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Arizona Fall League update: Tim Wheeler ignites offense, Tyler Matzek serves up home run in Rafters loss

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It was a good day for Tim Wheeler as the designated hitter reached base three times and drove in a run. Tyler Matzek struggled in relief and catcher Dustin Garneau was caught stealing.

Tim Wheeler
Tim Wheeler
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Tim Wheeler had a productive day at the plate, producing two of the Rafters three runs. The designated hitter for this game, Wheeler went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and one RBI. After playing in seven Fall league games, the Rockies former first round pick is batting .308, good enough for third on the team.

While the left-hander was on base three times, Kyle Parker was unable to drive him in. Batting behind Wheeler, Parker went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Kyle received his second error of the season playing first base on Monday. No damage was done though, as the runner was later doubled off on a line drive which was caught by the second baseman and relayed to Parker at first base.

Catcher Dustin Garneau produced a hit in three tries with a soft fly ball to center field in the fifth. Garneau was then erased trying to steal second base for the third out of the inning. The catcher was 4-of-6 in stolen bases for Double-A Tulsa this year.

The game was tied 3-3 when Tyler Matzek entered in the seventh. After earning an early groundout, the lefty then walked Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges and served up a two-run homer to Houston Astros prospect Japhet Amador. The right-handed Amador was signed out of the Mexican League this season after hitting 36 home runs and is listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds. Meanwhile, Matzek earned the loss and has a 9.00 ERA through four games, with four walks and five strikeouts in four innings pitched.

The Rafters are scheduled to take on Peoria at 6:35 p.m. MT in Salt River. Starting pitcher for the Rafters is scheduled to be Grayson Garvin (1-1, 3.00), a former first round pick for the Rays who has battled through elbow injuries.