ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Phoenix over Salt River 12-7
The good guys may have lost but the Astros players had a very good day as they scored four of the runs and batted in six of the seven runs. Jake Goebbert was 1-4 with three strikeouts and a stolen base. Jason Castro was 3-5 (all singles) with a strikeout, scored a run and made a fielding error. He has hit batting average up to .289. Kody Hinze was 0-3 with a walk and a run before going into his last at-bat. With two outs in the ninth, he hit a three-run home run. But the stand-out for Houston was Jay Austin who went 3-5 with a double, a triple, three RBI's (two of them with two outs), scored a run and had one strikeout. In his last two games he is 6-10 and is now hitting .311.
The Astros hitters have been in a groove in the month of November. In the last 10 games, they are collectively hitting .361 with eight doubles, one triple, one home run, eighteen RBI's and have scored eighteen runs. It is an excellent time for them to be peaking with only one game left before the Championship Game on Saturday. Today's game will be a preview of the big game as Surprise and Salt River face off for one more regular season game before meeting each other Saturday.
As a side note, I was looking at the pitcher's stat page yesterday and I saw that Dallas Keuchel leads all Arizona Fall League pitchers by a wide margin in SO:BB ratio. In 28.1 innings over 7 games (6 starts), he has 22 strikeouts and one walk. That's a 22:1 ratio folks - not too shabby!
Salt River (22-15) vs. Surprise (25-10) at 1:35 CST
Toros over Gigantes 1-0 in 11 innings
Fernando Abad got the start for the Toros, pitching five innings with three hits and five strikeouts. Jimmy Parades got another start at third base for the Gigantes and was 0-4 with two strikeouts.
Estrellas over Licey 1-0
*Anderson Hernandez was 1-4 for Licey.
Escogido over Aguilas 3-2
Brian Bogusevic was 0-4 with a strikeout and two GIDP's for Aguilas.
La Guaira over Magallanes 13-2
Jose Altuve was 0-3 with a strikeout for Magallanes.
Aragua over Caracas 3-1
*Wladimir Sutil was 2-3 with an RBI and a strikeout for Caracas.
Lara over Margarita 7-0
Joe Thurston was 1-3 with two walks, a strikeout and scored two runs for Lara.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Caguas over Mayaguez 9-3
Angel Sanchez was 1-4 with an RBI for Mayaguez.
Ponce over Carolina 5-2
*Robinson Cancel was 2-4 with an RBI and scored a run for Ponce. Carlos Corporan was 1-4 with a strikeout for Carolina, while Xavier Cedeno pitched 1.1 innings with two hits and one run (no earned runs).