It was another crazy day in the Venezuelan League on Sunday. Although the LVBP is only on its third day the action has not slowed down. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff […]
It was another crazy day in the Venezuelan League on Sunday. Although the LVBP is only on its third day the action has not slowed down. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 1-2, 1 BB – The second baseman came to the Indians as a part of the Yan Gomes deal with the Washington Nationals. Monasterio was primed to open the 2020 season in the upper minors until the pandemic took it all away. He picked up his first hit of the LVBP when he singled to center field in the seventh inning. Monasterio played a huge role in the ninth inning as he laid down a sac bunt to move the winning run to second base. Caribes de Anzoategui would then walk it off a two-run homer by Rafael Ortega.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Romero picked up his first hit of the LVBP when he singled on a ground ball to short in the first inning. He then scored the game’s first run when he crossed home plate after rounding the bases on an RBI-double by Balbino Fuenmayor during the fourth frame.
Alex Monsalve (C, Tigres de Aragua) – 0-1 – The catcher last played a minor league baseball game with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats during the 2018 season. Monsalve entered the game in the eighth inning as defensive replacement for Ramon Cabrera. He failed to get a hit in his only at-bat of the game during the final inning.
Yonathan Mendoza (2B-3B, Cardenales de Lara) – 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 BB – It seemed impossible to get Mendoza out on Sunday. The middle infielder’s biggest moment of the game came when he doubled to right field in the fourth inning. That helped set up a bases-loaded situation later on in the frame and Yordanys Linares cashed in with a grand slam to right-center field to cap off a five-run inning.
Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 2 SO, 0 BB – The righty allowed the leadoff batter to reach base via a bit to leadoff the eighth frame but worked around it by striking out two of the next three batters to escape a potential scoring threat.
Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO – The right fielder came up with some timely hits. First he reached base in the first inning thanks to his speed as he beat out a bunt. That allowed the game’s first run to score in the next at-bat thanks to a throwing error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt. Carrera then delivered a two-out RBI-single to center field to extend his team’s lead to 5-0 in the second inning.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Alexi Ogando (RP, Toros del Este) – 0.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 SO – The righty came on for the save but ran into some trouble. First Ogando issued a leadoff walk and before he knew it the bases were loaded with no outs. He was given the hook for Pedro Payano and Payano escaped without any damage.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Roman Pena (RP, Venados de Mazatlan – Game 2) – 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO – The righty came on to pitch in the sixth inning. He walked Zach Borenstein on four straight pitches to lead things off then departed the game. Thankfully Borenstein didn’t come around to score as he was erased on an inning-ending double play.
Michael Choice (DH, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 1-4, 2 BB – Choice was an on-base machine on Sunday. He first reached base on a ground ball single to center field in the first inning then showed a nice eye at the plate two walks.
Jeff Johnson (RP, Sultanes de Monterrey) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – Johnson got into trouble when he let the leadoff batter of the ninth inning reach base via a base hit. Luckily he erased that by inducing a double-play. Despite giving up a two-out base hit he escaped the inning with no damage.
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (SS, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 0-5, 2 SO – The shortstop had a chance to win the game as he stepped up to the dish with with the bases loaded and two outs but ended up striking out.
Derrick Loop (RP, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO – The southpaw came on in the top of the ninth and struck out both batters he faced to keep it just a one-run game.
Brennan Bernardino (RP, Charros de Jalisco) – 1.0 IP, 1 SV, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO – The lefty was flirting with trouble in the ninth as he loaded the bases but knuckled up and struck out Chavez to seal the win.
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LCBP)
Audy Ciriaco (1B, Caimanes) – 0-3, 1 BB, 2 SO – The first baseman was quiet at the dish on Sunday. Ciriaco last played professional baseball with the Columbus Clippers during the 2015 season.
Jhon Pelufo (RP, Vaqueros) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO – The righty came on for multi-inning relief in the sixth inning. Pelufo was claimed off waivers from the Frederick Keys in the 2019 offseason but never threw a single pitch in the Indians’ organization because of the pandemic.