What a day it was. There were countless double-headers in the Venezuelan League and things were pretty wild in the LIDOM as well. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Wander Beras (SP, Tigres de Aragua) – Game 1) – 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO – The southpaw was cruising throughout the first two innings as he faced just one batter above the minimum. Suddenly he ran into trouble in the third inning when he surrendered four base hits and a walk and got pulled with the bases loaded and just one out.
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui – Game 1) – 0-2, 1 R – After getting off to a blistering start in the LVBP Monasterio had a quiet day at the plate in the first game of the double-header. He did advance the go-ahead runner to third base to lead off the eighth inning
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui – Game 1) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI – The third baseman delivered the crucial hit in eighth inning as he had a two-run hit to center field to put Caribes de Anzoategui out in front for good.
Ezequiel Carrera (PH-DH, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 1) – 0-1, 1 SO – Carrera entered the game as a pinch-hitter for designated hitter Josmil Pinto. The hope was to get those speedy legs of him on-base as the go-ahead run but he struck out instead.
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui – Game 2) – 0-3, 1 SO – Overall the second baseman had a relatively quiet day. It was a rare sight to see him go hitless through both games of the double-header.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui – Game 2) – 2-2, 1 R, 1 BB – Romero is just on some sort of tear right now. He finished the day collecting four hits through six at-bats on Saturday.
Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – The righty played his part in helping the bullpen string together four consecutive innings of scoreless relief.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara – Game 1) – 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 SO – Rivero came up big in the seventh inning. Cardenales de Lara was trailing by three runs and the third baseman ignited a rally by clobbering a RBI-double to center field.
Yonathan Mendoza (SS-LF, Cardenales de Lara – Game 1) – 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 SO – Rivero started it and Mendoza finished it. Cardenales de Lara was down to its final out with and he came through with a two-run single to complete the comeback.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara – Game 2) – 1-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 BB – The third baseman socked his second double of the day in the second inning. He was unfortunately stranded at third base as his teammates failed to cash in on a bases-loaded situation.
Yonathan Mendoza (LF, Cardenales de Lara – Game 2) – 1-2, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – There’s being hot at the plate and then there’s just locked in. Mendoza put the cherry on top of the sundae for Cardenales de Lara as he drilled a two-run homer to cap off a six-run sixth inning.
Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – The lefty came on in the sixth inning to try and shut down any potential rally by Tiburones de La Guaira with runners at first and second and one out. He got Jairo Perez to pop out to short but Teodoro Martinez scorched a RBI-double to cut into the lead. Gomez limited the damage by getting Eduardo Torrealba to ground out to third base.
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LBP)
Jhon Pelufo (RP, Toros Vaqueros) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO – Pelufo delivered another strong multi-relief effort in game where the bullpen was full of leaks.
Audy Ciriaco (1B, Caimanes de Barranquilla) – 2-5, 2 RBI – The first baseman got Caimanes de Barranquilla off to an early 2-0 lead as he singled home two runs in the first inning.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Sandy León (C, Tigres del Licey) – 0-2, 1 SO – The veteran catcher was replaced in the eighth inning when Carlos Franco was summoned to pinch-hit for him. León still does not have a base hit in the Dominican League.
Charlie Valerio (C, Leones del Escogido) – 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 SO – Valerio was called from the bench to take over for starting catcher Julio E. Rodriguez in the fourth inning. He made the most of his day as he helped drive in a run to extend the lead on a RBI-groundout in the fifth inning.
Alexi Ogando (RP, Toros del Este) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – The veteran gave Toros del Este a scoreless eighth inning. It was something the team needed after surrendering three runs in the seventh frame.
Melky Cabrera (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 1-4 – The veteran squandered several scoring opportunities early in the game. He did do his part in keeping Aguilas Cibaenas alive in the ninth inning as he singled with two outs in an attempt to jumpstart a rally. Unfortunately his efforts fell short.
Robel García (2B, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 0-4, 1 SO – The second baseman had a chance to make something happen in the ninth as he stepped up with men on first and second with two outs. García ended up flying out to left field to end the game.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (SS, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 0-3, 1 R – Chavez didn’t reach base until the eighth inning when he got hit by a pitch. He ended up scoring the go-ahead run on Michael Wing’s two-run homer later that frame.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO – Choice slugged a two-run homer in the third inning to cap off a four-run frame. He was subbed out in the eighth inning for a defensive replacement.