10/16/11 1:35 AM ET
Eaton, Rafters register walk-off win
D-backs prospect homers, doubles, drives in three runs
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com
The D-backs outfield prospect homered, doubled and drove in three runs Saturday night as the Salt River Rafters walked off with an 8-7 victory over the reeling Phoenix Desert Dogs.
After watching the Desert Dogs jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Eaton tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame. The 22-year-old drove in another run with a groundout in the third, then went yard in the fifth.
Selected by Arizona in the 19th round of the 2010 Draft, Eaton has reached safely and scored a run in all eight Arizona Fall Games he's played. He's batting .382 with eight RBIs.
Eaton was named a California League All-Star after batting .332 with 54 runs scored and 24 stolen bases in 65 games for Class A Advanced Visalia. After a promotion to Double-A Mobile, he hit .302 with 10 steals abd helped the BayBears win the Southern League championship.
Former first-round pick Tim Wheeler (Rockies) was 2-for-5 with a run scored and Dodgers prospect Kyle Russell hit a solo homer for the Rafters (9-2). With the score tied, 7-7, Kody Hinze (Astros) drew a one-out walk in the ninth, pinch-runner Brian Cavazos-Galvez raced to third on a throwing error by shortstop Dusty Coleman (A's) and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
D-backs right-hander Kevin Munson (1-0) tossed a perfect ninth to earn the win after Tyler Stohr (Tigers) struck out the side in the eighth.
Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose tripled, homered and scored twice for the Desert Dogs (3-8), who have lost eight straight. Brodie Greene (Reds) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and A's top prospect Grant Green drove in a pair of runs.
Reds prospect Nick Christiani (0-1) retired one batter in the ninth and was charged with an unearned run on one walk.
Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.