Sometimes you do everything you can and the player on the other side is just too good. You just have to shake your head and move on.
Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 8, Gigantes del Cibao 6 (11 innings)
Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras won this one for Cibaenas with a go-ahead 2-run homer in the 11th but four different Rays appeared in the game, two for each side. Omar Luna had a breakout game for the Aguilas, going 3 for 6 with a run scored. The 3 hits were his first hits in 4 games, so nice to see him break out of that funk. Tim Corcoran started for Cibaenas and didn’t pitch so well, going 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, striking out 3 while walking 1, but he actually had a 12-5 groundball to flyball ratio and got extremely unlucky that so many of the groundballs he allowed went for hits. Rhyne Hughes went 1 for 5 with a double and a run scored for Cibao while Jhonny Nunez managed to work around 2 hits to toss a scoreless inning of relief for the Gigantes.
Tigres del Licey 5, Leones del Escogido 4
This game would have been something to behold. Enny Romero came in for the 9th for Escogido in a 4-4 game and got a strikeout and groundout to begin the inning before Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar ended the game with a walk-off solo homer to left to give Licey a 5-4 win. You win some, you lose some Enny- and it had to be awfully tough for Romero to come into a tie game in the 9th inning after he started 23 of his 25 appearances in the 2012 minor league season. Profar’s homer gave the win in the game to Jesus Colome, who recorded the final out of the top pof the 9th for Licey. Willy Aybar also went 1 for 4 with a run scored for Escogido while Juan Miranda went 0 for 3 with a sac fly for Licey.
Mexican Pacific League: Yaquis de Obregon 3, Mayos de Navojoa 2 (13 innings)
More late-inning heroics in this one as ex-big leaguer Doug Clark slammed a walk-off blast or Obregon in the 13th. Wes Bankston went 0 for 4 for Navojoa but walked twice and now has a 13-14 strikeout to walk ratio on the season, impressive for anyone but especially for a player who has been hitting for nice power.
Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 10, Bravos de Margarita 3
This one was actually another close game until Zulia pulled away with 5 runs in the top of the 9th. Sean Burroughs went 3 for 4 with a double and a run sored for Margarita while Ryan Reid, who left the Rays organization to sign with the Pirates as a minor league free agent, tossed a perfect 9th with 2 strikeouts and groundout for Zulia. Both Burroughs and Reid are really playing well, with Burroughs hitting .343 in 76 at-bats on the VWL season and Reid posting a 2.08 ERA and a 9-1 strikeout to walk ratio in 9 appearances.
Leones del Caracas 5, Navegantes de Magallanes 4
Caracas came back from a 4-0 deficit to stun the first place Navegatnes, with Nationals prospect Carlos Rivero getting the comeback started with a huge 3-run home run. Henry Wrigley went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored for Caracas while for Magallanes, Leslie Anderson went 1 for 4 with an RBI, Erold Andrus went 1 for 4 with a triple, and Chris Nowak went 0 for 3 with a walk.