Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook: 10/10/17

photo: Oscar Mercado (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Results for the game played on Tuesday, October 10.

Salt River Rafters 4 at Surprise Saguaros 3

Arturo Reyes (USA TODAY Sports Images)

In the first game of the 2017 Arizona Fall League season, the Surprise Saguaros fell to the Salt River Rafters on Tuesday by a 4-3 final score.

Cardinals right-hander Sandy Alcantara started for the Saguaros and allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks in his two-inning outing. The hard-thrower did not register a strikeout.

In relief of Alcantara, who took the loss, Cardinals farmhand Arturo Reyes tossed two scoreless innings before fellow Cardinal Jordan Hicks surrendered an unearned run in the sixth, his second of two innings on the mound. Reyes and Hicks each yielded three hits and no walks. Hicks fanned one. Josh Lucas struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Oscar Mercado (Springfield Cardinals)

The unearned run came as the result of an error – committed by Cardinals center fielder Oscar Mercado. It’s worth mentioning that Mercado, despite the fielding error, had two timely outfield assists.

Mercado was the only Cardinals position player to appear in Tuesday’s game. The number three hitter went 2-for-5, including an RBI single.

Wednesday’s game: Surprise at Salt River, David Ledbetter (TEX) vs. Scott Squier (MIA), 6:35 p.m.

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