Vigil slapped a sharp liner to left field on the next pitch, scoring Mooney and landing at second with a double. Mooney singled again to open the seventh inning, but was taken out of the equation when pinch-hitter Dom Nunez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Braxton Lee came on to pinch hit with one gone in the eighth, and collected a single to center field.
After the day’s action was all counted up, all six teams sit tied in first with identical 1-1 records. The Rafters will host the Scottsdale Scorpions tomorrow at 6:35PM.
Marlins’ rookie J.T. Riddle turns 26 tomorrow. Wish him a happy birthday @_Riddler_10.