When you have another player on the team with the same last name as you, it makes it harder to distinguish yourself. But when both of you are playing well, no one’s complaining.
Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 10, Tigres del Licey 4
The Tigres were in a state of lunacy on Thursday as Hector Luna and Omar Luna had big games for the Aguilas. Hector went 2 for 4 with a triple and a home run while the ex-Rays prospect Omar went 1 for 5 but drove in 2 and scored a run. Hector has signed with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan this offseason while Omar remains a free agent. In this game, the Tigres led 4-3 after 5 innings before completely falling apart. Angel Castro tossed 5 shutout relief innings to keep Cibaenas in the game and then the Aguilas got 3 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 8th to make the game a laugher by the end. Former Yankee Erick Almonte didn’t enter the game for the Aguilas until the 6th inning but went 2 for 2 with a double, 3 RBI, and a run scored. Manny Ramirez also went 1 for 4 with a run scored for Cibaenas while Hanley Ramirez homered to drive in 3 of the 4 Licey runs.
Mexican Pacific League: Mayos de Navojoa 6, Venados de Mazatlan 5
Wes Bankston had a solid game for the Mayos, going 1 for 4 with an RBI, lowering his batting average on the season to .299 but giving him 20 RBI in 32 MPL games and 7 in his last 10 games despite just a .216 average. On the year, Bankston has a .299/.372/.479 line for Navojoa with 3 doubles, 6 homers, and 16 walks against 15 strikeouts.
Venezuelan Winter League: Caribes de Anzoategui 8, Leones del Caracas 1
Henry Wrigley was mysteriously absent for the second straight game for Caracas. Hope he’s OK. Victor Zambrano did have a nice relief inning for the Leones in one of their few highlights in this one, working around a hit with a strikeout and 2 groundouts.
Aguilas del Zulia 8, Navegantes de Magallanes 6 (13 innings)
The Phillies’ Freddy Galvis slammed a go-ahead 2-run shot in the 13th off ex-big leaguer Juan Rincon to give the Aguilas the win in this one, but the bizarre thing is what happened with the Rays-related players for Magallanes. All three, Leslie Anderson, Erold Andrus, and Chris Nowak batted in the nine hole for the Navegantes, with Anderson and Andrus both pinch-hitting unsuccessfully before Nowak entered as a defensive replacement for Andrus and later singled and walked as the game just kept going. All three have been playing well- Anderson is hitting .333, Andrus .316, and Nowak .293- but they’ve all been on the bench for consecutive games. Ex-Rays prospect Jean Machi did get into the game for Magallanes as a reliever and worked 1.2 innings of 1-hit ball, striking out 1 and getting 3 of his other 4 outs on the ground. Since allowing 4 runs across his first 2.1 VWL innings, Machi has allowed just 1 hit in his last 3 appearances spanning 4.2 innings, striking out 3 while walking none.