Goodwin, Martinson, Barrett shine in Salt River’s 11-5 victory

Brian Goodwin scored two runs and Jason Martinson added two RBIs as Salt River dropped Phoenix, 11-5.

Goodwin, leading off and playing center field, went 1-for-4, but had two walks, the two tuns and a double. He had a stolen base but was also picked off first base in the first inning after reaching on a fielding error. Goodwin’s batting average is .239.

Martinson, playing for only the second time in a week, went 1-for-3 with a two-run double to give the Rafters a 3-0 lead. He scored a run, stole third base, had two walks and two strikeouts, and his average now is .152.

Right-hander Aaron Barrett came on in relief in the eighth inning, did not allow a hit or run and struck out one. His ERA now 2.70.

Matt Skole and Anthony Rendon did not play Saturday.

Instant Analysis: The speed of the Nationals’ infield with Goodwin and Martinson getting stolen bases, even with an early caught stealing for Goodwin, shows how much the organization is emphasizing being aggressive on the basepaths and getting their guy to go for steals when possible. The guys have been testing different leads and techniques for stealing bases in Arizona against some of the best pitching prospects in the minors.

Salt River (14-12) is at Mesa Monday afternoon. The Rafters lead over Scottsdale for first place in the East by 1 1/2 games.

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