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 struggled a bit on Wednesday, but at the end of the day, he picked up his fifth win of the winter. The right-hander allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings. Mendoza was a bit wild, walking five and uncorking two wild pitches, but he also struck out eight.
Max Ramirez had a rough night, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Second baseman Renny Osuna was hitless in two at-bats before being lifted for a pinch hitter.
Lefty reliever Joseph Ortiz allowed hits to both batters he faced, and both eventually came around to score.
Elvis Andrus had one single in four at-bats, and he also committed two errors in the field, giving him three on the season.
Aguilas Cibaenas leadoff hitter Julio Borbon went 2-for-4 with his second triple of the winter.
Toros del Este catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out in his only at-bat. He was pulled after the plate appearance, when he began experiencing numbness and discomfort in his right arm.
Leadoff hitter and second baseman Esteban German continued to heat up, as he went 1-for-2 with a walk, an HBP, and his sixth stolen base.
Escogido shortstop Joaquin Arias appeared in his first game since November 10. He was 1-for-4 with a run batted in.
Warner Madrigal's brutal winterball struggles kept on going. The righty blew his third save of the winter while coughing up three runs on two walks and a hit in one inning of work. The 25-year-old has a 12.91 earned-run average in 7.2 innings this season.
No Rangers appeared on Wednesday.
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