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Tuesday's contest in Surprise was all about the Rangers prospects. The three position players combined to drive in six of the Saguaros' eight runs, and a Rangers reliever picked up the club's victory.
Third baseman Mike Olt (.291/.359/.673) went 2-for-4 with two home runs, a hit-by pitch, and three RBI. The 23-year-old prospect now has three multi-homer efforts in his first 13 Fall League contests.
Olt also struck out twice, giving him 20 whiffs in those 13 games. But he is also tied for the circuit lead with six round-trippers and ranks second with 20 runs batted in.
Switch-hitting shortstop Leury Garcia led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a game-tying solo home run, capping off a 4-for-5 effort that included three stolen bases.
Garcia, 20, is flashing some offensive skill with Surprise, hitting safely in each of his first nine games. The Dominican Republic native is 16-for-40 (.400) with five doubles and a homer. He has also stolen six bases without getting caught.
While Olt and Garcia did plenty of damage, it was left fielder Ryan Strausborger who ended the game. The 23-year-old prospect launched a two-run walkoff homer to win it in the bottom of the 10th. For the game, Strausborger was 1-for-4 with that bomb and a sacrifice bunt.
The AFL is a very hitter-friendly circuit, and it is playing as such once again this season. Olt, Garcia, and Strausborger are all turning in impressive offensive displays thus far.
Reliever Justin Miller earned the victory with a scoreless top of the 10th inning, as he threw 14 of his 20 pitches for strikes. The righty gave up a hit and got one strikeout. Miller's velocity has been down slightly in his first two outings––his fastball was clocked between 91-94 mph on Tuesday with an 81-84 mph slider.
Canada locked up its first-ever gold medal in international competition with a 2-1 victory over the United States on Tuesday evening. The Americans came away with the silver. First baseman Chad Tracy went 1-for-3 in the contest while third baseman Tom Mendonca was hitless in three at-bats.
The U.S. went 3-2 in the tournament, dropping games to Mexico and Canada.
Magallanes reliever Tanner Scheppers gave up an unearned run while facing two batters in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game. He plunked the first and walked the second before being pulled.
Scheppers has now issued eight walks in 4.2 innings over his first five winterball appearances.
No Rangers appeared on Tuesday. There likely won't be many Rangers in the league, as the club is currently having instructional league at its Dominican Republic complex.
After playing well in each of his first two games, Escogido left fielder Julio Borbon was held hitless––going 0-for-4 with a strikeout––in Tuesday's loss to the Toros.
Cody Eppley's Obregon club came storming back with eight runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn a 9-4 victory at Mazatlan. Eppley worked the bottom of the ninth and retired all three batters he faced, getting two groundouts and a strikeout.
Guasave catcher Jose Felix entered late in the game as a defensive replacement but didn't get a plate appearance. As a hitter, he is just 5-for-32 (.156) with two doubles and a home run through nine games.
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