19-6, 7.0 GB
With Wednesday's triumph in Scottsdale, the Saguaros improved to a league-best 19-6 and remained seven games on top of second-place Peoria in the West Valley Division.
The Surprise lineup consisted of five Rangers prospects, who combined to reach base 10 times in the contest.
Leading the charge was nine-hole hitting right fielder Ryan Strausborger. The 23-year-old raised his AFL average to .314 by going a perfect 4-for-4 with his fourth double in 14 contests. Strausborger's at-bats––ground ball single to left, ground ball single to left, popup single to second, line drive double to right.
Speedy second baseman and leadoff hitter Leury Garcia laced a triple to right field on the third pitch of the game. He came around to score when the next hitter singled. The prospect finished the day 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
Third baseman Mike Olt (1/3, BB) and DH Elio Sarmiento (2/4) also reached safely twice. Olt added a sacrifice fly while the switch-hitting Sarmiento drove in two runs.
Leonys Martin played in center field and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, a walk, and a run batted in. The Cuba native is 4-for-20 with a double and a homer in his first five contests.
Wilfredo Boscan got the start for Zuila, and he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4.2 innings. The Venezuelan right-hander struck out five without issuing a walk.
Through five appearances (four starts) for the Aguilas, Boscan has the following stat-line––19.0 ip, 20 h, 7 er, 6 bb, 13 k.
It's a solid start for the 21-year-old, who is looking to turn around a disappointing season in which he posted a 5.04 ERA between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco.
La Guaira southpaw Joe Ortiz (1.59 ERA/.150 BAA) finished off the eighth inning by killing two birds with one stone––he induced an inning-ending double play against the only hitter he faced.
Escogido right-hander Carlos Pimentel fanned all three batters he faced in a perfect fifth inning during Wednesday's loss to Aguilas Cibaenas. The 21-year-old is off to a strong start in his first winterball campaign. In 10 innings, he has yielded one run on one hit, walking four and striking out 12.
Julio Borbon came on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and smacked a double to snap a five-game hitless streak.
Reliever Cody Eppley earned his fourth save for Obregon with a scoreless ninth inning. He threw eight of his 12 pitches for strikes while working around a hit and getting one strikeout.
Jose Felix caught the second game of Guasave's doubleheader, getting his first game action in a few days. The backstop batted sixth and went hitless in three at-bats. He is now 5-for-37 in 11 games.
No Rangers appeared in Wednesday's games.
Begins November 4.
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