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.
No Rangers appeared on Wednesday.
Guillermo Moscoso (4.58 ERA/.269 BAA) pitched well in his spot start on Wednesday, allowing just one run over three innings of work. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out two.
First baseman Max Ramirez, who may or may not be traded to the Red Sox within the next couple of days, was 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his 12th of the winter.
Aside from the home run, Ramirez had a busy day. He was caught stealing once, committed two errors, grounded into a double play, and got hit by a pitch.
Zuila first baseman Ernesto Mejia, who played against Ramirez's La Guaira club on Wednesday, also jacked his 12th homer of the season, keeping the two tied for the league lead.
Pinch hitter Renny Osuna hit a sacrifice fly in his only plate appearance. Pinch runner and right fielder David Paisano was 0-for-1 with a run scored.
Hitting from the nine hole, shortstop Elvis Andrus was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs batted in.
In four at-bats, Joaquin Arias singled once, drove home a run, and stole his sixth base of the winter.
Esteban German's average fell to .236 after he went 0-for-2 with a base on balls.
Hard-throwing righty Alexi Ogando struck out one in a scoreless inning. He also allowed one hit. Another fireballing right-hander, Jumbo Diaz, worked a perfect eighth inning, getting one strikeout.
Julio Borbon was hitless in four trips.
Miguel Velazquez grounded out to the pitcher and struck out in his two plate appearances on Wednesday.
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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