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.
It was another dominant effort for starting pitcher Luis Mendoza on Thursday. The right-handed sinkerballer went seven innings, allowing just one unearned run. He scattered five singles while walking three and fanning four. He posted a solid 14:3 groundout-to-flyout ratio.
Mendoza has a 2.62 ERA after nine starts this winter, and he has now logged at least seven innings in five of his last six starts.
Designated hitter Max Ramirez hasn't gotten many hits this winter, but he seems to be making them count. On Thursday, he was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and three runs batted in. The round-tripper was his ninth.
Teammates Renny Osuna (1/4) and David Paisano (0/1) also saw action in the field.
Joseph Ortiz picked up his second win in as many nights, this time after pitching a full inning. Ortiz retired all three hitters he faced, getting two flyouts and a strikeout. His earned-run average now sits at 2.25.
Elvis Andrus had his second consecutive 0-for-4 night for Magallanes.
Lara pinch runner and third baseman Guilder Rodriguez didn't have a plate appearance, but he did steal his third base of the season.
The Dominican Winter League took Thursday off.
There were on games on Thursday.
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