Surprise played to its second 11-inning tie of the Fall League campaign on Tuesday afternoon.
The low-scoring affair was assisted by another strong start from rehabbing right-hander Eric Hurley. The former first-round pick tossed five more shutout innings, yielding three hits, walking two, and striking out three. Hurley threw 43 of his 74 pitches for strikes.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hurley was shaky in his first two AFL starts––his first official outings since the 2008 season––but his stuff has shown drastic improvement in the last two games. During his October 27 start, Hurley's fastball sat between 91-93 mph, touching 94 once. He has 10 shutout innings in those last two starts.
Only time will tell where Hurley ends up when the 2011 season begins, but if he has solid stuff, durability, and results, there's no reason that he can't compete for spot on the big league pitching staff next spring.
Lefty reliever Corey Young entered after Hurley and continued the shutout with 1.1 scoreless frames. The Seton Hall product gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one. Young has yet to surrender a run over five appearances and 4.2 innings.
Right fielder Joey Butler (1/5) and catcher Jose Felix (1/4) had one single apiece. Felix has gunned down an impressive six of eight attempted base stealers in the Fall League thus far.
The Tiburones fell in 13 innings on Tuesday evening, and designated hitter Max Ramirez went hitless in each of his five official at-bats, dropping his average to .308. He did reach base on a hit-by pitch in the first inning.
Left-hander Joe Ortiz appeared in a game for the first time since October 24, logging one-third of an inning without giving up a run. The 20-year-old walked a batter before getting a strikeout to end the top of the 13th.
No Rangers appeared on Tuesday. Right-hander Doug Mathis is scheduled to join the Toros del Este at some point this week.
No Rangers prospects appeared in Tuesday's games.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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