July 18, 2011; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Torres (56) throws a pitch during the game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Undercards: Alex Torres Enigmatic Again, Iker Franco Has Big Day

Alex Torres continues to drive us completely insane. One second he looks like he’s made a breakthrough and then suddenly everything comes apart for him again.

Mexican Pacific League: Yaquis de Obregon 6, Naranheros de Hermosillo 3

Iker Franco played a big part of Obregon’s win, going 3 for 3 with a homer, a walk, and 2 RBI. He’s been on fire of late, homering 3 times in his last 4 games. Jorge Cantu 1 for 4 with a double and Humberto Cota went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored for Hermosillo.

Mayos de Navojoa 8, Caneros de los Mochis 5

Wes Bankston went just 1 for 5 for Navojoa in this one, but he made the one count, lacing a 2-run double to cap off a 4-run rally that the Mayos the game. Bankston has really cooled off of late, hitting .200 in his last 10 games, but he stil has a 5-3 strikeout to walk ratio and driven in 6 runs.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico): Gigantes de Carolina 3, Leones de Ponce 1

Jesus Feliciano had a nice game for Carolina, going 2 for 3 with a run scored. He’s hitting .241 on the young RCPBL season but has impressively walked 4 times while not striking out a single time.

Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 9, Tiburones de La Guaira 7

Alex Torres looked to get back on track on this game after starting for Zulia, but everything came apart extremely quickly. Torres allowed just 1 hit in the first three innings before Royals catcher Salvador Perez homered to begin the 4th. Nevertheless, after 4 innings, Torres had allowed just 2 hits, striking out 5 while walking 2. But then Torres completely loss the zone with 1 out in the 5th, allowing a single and then 2 walks to end his outing. Adys Portillo did not do him any favors in relief, allowing a sac fly to ex-Rays prospect Cesar Suarez (fine), but then a 3-run homer to Perez. Torres ended up going 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 3 hits, striking out 5 while walking 4. If you want to be super-optimistic, we can view this like we viewed Matt Moore at times in the big leagues this season that Torres showed flashes before he had a tough time in the 5th, but the bottom line is that Torres simply cannot find the consistency he needs to succeed on any sort of regular basis and even though he has electric stuff and has spent the last two years at Triple-A, the Rays can’t count on him for anything. Torres is out of options this year and unless he finds himself soon and makes a run onto the Rays’ 25-man roster in 2013 in a bullpen role, they’ll be designating him for assignment. In other news in this game, Suarez homered later in the game for La Guaira.

Navegantes de Magallanes 5, Bravos de Margarita 1

Four Rays in this game, and the three for Magallanes beat the one for Margarita. Erold Andrus went 2 for 5, Chris Nowak, went 0 for 3 with a walk, and Jean Machi finally had a solid outing for the Navegantes, striking out 2 in a perfect frame after allowing at least one run in each of his previous three VWL appearances. Sean Burroughs went 1 for 3 for the Bravos.

Leones del Caracas 6, Caribes de Anzoategui 5

Henry Wrigley had a rare day off for Caracas, but Victor Zambrano gave us a reason to cover this game anyway (at least in brief), earning the win for the Leones with 2 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 1. Zambrano’s last major league win was in 2006 and his last minor league win was in 2010.

Tags: Alex Torres Iker Franco Jean Machi Tampa Bay Rays Victor Zambrano

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