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Playing a televised game on MLB Network, the Saguaros dropped a 4-3 decision to the Scorpions in Surprise.
Rangers prospects shortstop Luis Sardinas and first baseman Chris McGuiness both played a key role in their club's offensive attack.
Sardinas went 2-for-4 with his third double in 10 games. The 19-year-old switch-hitting prospect is now 14-for-42 (.333) with three doubles and a home run in the Fall League. He's drawn two walks, struck out eight times, and stolen one base in three tries.
McGuiness (.316/.407/.539) had a double and a sacrifice fly in four trips, driving home two of Surprise's three runs.
Submarining reliever Ben Rowen (3.75 ERA/.178 BAA) surrendered an unearned run in 1.1 hitless innings. He walked one and fanned two. Right-hander Ryan Rodebaugh (2.84 ERA/.222 BAA) worked around two singles in a blank top of the ninth, fanning one.
Since scuffling early in the AFL campaign, Rodebaugh has pitched well in his last six outings––8.0 ip, 5 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 7 k. On Saturday, he flashed an 88-92 mph fastball (topping out at 93) to go along with a low-70s curve and an 81-84 mph slider.
Saturday's game between Licey and Cibao featured six Rangers players.
Licey leadoff hitter and centerfielder Leonys Martin continued to play well, going 2-for-5 with his sixth stolen base.
Right fielder Engel Beltre (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled and walked, first baseman Mike Olt (1/3, BB) singled and walked, and second baseman Jurickson Profar (0/3, BB) went hitless but also walked once.
For the Gigantes, Leury Garcia got the start at second base and went 1-for-3 with an intentional free pass. Catcher Konrad Schmidt played the game's first seven innings and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout at the plate. Martin's stolen base came with Schmidt behind the plate.
Cardenales de Lara utilityman Guilder Rodriguez entered as a late-inning defensive substitution in center field and singled in his only plate appearance.
The 29-year-old Rodriguez has played each of the last four regular seasons between the Rangers' Double- and Triple-A affiliates. He recently re-signed a minor league deal with Texas for the 2013 campaign.
There were no Liga Paralela games on Saturday.
With one single in four at-bats on Saturday, Guasave catcher Jose Felix has now hit safely in each of his last six starts behind the plate. Felix is 12-for-31 (.387) with three doubles in 11 contests.
Mazatlan cleanup hitter and right fielder Joey Butler was hitless in four trips, striking out twice and grounding into one double play. He's now batting .239/.363/.343 in 19 games.
No Rangers appeared in the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente on Saturday.
Brisbane leadoff man Hirotoshi Onaka capped off a strong opening weekend by reaching base three times in five plate appearances. The switch-hitting Japan native had two singles and reached on an intentional walk. He also committed an error in center field.
In Brisbane's three-game season-opening series, the 24-year-old Onaka was 4-for-12 (.333) with a double, a walk, and four strikeouts.
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