ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE - Scottsdale 4, Peoria 5
We have confirmation on Gary Brown's status: the talented young outfielder has been shut down for the offseason. Brown, confirming on SFGLive that he's been battling the flu for well over a week, has gone home to rest and recuperate. Nothing too serious, thankfully. Brown is in great spirits, and should be good to go by spring training. More details to come in the weekly recap.
Brandon Crawford -- the man who Richmond Flying Squirrels and Scottsdale Scorpions hitting coach Ken Joyce referred to as "the best three hitter in the [AFL]" -- was in his usual three-spot and playing shortstop for the Scorps on Wednesday. The 24-year-old picked up a hit in five tries, with an RBI and two strikeouts. Brandon had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth, with two on and two out and the Scorps down by a run. But after an eight-pitch battle, the infielder flew out to end the game. Crawford did extend his hitting streak to 11 games, however, and his season average now stands at .321 (17-for-53).
Unfortunately, the normally sure-handed infielder did have another defensive miscue, making his fourth error of the AFL season.
Birthday boy Seth Rosin tossed a scoreless top of the ninth for the Scorps. Rosin did not allow a hit and struck out one. Two Saguaros did reach base, however -- one on a walk, one on Crawford's error. It was the sixth appearance for the now 23-year-old, whose ERA on the year is 1.29. Happy birthday, Seth.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
Brandon Belt went 0-for-4 with a strikeout while batting third and playing left field for the Leones del Escogido on Wednesday. Nobody on the Leones was hitting though, the whole team only managed two hits total. Belt's average dropped to .283 (15-for-53).
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Tyler Graham was hitless in four trips to the plate for the Tomateros de Culiacan. The leadoff-hitting center fielder saw his average drop to .284 (23-for-81).
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
Hector Sanchez posted yet another multi-hit performance for the Tiburones de La Guaira. Batting in the sixth spot and DHing, the red-hot 21-year-old went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. Sanchez is absolutely demolishing Venezuelan pitching so far, at a clip of .448 (13-for-29).
Max Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a run scored, a walk and a strikeout on Wednesday. The 27-year-old was the DH and hit sixth in the order for the Bravos de Margarita. Ramirez is hitting .245 (13-for-53) on the season.
Jean Machi earned his fourth save Wednesday while hurling one inning, allowing just one hit and striking out two. The 29-year-old right-hander, a journeyman minor leaguer that spent some time with Fresno in 2011, has posted a tidy 1.04 ERA in eight appearances for the Navegantes del Magallanes.
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