AFL Update, 11/6 – Sam shuts out Solar Sox
By Andrew Buchbinder, Broadcaster / PR Manager
Cardinals farmhand RHP Sam Gaviglio has found his fall stride, to say the least. The right-handed starter, who split the 2013 season between the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (Rookie) and the Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A), is the lone Cardinals minor leaguer in the starting rotation for Mike Shildt’s Salt River Rafters, and has been unstoppable of late.
Gaviglio, 23, extended a scoreless innings streak to 10 straight frames by blanking the Mesa Solar Sox through five excellent innings yesterday, which came on the heels of a five-inning, six-strikeout shutout performance against the Surprise Saguaros on Oct. 30. Around singles in the first and fifth, as well as a walk in the third, Gaviglio dominated the Sox a day ago, adding a couple of strikeouts and reportedly keeping the Mesa bats off balance with a steady barrage of offspeed pitches.
In support of the righty, fellow St. Louis prospects, 2B Jacob Wilson and RF Stephen Piscotty, helped key a seven-run third inning, which provided Gaviglio and the relief corps more than enough support in the 8-0 win. Wilson, who doubled in a run in the big third stanza, finished with a 2-for-4 line that included a pair of doubles, two RBIs and a run, while Piscotty also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Cardinals farmhands yesterday -
RHP Sam Gaviglio – 5.0 IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
2B Jacob Wilson – 2×4, 2 2B, 2RBI, 1R
RF Stephen Piscotty – 2×4, 1RBI, 1R
CF James Ramsey – 0×5, 1R
LHP Lee Stoppelman – DNP
LHP Anthony Ferrara – 1.0 IP, 2K
LHP Dean Kiekhefer – DNP
Tonight, 8:08pm (Central) – Salt River Rafters (12-11) @ Scottsdale Scorpions (9-14)
Probables – SRR RHP Drew Hutchison (Toronto) @ SCO RHP Phil Irwin (Pittsburgh)