There was a lot of action in the Winter Leagues on Wednesday. With so much to unpack let’s get down to it. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Johnathan Rodriguez (RF, Atenienses de Manati) – 1-4, 1 SO – The right fielder got his team started off on the right foot as he led off the game with a single to right field. Unfortunately his leadoff hit did no damage as he was erased on an inning-ending double play.
Joab Gonzalez (SS, RA12) – 1-1, 1 BB – Gonzalez tried to spark something in the fourth inning when he led off with a single and reached second base on a throwing error. His teammates couldn’t bring him home though.
Angel Lopez Alvarez (DH, RA12) – 0-3, 3 SO – Just one day removed after enjoying a scorching debut in the Puerto Rican League Alvarez had a quiet game.
Jonathan Laureano (1B, RA12) – 1-3, 1 RBI – 1-3, 1 RBI – With his team trailing by a wide margin early on in the game Laureano did his part to try and narrow the gap. He cut the deficit to ten runs with a RBI-single to center field in the third inning.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Juan Apodaca (C, Tiburones de La Guaira) – 0-3, 1 SO – Apodaca was another player whom had an uneventful game after shining in his Winter League debut the day before.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara) – 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB – Rivero has been an on-base machine to start in the Winter League. Rivero is now hitting a sizzling .353 in the Venezuelan League.
Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – The southpaw came on to relieve starter Raul Rivero in the sixth inning. Gomez’ only mistake was giving up a one-out single to Jose Bricenco but other than that he supplied some quality relief work.
Elvis Araujo (SP, Aguilas de Zulia) – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R/2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO – Araujo started off strong but things went awry quickly in the third inning when he loaded the bases with no outs. Cardenales de Lara scored six runs on six hits and one walk and the lefty’s day was done as he got the hook with two outs in the third frame.
Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 0-5, 1 SO – Carrera is starting to cool off after enjoying a hot start to the Venezuelan League this offseason.
Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO – The righty entered the game in the sixth inning with runners at first and second and out out. It was a tight situation as Vizcaya issued a two-out walk to load the bases but got out of it by coming back to strike out Dennis Ortega. Bravos de Margarita threatened again in the seventh with a one-out triple by David Rodriguez but the right-hander worked around it without letting the run score.
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 0-5 – Monasterio got a day off on Tuesday but was right back in the lineup on Wednesday. It was a quiet return for him though.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SO – It didn’t seem like the pitchers wanted any part of Romero on Wednesday. With the way he’s swinging the bat right now it’s hard to blame them.
Alex Monsalve (C, Tigres de Aragua) – 1-2, 1 BB, 1 SO – Monsalve’s walk in the fifth inning led to a bases-loaded situation and Tigres Aragua took advantage and scored the tying run on a hit-by-pitch RBI by Alexi Amarista.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Sandy León (C, Tigres del Licey) – 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO – The veteran catcher delivered the knock-out punch for Tigres del Licey with a two-run blast to left field.
Gabriel Arias (RP, Tigres del Licey) – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – Arias came on to start the fourth inning. He immediately got into trouble by allowing a leadoff double and then a single. He got the next batter to fly out but was then removed. Lisalverto Bonilla came in to try and wiggle out the jam and succeeded at that just that.
Melky Cabrera (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 2-4, 1 SO – The veteran continues to remain locked-in at the plate. His single in the third inning helped keep the line moving to set up a three-run frame.
Robel García (2B, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SO – García continues to struggle to show consistency at the plate right now. He had a chance to tack on some more runs in the third inning but struck out.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Roman Pena (RP, Venados de Mazatlan) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – Pena delivered some much-needed length out of the bullpen in a game where Venados de Mazatlan fell into an seven-run deficit within the first three innings.
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (PH-SS, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 0-1 – Chavez was summoned to pinch-hit for Luis Roberto Verdugo with a runner on first and one out in the eighth inning but ended up flying out.
Brennan Bernardino (RP, Charros de Jalisco) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – The lefty got the call in the eighth inning. He faced just two batters and retired them both. Bernardino continues to be aces out of the bullpen.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB – Choice hasn’t hit for average but he certainly is hitting for power. He uncorked a three-run shot in the third inning to stake Aguilas de Mexicali to an early advantage.
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LPB)
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Caimanes de Barranquilla) – 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Ciriaco helped set up Caimanes de Barranquilla to an early lead as he drove home a run with a sac fly in the first inning.
Jhon Pelufo (RP, Vaqueros de Monteria) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – Pelufo delivered another strong inning of relief out of the bullpen. He did surrender one-out single in the eighth inning but didn’t allow that base hit to do any damage.
Daniel Aguilar (LF, Gigantes de Barranquilla) – 1-5, 3 SO – Aguilar led off the first inning with a bunt single. A double by David Lozano put Aguilar at third base with no one out but his teammates couldn’t bring him home.