Max Ramirez saw his average dip below .300, as he was 0-for-3 with a base on balls in La Guaira's 4-1 defeat. Left-hander Joe Ortiz appeared in the sixth and seventh innings, retiring all four batters he faced and recording a pair of strikeouts.
The 20-year-old Ortiz, who uses an 88-91 mph fastball and a plus slider, has yielded one run in 5.2 innings over 15 appearances as the Tiburones' lefty specialist this winterball season.
Magallanes shortstop Andres Blanco was 0-for-2 with two free passes. He was caught stealing twice and committed his fourth error.
Caracas shortstop and leadoff hitter Edwin Garcia (.207/.303/.276) went 1-for-4 with his second double in 10 contests.
David Paisano, who played center and batted at the top of the La Guaira order, flashed some pop by going 2-for-5 with a double and a run batted in. He also stole a base.
Julio Borbon (.400/.464/.560 in six games) had a pair of singles in six at-bats. Borbon's Aguilas Cibaenas stranded 17 runners on base and went just 4-for-18 with men in scoring position during Saturday's losing effort.
Second baseman Esteban German (.321/.377/.429) had a single and a walk in five plate appearances. The speedy 32-year-old also stole a pair of bases, giving him 12 swipes in 14 attempts through only 15 games.
One day after Miguel de los Santos started for the Toros, righty Omar Beltre got the ball. Beltre suffered the loss as he yielded four runs on six hits over 3.2 innings. The big hurler walked two and struck out two.
Licey center fielder Engel Beltre (.380/.396/.400) was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. While Beltre is batting .380 in 20 contests, he has zero walks and one extra-base hit in his first 55 plate appearances in the Dominican.
Chris Davis (.351/.400/.730 in 10 games) had a single, two walks, and two strikeouts in five trips. The lefty slugger has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 10-for-19 with a double and three round-trippers over that span.
Caguas starter Mike Ballard (1.88 ERA/.235 BAA) worked a season-high 6.2 innings on Saturday but didn't factor in the decision. The 26-year-old lefty limited Carolina to one run while scattering five hits, walking zero, and striking out four.
In 28.2 innings this season, Ballard has flashed pinpoint control by walking just three and fanning 22.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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