One step up, one step back as the Rafters were shut out on three hits for a 2-0 loss to Peoria on Wednesday afternoon.
Just two Nationals saw game action — Drew Ward and Wirkin Estevez.
Ward (pictured to the right) went 0-for-3 in his first appearance since last Thursday. Ward participated in four double plays, two on offense and two on defense, where he racked four assists total.
Estevez gave up a run on a home run and also walked a batter in one inning. He threw 16 pitches, 10 for strikes but struck out none for the second time in as many outings.
The two teams swap venues with Salt River playing host tonight.