Nice to pitch knowing you have an ex-teammate behind you ready to do everything he can to seal your wins and save you from loses.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico): Game 1: Congrejeros de Santurce 4, Gigantes de Carolina 3
Game 2: Gigantes de Carolina 6, Congrejeros de Santurce 2
Felipe Lopez‘s Santurce squad and the Gigantes of Scott Kazmir and Jesus Feliciano split their doubleheader on Thursday. Feliciano went 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the opener before going 1 for 4 with a run scored in the nightcap while Lopez is finally starting to hit his stride, going 1 for 3 with a run scored in both ends of the doubleheader, driving in a run in the second game. Lopez has hit in 6 straight games and is 7 for 18 (.389) over that stretch to raise his average to .244 on the season.
Venezuelan Winter League: Caribes de Anzoategui 16, Navegantes de Magallanes 3
Two Rays-related players started in this one for Magallanes but a third one that entered as a defensive replacement was actually the first Rays player to get a hit in the game. That wasn’t such a big thing, though. Chris Nowak went 0 for 2 with 3 walks for the Navegantes while Erold Andrus went 0 for 3 with 2 walks and a run scored. Who got the hit? The man who never walks, Leslie Anderson, who went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored in the game. Nowak has now walked 19 times against 18 strikeouts in the VWL.
Leones de Caracas 4, Tiburones de La Guaira 3
Henry Wrigley returned to the lineup for Caracas and wasn’t terrible, going 1 for 4 with a run scored. The hero in this game, though, was another ex-Rays prospect, Daniel Mayora, who slammed a 3-run homer in the 4th inning as part of a 2 for 3 day. Mayora has been starting very sparingly of late for Caracas despite playing well, posting a .276/.394/.408 line in 90 plate appearances on the season. Cesar Suarez also went 0 for 4 for La Guaira.
Aguilas del Zulia 3, Cardelanes de Lara 2 (10 innings)
After a trio of starts that made it look like his comeback attempts are futile, Alex Torres turned in his second straight solid outing on Thursday, following up a 5 innings performance where he struck out 6 while walking 1 by going 4.1 innings in this one allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 5 while walking 2. One of the walks was intentional although Torres also hit a batter. Torres remains a major wild card in the Rays system, but there’s still hope with him. Torres left in line for the loss after Mariners prospect Reonis Elias struck out 4 while walking 1 in 5 shutout frames for Lara, but the Aguilas rallied and Ryan Reid battled to finish off the game for Zulia, tossing 2 shutout innings working around a hit and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. The Aguilas won on a Humberto Quintero walk-off homer.
Bravos de Margarita 5, Tigres de Aragua 3
Joey Gathright is alive! Starting in centerfield and batting 9th for Aragua, he actually went 2 for 3 with a walk. Good for him. Ex-Rays infielder Sean Burroughs had been starring for Margarita but has since gone home, and on Twitter, he thanked the Bravos’ fans in Spanish for a great experience. However, on his way home from Venezuela, this happened.
Unfortunate to see that happen after he had such a great experience in Venezuela.