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 (3.07 ERA/.248 BAA) fell to 5-3 on the season, when he allowed four runs on 10 hits in seven innings pitched. The right-hander walked one and struck out six.
La Guaira's Renny Osuna singled once in three at-bats, actually dropping his average down to .349. The 24-year-old struck out once, giving him seven strikeouts [and seven walks] in 83 at-bats this winter.
First baseman Max Ramirez went 0-for-4, and he also committed his first error of the winter.
Reliever Joseph Ortiz allowed one run on one hit in one-third of an inning.
Elvis Andrus moved up to the leadoff spot for the Navegantes on Tuesday, and he singled once in five trips.
Toros leadoff hitter Esteban German was 0-for-5 with a strikeout, knocking his batting average down to .241.
German played against Joaquin Arias' Escogido club. Arias continued his outstanding hitting of late, as he notched three singles in four at-bats, raising his average to .321.
Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless inning for Escogido, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.
Aguilas Cibaenas leadoff man Julio Borbon played left field and went hitless in four plate appearances.
Left-hander Mike Ballard allowed one run in two innings of work on Tuesday evening. He gave up two hits, walked zero, and struck out zero.
Five Australian teams are competing for the Claxton Shield. Two Rangers are represented in Aaron Thompson (Queensland) and Tim Stanford (New South Wales).
In two appearances with the Queensland Rams, the right-hander Thompson has allowed two runs on three hits in one inning, walking zero and striking out one.
Stanford has not yet begun playing for NSW.
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