26-10, 9.5 GU
With only one game to play in the Arizona Fall League season, the Saguaros have moved to within one game of the AFL's single-season win record with 26 in 36 contests.
Slugging prospect Mike Olt (.349/.433/.764) fell just shy of two Fall League single-season records on Thursday, as both his home run (13) and RBI (43) totals finished one short of the top marks in league's 20-year history.
Olt did extend his hitting streak to 17 games by going 1-for-3 with two walks, two strikeouts, and a run batted in. He finished by pacing the circuit in home runs (13), RBI (43), total bases (81), and slugging percentage (.764). His 15 walks were tied for eighth in the league while the 36 strikeouts (in 27 games) were third.
While Olt's single-season record chases were the biggest story on Thursday, left-hander Miguel de los Santos (3.26 ERA/.178 BAA) was arguably Surprise's best performer.
The 23-year-old starting pitcher twirled five innings of one-hit shutout ball, throwing only 59 pitches and retiring the game's first 10 batters. He struck out six and walked two.
De los Santos finished his AFL with the following line––30.1 ip, 19 h, 11 er, 15 bb, 40 k. His strikeout total led the league by a long shot. Second best was the Yankees' David Pehlps with 28.
Shortstop Leury Garcia (.361/.379/.590) raised his average yet again by going 3-for-4 with a double, his sixth in 20 games and 11th overall extra-base knock. The speedster also laid down a sacrifice bunt.
Ryan Strausborger, who played in right field, raised his final average to .329 with two singles in five at-bats.
The Saguaros (26-10) will face the same Salt River (22-16) club for the Arizona Fall League championship at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The game will the televised on MLB Network at 2:00 p.m. Central.
Rangers prospects Tanner Scheppers and Joey Butler contributed to the Navegantes del Magallanes' 7-2 road win at hated rival Caracas.
Playing in front of 20,715 fans, Scheppers fanned two in a scoreless eighth inning while throwing 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes. He did plunk one batter. Though he has had some control issues, the hard-throwing hurler has allowed just one earned run on five hits in 12 innings this winter.
Butler, who batted sixth as the team's DH, was 1-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases.
There was only one game played on Thursday, and no Rangers appeared in the contest.
Catcher Jose Felix saw his average drop to .137 in 51 official at-bats after he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Thursday. Although he didn't hit well, the 23-year-old did gun down both attempted base stealers.
Felix is just 7-for-51 with two doubles, a homer, a walk, and five strikeouts in 16 games.
No Rangers appeared on Thursday.
Richard Alvarez tossed a scoreless inning in Caracas' 6-1 loss to the Tiburones. Throwing the sixth inning, Alvarez worked around a hit and a walk while striking out one.
In three relief appearances thus far, Alvarez has hurled three scoreless innings while yielding four hits, walking two, and striking out three.
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