No stopping Wes Bankston right now. (Credit: Flickr user What's Her Name)

The Undercards: Wes Bankston Notches 4 Hits as Mayos Roll Over Jorge Cantu’s Naranjeros


Always cool to see well-known ex-Rays going against each other. Sometimes, though, the results are pretty one-sided.

Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 2, Toros del Este 0

The Aguilas used 8 pitchers but saw them combine for a 5-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. Omar Luna went 1 for 4 for Cibaenas while Manny Ramirez went 0 for 3 with a walk. Ramirez is down to .200 in 7 DWL games after a hot start.

Gigantes del Cibao 5, Tigres del Licey 2

Rhyne Hughes had a nice game for Cibao going 2 for 5 with a run scored, and Nunez nailed down the save for the Gigantes working around a walk in the 9th. Nunez lowered his DWL ERA to a minuscule 0.52.

Mexican Pacific League: Yaquis de Obregon 4, Venados de Mazatlan 2

Iker Franco had a huge game for Obregon going 1 for 3 with a game-tying RBI single in the 5th inning and a go-ahead sac fly in the 6th as he was the difference in the game. Franco has been on fire of late, posting a .393/.455/.750 line with 3 homers and 8 RBI in his last 10 games.

Mayos de Navojoa 9, Narenjeros de Hermosillo 1

This game was actually very close until the Mayos pulled away with 7 runs in the top of the 9th. Wes Bankston has been in a funk of late but broke out in a game way in this one, going 4 for 5 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored to up his MPL average to .317. Jorge Cantu was not too shabby for Hermosillo, going 1 for 3 with a walk, but Bankston and the Mayos were too much.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico): Atenlenses de Manati 5, Gigantes de Carolina 4

Still waiting for Scott Kazmir to make up his start that was rained out the other night, but a couple of ex-Rays minor leaguers got into the game for Kazmir’s Carolina squad. Eddie Morlan had a perfect 5-0 groundout to flyout ratio in 2 shutout innings while Jesus Feliciano went 0 for 4.

Venezuelan Winter League: Bravos de Margarita 9, Leones del Caracas 4

Sean Burroughs had a nice game for the victorious Bravos, going 1 for 3 with a walk, 2 RBI, and a run scored, and Henry Wrigley returned to the lineup for Caracas after a stomach ailment and went 0 for 3 but actually drew a walk! Wrigley has a great .324/.375/.566 line this winter for Caracas but his 28-9 strikeout to walk ratio burns as many bridges as his 9 home runs build and Wrigley has to improve his patience to profile as a big league regular in Tampa Bay or anywhere.

Tiburones de La Guaira 17, Navegantes de Magallanes 16

This was not a good game for pitchers. The Navegantes actually rallied for 8 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 16-12 lead before La Guaira came back with 5 runs on their own for a walk-off win. Ex-Rays minor leaguer Ray Olmedo pinch-hit in the 9th for La Guaira and has a game-tying RBI single before scoring the winning run on a Brandon Short double. Cesar Suarez also appeared in the game for the Tiburones, going 1 for 5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. On the Magallanes side, La Guaira could not get Erold Andrus out as he went 3 for 3 with 2 walks, an RBI, and 3 runs scored, and Leslie Anderson singled in Andrus for 1 of his 3 runs on a pinch-hit RBI single in the 9th.

Tags: Henry Wrigley Iker Franco Ray Olmedo Rhyne Hughes Tampa Bay Rays Wes Bankston