10/31/12 6:54 PM ET
Tepera, Rafters settle for tie with Solar Sox
Blue Jays prospect pitches five scoreless innings in suspended AFL game
By Andrew Pentis / Special to MLB.com
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.