The Venezuelan League continued to kick into action on its second day of regular season play. Combined with the Dominican and Mexican Leagues it was a busy day in the Winter Leagues. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)

Cardenales de Lara 10, Aguilas de Zulia 4

FORMER INDIANS

Yonathan Mendoza (3B-2B, Cardenales de Lara) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Mendoza got his first hit of the Venezuelan League as he doubled home a run as a part of a four-run fifth inning for Cardenales de Lara. He then led off the eighth inning with a base hit to right field to kick off a two-run frame.

Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – The southpaw almost tossed a perfect seventh inning but surrendered a two-out hit to Yordanys Lianres. Gomez worked around it to record another scoreless relief appearance.

Caribes de Anzoategui 7, Tigres de Aragua 3 – Game 1

FORMER INDIAN

Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui – Game 1) – 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Romero didn’t get a hit in his LVBP debut but brought home a run by working a bases-loaded walk in the second inning to help put Caribes de Anzoategui up to a 3-0 lead. The third baseman last appeared on a baseball field in the minors when he was in the New York Mets’ organization during the 2016 season.

Tigres de Aragua 3, Caribes de Anzoategui 1 – Game 2

FORMER INDIAN

Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui – Game 2) – 0-3, 1 SO – The third baseman is starting out the Venezuelan League hitless throughout six at-bats. He had a chance to tack onto the lead during the second inning where Caribes de Anzoategui scored three runs but ended up striking out to strand two runners in scoring position.

Navegantes de Magallanes 2, Bravos de Margarita 4

FORMER INDIANS

Yohan Pino (SP, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 SO – The righty had been working out of trouble throughout the first three innings. Pino couldn’t get himself out of a jam in the fourth inning where he issued back-to-back walks which in turn led to a four-run inning. Pino hasn’t pitched in the majors since he was with the Kansas City Royals during the 2015 campaign.

Ezequiel Carrera (LF-RF, Navegantes de Magallanes – 0-4 – The outfielder did reach base in the first inning due to a throwing error by the pitcher which helped set up Navegantes de Magallanes getting its first run of the game. Carrera ended up leaving five men on base as he struggled to hit with runners in scoring position. He was last seen with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system during the 2019 season.

Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO – Vizacaya was in a high-leverage situation early as Erick Salcedo doubled to leadoff the seventh inning. The righty worked around the double and struck out two of the next three batters to end the scoring threat. Vizcaya was set to pitch in the Dodgers’ farm system during the 2020 season but the pandemic wiped out that opportunity.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)

Estrellas Orientales 3, Toros del Este 1 – Game 1

FORMER INDIANS

Paolo Espino (SP, Toros del Este – Game 1) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO – Although he didn’t log enough innings to qualify for an official win or loss Espino faced just two batters over the minimum in what was a solid start as the two teams finally finished a game that had been suspended on November 17.

Francisco Mejía (PH-C, Estrellas Orientales – Game 1) – 0-1- Mejía was brought in to pinch-hit for Lewin Diaz in the eight inning upon the resumption of the game. His only at-bat saw him him ground out to third base.

CURRENT INDIANS

Anthony Gose (RP, Toros del Este – Game 1) – 0.1 IP, 1 BS, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – Gose came into the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two outs with Toros del Este clinging to a 1-0 lead. The southpaw couldn’t get out of it and surrendered a three-run go-ahead triple to Zach Reks.

Oscar Gonzalez (PR-DH, Estrellas Orientales – Game 1) – 0-0 – Gonzalez entered the game to pinch-run for Reks after he hit the go-ahead triple to put Estrellas Orientales ahead 3-1 in the sixth inning.

Toros del Este 6, Estrellas Orientales 5 – Game 2

FORMER INDIAN

Francisco Mejía (PH, Estrellas Orientales – Game 2) – 0-1 – Mejía came into the second game also as a pinch-hitter with a runner at first base and one out in the ninth inning. He ended up popping out to first base.

Leones del Escogido 2, Aguilas Cibaenas 0

FORMER INDIAN

Ronny Rodriguez (3B, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 1-3 – Ronny-Rod smacked a leadoff double in the fifth inning and gave Aguilas Cibaenas a chance to get on the board first. Unfortunately he was stranded at second base.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)

Aguilas de Mexicali 4, Sultanes de Monterrey 2

FORMER INDIAN

Michael Choice (RF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Choice put Aguilas de Mexicali up 3-2 in the fourth inning after he drilled a two-run homer out to right-center field.

Charros de Jalisco 5, Tomateros de Culiacan 1

FORMER INDIAN

Jose Guadalupe Chavez (2B, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 1-4 – Chavez’s lone hit came in the third frame when a single put runners on the corners with two outs and Tomateros de Culiacan a chance to score some response runs. Alas Chavez got stranded on first base as Mateo Gil grounded out to the pitcher.

J.C. Ramirez (SP, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 8.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 SO – Despite giving up five runs throughout the first five innings Ramirez ended up almost going the distance and saved the bullpen. Ramirez’s biggest struggle came in the third inning when he loaded the bases on three straight hits and paid for it by surrendering three runs that frame.

Brennan Bernardino (RP, Charros de Jalisco) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – The southpaw delivered a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory for Charros de Jalisco.

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