Eaton strikes again as Rafters top Dogs
D-backs prospect has scored run in every Fall League game
In the words of Adam Eaton himself, "Success and comfort do not coexist."
That said, it's difficult to imagine Eaton being anything but comfortable at the plate lately. The fact that he's scored in all Arizona Fall League games he's played in backs that up.
Eaton scored in his 14th straight game and Rockies prospect Nolan Arenado homered for the third time in six starts as Salt River held off Phoenix, 4-3, on Tuesday.
Eaton, a D-backs prospect, scored his league-leading 19th run in the first inning the day after his Tweet. Fellow Arizona prospect Ryan Wheeler lifted a sacrifice fly to center field after Eaton's leadoff single set the table for another rally and first-place Salt River's 13th win.
Batting .333, Eaton has one homer, nine RBIs and five steals thus far with the Rafters after hitting .318 with 10 long balls, 67 RBIs and 34 thefts at two levels in the Minors this past season.
Arenado hit a game-tying homer in the top of the third off Yankees right-hander David Phelps, knotting the game at 2-2 after the Desert Dogs rallied for a pair in the second.
Salt River took the lead in the seventh when Dodgers farmhand Brian Cavazos-Galvez's single to center was mishandled by Oakland's Michael Choice, allowing Jason Castro (Astros) to score the go-ahead run. Jake Lemmerman (Dodgers) followed with an RBI single off Andrew Carignan (A's) for a 4-2 lead.
Phoenix added one more in the bottom of the frame when Rob Segedin (Yankees) walked and Kevin Ahrens (Blue Jays) doubled him home with one out. Rafters relievers Kevin Munson (Astros) and Josh Wall (Dodgers) combined to retire the final seven batters in order to finish off the win.
Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel started for Salt River and held the Dogs to a pair of runs on two hits over five innings, his longest outing of the season. He struck out one and did not walk a batter. Fellow Houston prospect Josh Zeid (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth, working around two walks, to pick up the win.
Phelps was charged with two runs on five hits over four innings. Carignan took the loss, pitching one frame.
Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.