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AFL Week 4: Sam Hilliard puts up big numbers, Justin Lawrence struggles in Fall Star Game appearance

Prospect news and game results from the Salt River Rafters from October 29-November 2, 2018

Rockies outfield prospect Sam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP) has seemingly found his swing over his last few starts. This week he played in three games and hit his first home run of the fall season heading into the Fall Star break — a two-run shot to right field in the third inning to score himself and Twins second base prospect Travis Blankenhorn. Hilliard has been heating up recently, not recording a hitless game since back-to-back hitless appearances on October 18th and 20th. Friday was also the first game since October 24th in which he only recorded a single hit.

In other news, pitching prospect Justin Lawrence was named as the sole representative from the Rockies in the 13th Annual Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. In a back and forth game, Lawrence was given the opportunity to close the game. He entered with a 6-5 lead for the East Stars and ended up being credited with the loss after an error, an RBI triple, and a walk off single scored two runs for the West. His overall line for the game was 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER).

Week of October 22-27

Ryan Castellani (no. 7 PuRP): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 HR

Tyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP): 3-for-9, 2 R, 2B, 5 RBI, 4 BB, SB

Sam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP): 5-for-11, 5 R, HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, K

Jesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Josh Fuentes: 4-for-13, 5 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 4 K

Mitch Horacek: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, K

Justin Lawrence: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, BB, 3 K, HR

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AFL Season Total

Ryan Castellani (no. 7 PuRP): 5 GS, 18.1 IP, 16 H, 10 ER, 9 BB, 20 K (4.91 ERA)

Tyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP): 11 G, 17-for-39, 8 R, 2 2B, 3 3B, 17 RBI, 11 BB, 2 K, SB (.436/.538/.641)

Sam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP): 11 G, 17-for-47, 10 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR, 11 RBI, 11 K, SB (.362/.400/.553)

Jesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP): 12.0 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, HR, 4 BB, 12 K (2.25 ERA)

Josh Fuentes: 15 G, 17-for-58, 12 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 16 K, SB (.293/.349/.483)

Mitch Horacek: 8.2 IP, 15 H, 10 ER, HR, 5 BB, 7 K (10.38 ERA)

Justin Lawrence: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 8 K (3.52 ERA)

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November 5-10 Schedule

Monday, November 5: Salt River Rafters vs. Surprise Saguaros, 12:35 pm MT

Tuesday, November 6: Salt River Rafters @ Scottsdale Scorpions, 6:35 pm MT

Wednesday, November 7: Salt River Rafters vs. Peoria Javelinas, 6:35 pm MT

Thursday, November 8: OPEN DATE

Friday, November 9: Salt River Rafters @ Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35 pm MT

Saturday, November 10: Salt River Rafters vs. Mesa Solar Sox, 6:35 pm MT