Dustin needed a couple of days off to attend to family issues so I will endeavor to provide you a reasonable facsimile of Dustin’s fine work on the Fall and Winter League recaps.
In my absence our Astro contingent did themselves proud for the Salt River Rafters last night, thoroughly crushing the Peoria Javelinas 12-2 on the Javs adopted home field … they play home games at Surprise Stadium. Leading an eleven run assault in the fifth inning of this contest was the Rafter’s number nine hitter and right fielder, Andrew Aplin, who closed out the inning with a Grand Slam … how’s that for leading from behind, sports fans?
In addition to hitting the grand salami Andrew contributed three singles to the cause to finish the night four-for-five with four RBI. But wait, there’s more: Rio Ruiz got off the schneid hitting third while playing third and had a two-for-four with an RBI, a BB and two Ks. The Rafters had fifteen hits for the evening but once again committed two errors though neither one led to a run for a change.
Vincent Velasquez, who had 72 Ks in 55-plus innings at the Lancaster launching pad this past season, came on as the first reliever out of the pen in the fifth. He threw thirty-six pitches, twenty-three for strikes, in his single inning of work while giving up two hits, a walk, and striking out two … I suppose it’s not too challenging pitching in relief with an eleven-run lead.
The Rafters play at the Glendale Desert Dogs (you may know them as Coyotes in Texas) this evening with Miami’s Anthony DeSclafani starting for your Rafters.
In Venezuelan League action Danry Vasquez went 1-for-2 with a run scored, an RBI and a K in the Leones del Caracas 6-3 victory over the Bravos de Margarita … meanwhile, in Mexican Winter League baseball Leo Heras went 0-for-3 with two walks in an 8-1 Jalisco loss to Mexicali.
As near as I can tell, that’s it for Astro farmhands yesterday … I hope you can stand another day or two of me in Dustin’s absence while he takes care of business.
~Wallee Wright ~