There was a lot of action in the Winter Leagues on Wednesday as several double-headers were played. IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 1) – 0-3 – The right fielder had a quiet game. All three at-bats ended with him grounding out.
Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 2) – 2-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Carrera was a completely different hitter in the second game of the double-header. He helped put Navegantes de Magallanes in the lead in the fourth inning on a RBI-double to left field.
Robert Zarate (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 2) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO – The southpaw served as the opener for the second game. His control was spotty to open the second inning as he issued a leadoff walk then hit a batter. That proved costly as he surrendered a game-tying RBI-single but got his command back by retiring the next two batters to keep it a tie game.
Jose Rodriguez (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 2) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R/1 ER, 3 BB – The righty also suffered from control issues. He allowed a base hit and walked two batters to load the bases in the fourth inning with out out before getting the hook.
Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 2) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO – Vizcaya was summoned to try and put out the fire left by Rodriguez in the fourth frame. He got the ground ball he was looking for but the defense couldn’t turn the double-play and a bad throw to first allowed two runs to score on the play putting Navegantes de Magallanes behind after re-taking the lead in the top of the fourth.
Yonathan Mendoza (2B, Cardenales de Lara) – 0-3, 1 BB – Mendoza was another former Indian whom had a quiet game. There wasn’t a ton of offense though on either side in Cardenales de Lara’s loss to Aguilas del Zulia.
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB – The second baseman made a costly error in the second inning that in turn opened the floodgates to a five-run frame for Tigres de Aragua. Monasterio redeemed himself by delivering a RBI-single to left field to make it just a two-run game in the fourth inning.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO – The third baseman put together a strong showing on Wednesday. Romero’s base hit in the third inning helped start a two-out rally to push a run across to help Caribes de Anzoategui cut into Tigres de Aragua’s lead.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Gabriel Arias (RP, Tigres del Licey – Game 1) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – No sooner had Tigres del Licey tied the game in the top of the sixth inning did Arias end up giving the lead right back. The go-ahead run reached on a ground ball single to first base but it was a throwing error by Arias on a pick-off attempt that put the runner in scoring position and would eventually come around to score on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Charlie Valerio (C, Leones del Escogido) – 0-0 – Valerio entered the game as a defensive replacement at catcher in the tenth inning after Eliezer Alvarez pinch-hit for starting catcher Julio E. Rodriguez. When his turn to bat came up he was pinch-hit for by Cesar Puello in the bottom of the 11th inning.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Brennan Bernardino (RP, Charros de Jalisco) – 1.0 IP, 1 SV, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO – The southpaw got the call once again for a save opportunity. Bernardino walked the tight rope as he put runners at the corners with two outs but fanned Emmanuel Avila to end the game.
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (SS, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 3-5, 1 2B, 2 R – The shortstop did a nice job setting the table for the heart of the order on Wednesday.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 0-3, 1 SO – The left fielder had a chance to help his team put some runs on the board in the third inning when he stepped up to the plate with runners at first and second with one out but ended up grounding into an inning-ending double-play.