Tepera, Rafters settle for tie with Solar Sox
Blue Jays prospect pitches five scoreless innings in suspended AFL game
Ryan Tepera didn't earn another Arizona Fall League win on Wednesday afternoon, but that wasn't his fault.
Tepera, a Blue Jays prospect, struck out five batters over five shutout innings in the Salt River Rafters' 2-2, nine-inning tie with the Mesa Solar Sox. The game was halted after nine complete frames due to a lack of available pitchers. It will not be resumed.
The Rafters (11-7-1) had won five straight and were seeking to secure the Fall League's best record, while the Solar Sox (5-13-1) avoided dropping another game.
Tepera, a four-year vet in Toronto's system and a onetime 19th-round draftee, scattered five hits and walked one batter. He did not come out for the sixth inning, having thrown 50 of his 74 pitches for strikes.
Tepera remains 1-1 through four AFL outings but lowered his ERA to 2.93. He has yielded just one run over his last three starts, spanning 13 frames. The 24-year-old right-hander -- he turns 25 on Saturday -- did not enjoy the same degree of success in the Minor Leagues this season. In fact, he compiled a 5.46 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) spread between Class A Advanced Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire.
Thanks to Corey Dickerson's RBI single in the fifth, Tepera left with a 1-0 lead. The Rafters added a second run in the eighth when Tyler Bortnick tripled and scored on a throwing error committed by second baseman Rafael Ynoa.
The two runs weren't enough. Third-ranked Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop doubled home fellow farmhand L.J. Hoes in the bottom of the eighth. Then, in the ninth, Ynoa avenged his earlier miscue with a game-tying RBI single.