17-12-3, 2.5 GB
The Surprise Rafters concluded the Arizona Fall League season on Thursday afternoon.
Magallanes shortstop-second baseman Andres Blanco (.258/.303/.355) pitched into the victory by going 2-for-5 with a double and a run batted in. The offense went 4-for-22 with men in scoring position and left 14 runners on base, but even that was plenty of production as starter Anthony Lerew tossed a no-hitter.
As usual, Liga Paralela was off on Sunday.
Julio Borbon appeared in his first game of the winter for Aguilas Cibaenas. The speedster played left field, batted sixth, and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Borbon hit three round-trippers with the Rangers in 438 official at-bats this season, with the last coming on July 4.
Borbon's club was going against Engel Beltre's Tigres del Licey. The 21-year-old Beltre, who played in center and batted second, had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in five plate appearances.
Second baseman Esteban German (.333/.389/.455) was 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases. The 32-year-old now has seven swipes in his first nine contests.
Right-hander Omar Beltre got the start for the Toros de Este and pitched two innings. Beltre surrendered a run on four hits while walking one and striking out one.
After Beltre worked one inning in his debut start, the Toros appear to be slowly stretching the hurler's workload.
Estrellas and Escogido played a doubleheader on Sunday. First baseman Chris Davis was 1-for-3 with a double in the first game but went 0-for-3 with a pair of punchouts in the nightcap.
Through his first five games in the Dominican Republic, Davis is 3-for-18 (.167) with one double, one home run, no walks, and eight strikeouts.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden, who didn't play in game one, was 1-for-4 with a double and a base on balls in the second contest.
Just as it appeared that Kasey Kiker was beginning to turn a corner in the strike-throwing department, he had an extremely disappointing outing on Sunday. The southpaw issued six walks over 2.1 innings. He gave up three unearned runs on two hits and struck out one.
Kiker's three runs were unearned due to a throwing error––his second of the season––in the bottom of the first inning.
Reliever Adalberto Flores, who recently finished playing in the Arizona Fall League, made his 2010 winterball debut for Ponce and allowed one run in one inning pitched. He gave up a hit and walked a batter.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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