Daniel Johnson (pictured) got the Vlad Guerrero Sr. treatment in the 10th as he held the free runner at third base in the top of the 10th to hold the score at 3-3 and set up the Rafters’ 4-3 win over the Sagauros in the bottom of the 10th.
Not coincidentally, Johnson threw a runner at home plate the inning before, preventing Surprise from taking a 4-3 lead in regulation. At the plate, the Nats’ #7 prospect (pre MLB.com), doubled, singled, walked, scored a run, and stole a base (his fourth of the fall). He’s now batting .180/.281/.220 in 14 games.
Carter Kieboom made another start at 2B but merely went 1-for-4 with a run scored and handled both chances (one putout, one assist). He’s cooled down to a .304/.443/.411 line in 15 games.
Tres Barrera was 1-for-3 at the plate and 1-for-3 throwing out basestealers. He also committed his third error. After 10 games (he’s splitting time with two other catchers), he’s 9-for-33 for a .273/.316/.303 line.
Salt River kept pace with Scottsdale to maintain its 3½ game lead and reduce its magic number to five games. The Scorpions come to Talking Stick tonight for the first of three night games this week.