At Surprise, the AFL West downed their East counterparts 9-2 in front of a national television audience on Saturday evening.
The East had their opportunities with nine hits, three walks plus a hit batsman but went only 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Another key offensive difference was the West's five home runs that accounted for six of their squad's nine tallies.
The East team's starting line-up featured both James Ramsey in the lead-off slot and Stephen Piscotty in the six hole. Ramsey fanned swinging to begin the game but got aboard in the third via a bunt single towards third base that did not even draw a throw. The left fielder worked a two-out free pass that moved a runner into scoring position in the fifth but both were part of the nine base runners the East left on. Ramsey was replaced in a multi-player shuffle in the top of the sixth.
Piscotty went 1-for-2 as the designated hitter. He tripled on a blast to the left center wall with two outs in the second inning but could not get that final 90 feet on the base paths. Piscotty grounded out 5-3 with a runner on first to end the fourth. He was pinch hit for in the top of the sixth.
Sunday's game: League day off.
Monday's game: at Mesa, 7:35 pm CT, TBA
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