Arizona Fall League: Phoenix Desert Dogs 5, Salt River Rafters 2
Just a couple Rays appearing in this one for Phoenix: Hak-Ju Lee, who went 1 for 5, and Kirby Yates, who earned his first save of the AFL season as he worked around a hit and a walk in the 9th with a strikeout. Ex-Rays prospect Tyler Bortnick started for Salt River and went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and a run scored. The big heroes in the game were Marlins prospect Kyle Jensen, who went 3 for 3 with a walk and a double short of the cycle and 2 RBI- Brewers prospect Josh Prince went 3 for 3 with 2 walks and the double that Jensen was missing.
Dominican Winter League: Tigres de Licey 3, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
Seeing Omar Luna struggling, the Cibaenas pulled a Joe Maddon and decided to push Luna up to the leadoff spot to break out of his slump. The move worked perfectly, but unfortunately for the Aguilas, they were unable to come away with a win in the game. Luna went 2 for 5 with 2 doubles, a stolen base, and a run scored starting at second base for Cibaenas, but got little support from his teammates as they were 5-hit. Juan Miranda, who saw time in the Rays system in 2012, went 0 for 2 for Licey while ex-Rays reliever Jesus Colome blew the save in the 9th for Licey on an unearned run despite allowing just 1 hit in 1.2 innings, striking out 1 and posting a 4-1 groundout to flyout ratio. Rangers prospect Leonys Martin homered for Licey while the Braves’ Juan Francisco had a walk-off single.
Venezuelan Winter League: Cardelanes de Lara 2, Bravos de Margarita 2 (Suspended Mid 9th)
Awful time for this game to be suspended- right after the top of the 9th in a 2-2 game after Lara rallied for 2 in the 8th. Ex-Rays infielder Sean Burroughs went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk for Margarita, but it was a trio of his teammates that stole the show: ex-big leaguer Boof Bonser, who went 6 shutout innings allowing just 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5, ex-Nationals prospect Frank Diaz, who went 3 for 3 with a walk, and Mets prospect Wilmer Flores, who slammed a solo home run.
Leones de Caracas 8, Navegantes de Magallanes 5
Always fun to see current Rays take on ex-Rays, and the current Ray, Henry Wrigley, saw his team come out ahead and was a big reason they did so. Wrigley had a huge game, going 2 for 4 with 2 homers and 3 RBI, raising his batting average in the VWL to a great .308. His teammate and ex-Rays prospect Daniel Mayora also homered and drove in 3, and you have to give credit to Caracas starter Victor Garate, briefly a big leaguer with the Nationals, who went 6 innings of 1-run, 2-hit ball, striking out 4 while walking 2. For Magallanes, ex-big leaguer Eliezer Alfonzo slammed 2 home runs and Carlos Maldonado, who saw time with the Nats this season, homered as well, and for the ex-Rays, Chris Nowak went 2 for 4 with a run scored while Erold Andrus went 0 for 3 with a hit-by-pitch.