It was a quiet night for current and former Rays players, as the five players players that were in action combined for a total of three hits. Meanwhile, Caracas announced that Henry Wrigley is battling a stomach ailment, and will hopefully be back soon.
Dominican Winter League: Gigantes del Cibao 1, Aguilas Cibaenas 0 (10 innings)
There is nothing quite like an old fashioned pitchers duel, particularly when the game is scoreless heading into extra innings. That was the case with the Gigantes v. Aguilas game last night, as neither team managed to score a run through nine innings. After Aguilas put the first two runners on in the top of the tenth inning, Rhiner Cruz managed to get a double play ball as he escaped the inning unscathed. Gigantes took immediate advantage, as Carlos Peguero doubled to lead off the inning, and moved to third on a groundout. Following two intentional walks to load the bases, Robinzon Diaz poked a base hit through the hole to right, scoring the games only run in the Gigantes victory.
Former Rays prospect Omar Luna was 0-4 with a strikeout in the game, while Ryhne Hughes was also 0-4.
Leones del Escogido 3, Tigres del Licey 1
Former Baltimore Oriole Daniel Cabrera continued his impressive Winter League season, pitching six innings of four hit ball in the 3-1 victory. After Escogido scored in the top of the fourth, Licey tied the game as Juan Francisco doubled home Hanley Ramirez for the only blemish against Cabrera. Escogido took the lead in the top of the sixth, as Abraham Almonte reached on an infield single, and scored on a one out single by Mauro Gomez. The Leones tacked on another run the following inning on an RBI single by former Ray Julio Lugo , providing the final margin in the 3-1 victory. Lugo finished the game 1-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
Mexican Pacific League: Mayos de Navojoa 3, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 1
Hermosillo jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, as they put runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the first, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly. That run held up until the top of the seventh, when Kraig Binick essentially manufactured a run by himself. After his one out single, he stole second, moved up to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a two out error by shortstop Luis Borges. Navojoa took the lead in the following inning, as Binick had a two run single with two out to bring home the winning runs. Former Rays prospect Wes Bankston was 1-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
Venezuelan Winter League: Caribes de Anzoategui 8, Leones del Caracas 2
Henry Wrigley missed yet another game for Caracas, and they could have used his bat in this matchup, as they were defeated by Anzoategui 8-2. Eight of the nine batters for Anzoategui had hits, with Niuman Romero and Luis Nunez each hitting home runs. According to the Leones del Caracas twitter feed, Wrigley is battling a stomach ailment, and is merely resting at this point. Hopefully, he will be back soon, as he is sixth in the league in batting average, and tied for third in home runs.
Cardenales de Lara 5, Navegantes del Magallanes 2
In a sloppy game where each team made three errors, Lara used a three run eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie, en route to a 5-2 victory. Lara scored all three runs with two outs, as Alcies Escobar’s RBI single broke the tie. Paulo Orlando followed with a single, and another run scored on an error by Ezequiel Carrera, his second of the game. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Escobar scored the third run of the frame on a wild pitch from Jean Machi.
Chris Nowak as 1-3 with 2 walks for Magallanes in the loss. Machi pitched one third of an inning, allowing both inherited runners to score, while giving up 2 hits and a run of his own.