It was another pitcher’s duel in the desert with Scottsdale edging Salt River, 3-2 to win for the eighth time in its last 10 games.
Orlando Ribalta was the sole National to appear in the game, working around a pair of walks in the 7th inning with no hits and no whiffs.
The 25-y.o. Floridian was the pitcher of record when a pair of Phillies minor-leaguers delivered the game-winning run, with 22-y.o. Gabe Ricones, Jr. walking, stealing second and third, and scoring on 26-y.o. Matt Kroon’s one-out single. It was Ribalta’s third win of the fall.
The first-place Scorpions (11-6-1) face every team this week, with an off day on Thursday, home games tomorrow night and Friday night, and road games on Tuesday night, Wednesday afternoon, and Saturday afternoon.