16-6, 6.0 GU
Five Saguaros hurlers combined on a one-hit shutout of the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Saturday afternoon. The game was started by Rangers prospect Miguel de los Santos, who was both dominant and efficient.
De los Santos worked five innings of one-hit, shutout ball, throwing only 64 pitches––including 49 strikes––during the outing. He struck out eight without issuing a walk.
The 23-year-old lefty has excellent stuff––including a plus-plus change––but often shows below-average command. After Saturday's excellent outing, he has now yielded six runs on 10 hits in 17 innings (3.18 ERA) in the AFL, walking 10 and fanning 23.
Centerfielder Leonys Martin batted fifth for Surprise and went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored. It was an all-around solid game for the Cuba native in his fourth AFL appearance.
Although switch-hitting backstop Elio Sarmiento has scuffled thus far, he helped right the ship by going 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on Saturday. Sarmiento is now 5-for-25 in six games.
Tanner Scheppers issued a five-pitch walk to the only hitter he faced on Saturday, pitching in the bottom of the 12th inning. The fireballing righty has now issued nine walks in 4.2 innings over six winterball appearances.
La Guaira lefty specialist Joe Ortiz has been excellent thus far for his Venezuelan club, but he surrendered a hit to the only batter he faced on Saturday. The runner later came around to score, and Ortiz was saddled with the loss.
No Rangers appeared on Saturday. Robinzon Diaz, who is set to become a minor league free agent, had one single in four at-bats as the Cibao designated hitter. The 28-year-old batted .318/.352/.444 in 55 games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock this season.
Obregon closer Cody Eppley (5.00 ERA/.286 BAA in nine innings) surrendered a run on two hits during a 25-pitch ninth inning. He fanned two without issuing a walk.
There were no games on Saturday.
Begins November 4.
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