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 (2.76 ERA/.243 BAA) returned to his dominant ways on Sunday evening. The 26-year-old righty yielded just one unearned run in eight innings of work. He scattered six hits and fanned seven without walking a batter.
Mendoza's peripheral statistics this winter have been sparkling. In 78.1 innings, he has allowed 71 hits while walking 22 and fanning 70. Additionally, the 6-foot-3 hurler is getting over two groundouts per flyout.
His 70 strikeouts lead the league. Guasave's Robert Coello has the circuit's second-most strikeouts with just 46.
Guasave catcher Jose Felix saw his first action since November 25. The young backstop was hitless in two at-bats, bringing him down to just 2-for-15 with one double on the season.
Before the season began in Venezuela, not many people could've projected Renny Osuna to outproduce Elvis Andrus at the plate. But that's what keeps happening.
Osuna, La Guaira's shortstop, was 2-for-4 with a single and a double on Sunday, lifting his average back up to .358 through 95 at-bats.
First baseman Max Ramirez singled once, walked twice, struck out twice, and committed his fourth error of the winter.
Left-handed specialist Joseph Ortiz allowed a single to the only hitter he faced in the game.
Magallanes shortstop Elvis Andrus–playing against Osuna's La Guaira club–singled twice in four trips.
There were no games on Sunday.
No Rangers appeared on Sunday.
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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