With a five-run 4th, the Rafters sent the Sagauros down the river for a 5-1 loss in the AFL Championship Game.
Alas, it was Sterling Sharp who wore the loss as Salt River got to him for all five runs on two walks, a Victor Robles, two singles, and a grand slam. He faced eight batters and retired just two of them, throwing 27 pitches (one wild) with 16 going for strikes.
Luis Garcia batted second and started at shortstop. He singled twice and drove in the lone Surprise run. Defensively, he had two assists.
Nick Banks was the No. 6 man in the Sagauros lineup and went 1-for-3. In the field, right field, Banks handled a single and a double and had two putouts and an assist, the latter a 9-3 double play to end the top of the 9th.
Though there’s still baseball being played by the Nationals, the 2019 minor-league season is over – the tenth for this layer of the Natmosphere. We cannot thank Lee enough for gracing us with his photographs from Arizona for this year and the past eight total.