17-12-2, 2.0 GB
Though already eliminated from championship game contention, Surprise has put together a nice run by winning four consecutive games, including Wednesday's 10-run triumph over the Peoria Saguaros.
After a fast start in his first couple games, left fielder Jared Bolden has cooled off in a hurry. Bolden's Fall League average now sits at .167 (3-for-18) after he went 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts against Peoria.
On the other hand, right fielder Joey Butler (.228/.286/.404) is finishing somewhat strong. The 24-year-old had a single, a double, and a walk in five plate appearances.
Right-hander Adalberto Flores tossed a scoreless sixth inning, giving up one single. The 6-foot-7 reliever threw 11 of 18 pitches for strikes, flashing an 89-92 mph fastball and a curveball and a changeup in the upper-70s.
Despite the strong outing, Flores has struggled on the whole this fall, yielding 15 hits and 12 free passes in 10.1 innings with the Rafters.
Caracas starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso (3.31 ERA/.254 BAA) didn't factor in the decision after he permitted two runs on five hits over 4.1 innings, walking two and striking out four.
The 27-year-old often ran into trouble with high pitch counts this season, presumably due to his lack of a true put-away pitch. Moscoso threw 72 pitches (44 strikes) in the 4.1 innings on Wednesday.
Moscoso is coming off an inconsistent 2010 regular season in which he made just one big league appearance and posted a 5.18 ERA in 123.1 innings with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
La Guaira leadoff hitter David Paisano (.237/.310/.316) was 0-for-4 with a walk in his ninth Liga Paralela game.
Caracas shortstop Edwin Garcia batted second and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and his third error in seven games.
The Toros del Este used a three-run top of the eighth to earn a one-run victory over Licey on Wednesday evening. The Toros were fueled in part by Esteban German, who clocked a pinch-hit double and came around to score a crucial run.
On the other side, Tigres del Licey centerfielder Engel Beltre batted ninth and singled three times in four at-bats, raising his average to .444. The 21-year-old is 12-for-27 (all singles) in his first 11 contests in the Dominican Winter League.
Beltre flashed his speed by picking up yet another infield single. Five of his first 12 knocks have been infield or bunt singles.
Cibao reliever Pedro Strop suffered a blown save when he served up Jeff Frazier's league-leading seventh home run. Strop then got a swinging strikeout before allowing two singles and being lifted from the game. The next pitcher got out of the jam, and Strop ended by yielding a run on three hits in one-third of an inning.
No Rangers appeared on Wednesday.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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