12-15, 5.0 GB
The Rafters notched their second consecutive victory over the division-leading Javelinas on Friday afternoon.
Starting pitcher Matt Harrison was both excellent and efficient, tossing three hitless, scoreless innings. Harrison walked the first batter he faced, but quickly retired the next nine hitters. He threw just 33 pitches in the outing.
Harrison also had outstanding velocity, as he has in all of his Fall League appearances. According to the pitch f/x feature, Harrison sat between 92-95 mph, throwing quite a few heaters between 94 and 95.
Right-hander Daniel Gutierrez followed with three more scoreless innings, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out two. Gutierrez generally worked around 90-94 mph, and he threw a handful of changeups to go along with his fastball and curveball.
Tanner Scheppers had his worst outing as a professional, yielding four runs on four hits in just one inning of work. Scheppers had trouble finding the strike zone, and he ended up walking two batters. The righty also surrendered a home run to Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .158. Teagarden is 6-for-38 with 14 punchouts thus far.
First baseman and cleanup hitter Mitch Moreland went 1-for-2 with an RBI and three walks.
No Rangers appeared on Friday.
Lara pinch runner and third baseman Guilder Rodriguez didn't have a plate appearance. The 26-year-old was recently re-signed by the Rangers to a minor league contract. He is 4-for-13 at the plate in 19 games with the Cardenales this season.
La Guaira DH Max Ramirez fell further into his slump, as he went 0-for-2 with a walk. Ramirez's batting average now sits at .202.
Defensive replacement and right fielder David Paisano struck out in his lone plate appearance.
Renny Osuna, who played both second base and first base, fell a home run short of the cycle. He was 4-for-4 with a single, a double, and a triple. Osuna also drove in three runs in the contest.
Although the 24-year-old Osuna generally enters the game as a pinch runner or defensive sub, he has performed well at the plate, going 12-for-29 [.414] with one double and two triples.
Lefty reliever Joseph Ortiz worked a perfect inning, getting two groundouts and a strikeout. The 19-year-old appears to be getting better as the season progresses. Over his last eight appearances, he has posted the following line: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
Warner Madrigal's Dominican Winter League struggles continued on Friday, as he yielded three runs on two hits and a walk in just two-thirds of an inning.
Toros second baseman Esteban German was 1-for-3 with a home run, his first of the season.
No Rangers appeared on Friday, but a pair of former farmhands saw action for Caguas.
Left-handed starter Ben Kozlowski got the start for the Criollos, yielding two runs in three innings of work. He allowed just one hit, but issued three walks.
First baseman Freddie Thon, who was released in Spring Training 2008 and played indy ball this past season, singled once in three at-bats.
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