7-6-1, 2.5 GB
Although the Saguaros suffered a 14-run defeat at the hands of the Desert Dogs on Wednesday, the three Rangers prospects in the contest actually played quite well.
And luckily for the Rangers, none of their pitchers were harmed in the 15-1 thrashing.
Talented leadoff hitter and shortstop Luis Sardinas, making his fifth AFL start, went 2-for-4 with a double. The switch-hitting prospect is now 8-for-22 (.364) with a double, and a home run. He's walked once, struck out five times, and stolen a base.
DH Hanser Alberto (2/4) added two singles while first baseman Chris McGuiness (1/4) singled once in four at-bats.
For the second consecutive day, two of the three games in the Dominican Republic were postponed. Sidearming reliever Johan Yan, who is set to become a six-year minor league free agent, did appear for the Aguilas Cibaenas. He yielded a run on two hits and a hit batter in 1.1 innings, striking out one.
Originally signed by the Rangers as an infielder, Yan moved to the mound in 2009 and began throwing sidearm the following year. He finished this season in Triple-A Round Rock, where he posted a 5.03 ERA in 28 relief appearances (34 innings).
Scuffling La Guaira lefty reliever Joe Ortiz got off the schneid by working a 1-2-3 seventh inning on Wednesday.
Magallanes outfielder Eduard Pinto, who turned 17 earlier this week, grounded out in his only plate appearance. He appeared as a pinch runner in the eighth inning and remained in the game in left field.
Caracas right-hander Richard Alvarez improved to 3-0 through three Liga Paralela starts this season. Facing the Phillies' Venezuelan group, the 20-year-old prospect hurled six innings of four-hit shutout ball. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
The Caracas team is now 8-1 through nine games with a cumulative 2.44 earned-run average as a club. Alvarez has the following stat-line in his three starts––16.2 ip, 13 h, 2 er, 0 bb, 11 k.
Playing first base for Caracas, Tomas Telis batted fifth and singled once in four at-bats. Shortstop Santiago Chirino went hitless in three trips. Both players are off to slow starts at the plate. Telis is 6-for-27 (.222) while Chirino is 5-for-21 (.238).
Jhonny Gomez raised his batting average to .421 (16-for-38) through 10 contests with two singles in three at-bats. Gomez has belted two doubles and three round-trippers in those 10 games.
For the second consecutive day, Mazatlan right fielder Joey Butler fanned twice in four hitless at-bats. He's now 4-for-17 (.235) with a home run, a walk, and seven strikeouts through seven winterball games.
Begins November 8.
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