Winter Leagues Week in Review

Junior Guerra plays a big role in the Sharks pen

In this edition of Winter Leagues Week in Review, look out for who continues to swing a hot bat in Arizona. Could Jason Vargas keep his scoreless streak alive? And who has established an impressive streak of his own in Arizona? Plus, who made another big start in Hawaii? Look inside for the answers to those questions and more.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

Shawn Bowman: DNP

Bowman has not seen any action since leaving Arizona following his October 22 appearance. For the time being, he has returned home for personal reasons.

Daniel Murphy: DNP

Murphy too was out of action all week due to a minor forearm injury. At the time of the injury, which occurred during the Rising Stars game held during the AFL, Murphy was hitting .400

Josh Thole: 6-for-14, 2 RBI, 5 R, BB

Thole continues to swing a hot, running his hitting streak to nine game with last week's effort. He best evening came on Friday night when he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a two-run, sixth inning single that served as padding for the Saguros 11-1 victory. Thole is now hitting .429 overall [15-for-35], but registered his first three strikeouts last week after seven games without fanning to start the season. He did commit his first error of the season on Tuesday night after missing a catch.

Eddie Kunz: 2 G, 3 IP, H, 2 K, 2 BB

In last Tuesday night's appearance, Kunz came in to pitch the seventh inning running into a bit of trouble as he allowed a leadoff single before issuing two walks. However he buckled down and got out of the inning without damage. He returned on Friday night and breezed through a perfect ninth inning, picking up a strikeout along the way.

Bobby Parnell: Win, 3 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 K, 3 BB

The right-hander gave up a first inning run in last Wednesday's appearance and allowed more baserunners than preferred, but he worked through it to pick up his third consecutive victory of the AFL season. So far in 9 1/3 cumulative innings, he has allowed 14 baserunners [seven walks, seven hits] while striking out 11 batters. To date, right-handers have mustered just a .111 average against Parnell.

Tobi Stoner: 2 G, 4 IP, 2 H, K, 2 BB

Two more scoreless appearances this past week ran Stoner's shutout streak to 10 2/3 innings pitched as he has not surrendered a run since his first outing of the season. Stoner is now 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA with eight strikeouts and five walks in 12 2/3 total innings pitched. The opposition is hitting just .178 off him.

Jason Vargas: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Yet it is Vargas who owns the longest consecutive scoreless streak of any hurler in the AFL. With three more shutout innings under his belt, he ran his season total to 15 2/3 innings. He has given up just one walk and has lowered his opponent batting average to .130. Opponents have gathered only six at-bats with runners in scoring position against Vargas.

HAWAIIAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Jordan Abruzzo: 5-for-16, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

Abruzzo continues to spend time as the Sharks' designated hitter, doing so four times over the past week. However, he did record his first two multi-hit games of the season as he bookended his week with two-hit efforts with an RBI each night. For the season, Abruzzo is now hitting .220 [11-for-50] in 14 games with four RBI.

Ruben Tejada: 3-for-15, R, BB, SB

After missing an entire week of action, Tejada returned to the field last Wednesday but went 0-for-4 before getting a hit in the following three games. His most productive night of the week came on Friday night when he gathered a hit in three at-bats with a walk and a stolen base. On Saturday, he recorded his third error of the season because of an off-target throw.

Greg Veloz: 1-for-10, R, 2B, BB

The second baseman's struggles in Hawaii continued last week as he notched just his second hit in 33 at-bats over his last ten games. It was a double in which he came around to score in Thursday's 5-2 Honolulu loss. Veloz has struck out 13 times over that span with at least one punchout in nine of his last ten games. In all, Veloz is now hitting .203 [15-for-74] with five RBI and two doubles.

Junior Guerra: 1-0, 2 G, 2 1/3 IP, H, 2 K, 2 BB

Guerra came in to pitch the ninth inning in the Sharks' 9-0 loss on Wednesday night. He gave up a hit and a walk but struck out his final batter faced to avoid damage. He returned to the mound, pitched the sixth inning and into the seventh to pick up his first victory of the HWL season. Guerra's 8.16 ERA overall has been inflated by two performances in which he gave up nine earned runs over 1 2/3 innings pitched. Otherwise, he has allowed two earned runs over eight innings. Walks do remain a sore spot for him as he has dished out 12 of them in 14 1/3 total innings pitched.

Roy Merritt: 3 G, 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 3 BB

Merritt had his poorest week of the season, snapping a streak of 6 2/3 shutout innings heading into his outing last Tuesday in which he allowed three earned runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings all in the top of the ninth with the Sharks trailing 9-6. He picked up the loss last Thursday as he gave up two go-ahead runs in the seventh inning which put the Sharks behind for good in an eventual 5-2 loss. However, he did pitch 1 2/3 vital innings on Saturday as he straddled the sixth and seventh innings as the Sharks posted two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

Scott Shaw: 5 IP, ER, H, 6 K, BB

After two comparatively subpar outings, Shaw took to the hill on Saturday and tossed five superb innings, his longest outing since a five-inning appearance on October 11. It was the third time in six games Shaw held the opposition to one hit or less and just the third in which he walked a batter. In 23 1/3 total innings, he has struck out 27 and walked five while the opposition has hit .114 off him.

Josh Stinson: 2 G, 3 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, K, 6 BB

In a rare appearance, Stinson recorded just one out on Tuesday night in a relief appearance. But when he took the ball again, this time on Friday night, he had his worst outing of the HWL season. In 2 2/3 innings, he was roughed up for four earned runs but much of his own doing as he issued six walks, doubling his season total as he now possesses 13 walks in 19 2/3 total innings pitched. He picked up his second loss that night.

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