Very few Rockies had the opportunity to play in Tuesday's Arizona Fall League game between the Salt River Rafters and Surprise Saguaros, but that changed in the sixth inning when Kraig Sitton pitched in relief of Diamondbacks prospect Bo Schultz. The left-handed Sitton made 52 appearances in High-A Modesto this season, it was a repeat year for Sitton in Modesto as he put up a 2.93 ERA with a 1.300 WHIP with two saves in 2013.
The game was a close affair tied 2-2 when Sitton toed the rubber in the sixth, but quickly unwound from there. Sitton was a bulldog working inside the strikezone for 20 of his 27 pitches, but couldn't fool many batters as seven reached base and six scored during the inning.
Sitton gave up six hits, but the most damage came with the bases loaded when Baltimore prospect Dariel Alvarez tripled into right field plating three runs. When the left hander was finally lifted the dust settled on a six-run inning from six hits, one walk and a wild pitch to raise his ERA to 23.14 in the AFL.
Catcher Dustin Garneau was the lone Rockies fielder to appear in the lineup as he started behind the dish. The right hander batted ninth and converted his first base hit of the AFL season, a double to left field in the ninth inning.
Dustin also walked twice and made several fine defensive plays, including throwing out a runner trying to steal second and gunning down two batters attempting to bunt. Garneau continues to shine against the running game in his three AFL starts.
The Rafters take the field on Wednesday at 6:35 Arizona time on the road against the the Glendale Desert Dogs. Salt River is 2-4 after six games, while Glendale is 3-2-1.