Winter Ball: Gronkiewicz Picks up Victory
Lee Gronkiewicz

Posted Oct 20, 2006


Lee Gronkiewicz took the ball in the late innings once again for Obregon on Thursday, and picked up the victory for his club. While the Hawaii Winter League had an off day, the Arizona Fall League was in action with Curtis Thigpen and Ryan Klosterman in the lineup, and Gabriel Alfaro made an appearance in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Lee Gronkiewicz entered the ninth inning with his club trailing by two, with his goal being to retire the side without any more damage. He didn’t get off to a good start after he walked Heriberto Salas, and allowed a single to Fernando Valenzuela Jr. However, the right-hander got into a groove when he caught Emmanuel Valdez looking at a third strike, and then got Gonzalo Meza to struck out swinging. Cristhian Presichi stepped to the plate next, and was also called out on strikes.

Obregon went on to record two runs in the bottom of the ninth, which enabled Gronkiewicz to pick up the victory.

Gronkiewicz pitched a scoreless innings, allowing a hit, one walk, and fanned three.

The 28-year-old has strung together three consecutive scoreless outings. During that span he has issued a walk, on just one hit, while striking out six batters.

Arizona Fall League

Curtis Thigpen was playing first base and in the third spot Thursday for Phoenix, and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He did record his second double of the fall. Ryan Klosterman was playing second base, but went 0-for-3 with a run scored, a walk, and a strikeout.

Klosterman is batting 6-for-18 this fall with two runs batted in, while Thigpen is hitting .308 (8-26).

Venezuelan Winter League

Gabriel Alfaro came in with a runner on third base and two outs, but allowed an RBI single to Jorge Velandia. Ryan Sweeney was up next and reached on an error by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Alfaro then settled down and got Josh Fields to ground into a force out.

Alfaro came back out for the seventh. After getting Dioner Navarro to pop out to shortstop, he struck out Felix Escalona. However, with two outs, Carlos Mendoza belted a double to right field. Alfaro then was told to walk Ray Olmedo, which signaled the end of his night. Both runners he put on base ended up scoring later in the inning.

In all, Alfaro pitched one inning, and allowed two runs, on two hits, while walking a batter, and striking out one.

In 5 2/3 total innings, he has allowed three runs, and four hits.


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