16-16, 2.0 GB
The Rafters finished with a .500 mark, two games behind the division-winning Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League's West Division.
Luis Mendoza (2.98 ERA/.221 BAA) went the distance for Obregon in the losing effort. The 26-year-old hurler yielded two runs–one earned–over eight innings. He scattered eight hits [all singles] while walking zero and fanning five.
All things considered, Mendoza is having an excellent season this winter. The Mexico native has logged at least seven innings in four of his last five starts, and he's allowed just one earned run over 15 innings in his last two outings.
He currently ranks second in Liga Mexicana del Pacifico in earned-run average, and he is tied for the league lead in innings pitched. Mendoza also leads the circuit with 45 strikeouts, which is 15 more than the next-highest contender.
Max Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk on Saturday evening. The round-tripper was his seventh of the winterball season.
Second baseman Renny Osuna (0/4) and right fielder David Paisano (0/2, 2 BB) both went without a hit.
Lara's Guilder Rodriguez saw time as a defensive replacement in left field.
So teams from the Dominican Republic are playing Puerto Rican teams this weekend. Julio Borbon's Aguilas Cibaenas went up against Mayaguez on Saturday, and Borbon singled twice in five at-bats.
Esteban German was 1-for-5, dropping his batting average to .257.
Licey pinch runner Andres James scored a run, but he didn't have a plate appearance.
Ponce reliever Adalberto Flores had yet another rough outing. The tall righty allowed one run in one inning, but he issued three walks and allowed a hit.
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