6-3, 0.0 GU
Mitch Moreland is off to an outstanding start in the Arizona Fall League. The 24-year-old played first base on Thursday and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Through his first five games, the left-handed Moreland is batting .350 [7-for-20] with one double and two homers.
His .331 batting average between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Frisco are looking like no fluke. Moreland has worked hard to sharpen his approach while also closing up holes in his swing over the past couple of seasons.
Catcher Doug Hogan didn't have as much success at the plate, as he was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The Clemson product is just 2-for-13 through his first four contests.
Once again, the highlight of the night was Tanner Scheppers. The fireballing righty pitched two more innings, retiring all six batters he faced on just 21 pitches. He struck out two.
Scheppers fanned Chris Heisey on an 84 mph curveball [called] and Matt McBride on an 81 mph hammer [also called]. His fastball ranged anywhere between 94-98 mph.
Evan Reed pitched the ninth inning and allowed another home run, his second in as many appearances. In all, the 6-foot-4 hurler yielded two runs on two hits and a walk in the one frame.
With a fastball between 93-95 mph and a mid-80s slider, Reed's velocity was there, but his command was inconsistent to say the least. He threw just 10 strikes in 21 pitches.
No Rangers appeared on Thursday, but minor league free agent and 2009 OKC RedHawks pitcher Bryan Corey tossed seven scoreless innings for Obregon, allowing just two hits. Former Rangers prospect John Mayberry, who also plays for Obregon, was 1-for-4 with a double.
The power may be legitimately returning for Max Ramirez. The La Guaira slugger went 2-for-4 on Thursday, blasting his second home run in as many nights. Ramirez also walked.
The game went into 13 innings [with Magallanes scoring six runs in the 13th for a 10-4 victory], and Renny Osuna replaced Ramirez as a pinch runner in the ninth. Osuna went hitless in his two plate appearances.
Centerfielder David Paisano went without a hit in three trips.
First baseman Mauro Gomez batted sixth for the Toros and went 0-for-4 in the league's only game of the night.
Begins November 12
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