The Winter Leagues ran the gamut, from pitching duels to an offensive showdown. Jorge Cantu produced what may have been his best game of the winter leagues, as he came close to the cycle.
Dominican Winter League: Estrellas de Oriente 6, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
Aguilas actually held a 2-0 lead through five innings in this matchup, on a bases loaded wild pitch and an error in the top of the second. However, in the bottom of the sixth, Oriente exploded for five runs, capped by a three run home run by Brad Synder, his first of the season. Oriente tacked on another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Junior Lake led off the frame with a home run, providing the final margin in the 6-2 victory. Manny Ramirez, playing for Cibaenas, was 1-5 in the cleanup spot.
Gigantes del Cibao 6, Leones del Escogido 0
Cibao plated two runs in the first, and never looked back in the 6-0 victory. After the first, Cibao tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth innings, before putting together a two run eighth as they cruised to the win. Escogido threatened in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with two outs. However, reliever Erick Abreu came in, and got Mauro Gomez to fly out to left to end the threat. Former Ray Julio Lugo was 0-3 with a walk for Escogido, while Rhyne Hughes was 1-2 with a double, a walk, and a run scored for Cibao.
Yaquis de Obregon 15, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 14
Those people that like pitching duels may want to just skip this game, as this game was nothing but pure offense. Only the sixth and the seventh innings passed without either team scoring a run, as five different players hit home runs, including Carlos Valencia hitting two home runs in a losing effort. Jorge Cantu had one of the home runs, as he was 3-6, finishing a triple short of the cycle, with three RBIs and a run scored. Former Ray Humberto Cota was the only player not to join in the offensive explosion, as he finished the night 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
Venezuelan Winter League: Tiburones de La Guaira 6, Navegantes del Magallanes 1
Scoreless through five innings, Magallanes actually took the lead in the top of the sixth, as Leslie Anderson drove in the first run of the game. However, La Guaira answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame, as Salvador Perez had a two run bases loaded double, and Javier Herrera followed with a two run bases loaded single with two outs in the inning. Herrera hit a two run home run in the eighth, providing the final margin of victory for La Guaira in the 6-1 defeat of Magallanes. Anderson finished 1-4 with the RBI in the losing effort. Chris Nowak and Erold Andrus were both hitless for Magallanes, finishing 0-4 and 0-3, respectively.
Leones del Caracas 2, Aguilas del Zulia 1
On the plus side, Henry Wrigley played the entire game, splitting his time between left field and first base. Unfortunately, Wrigley was 0-3 with a strikeout as Caracas defeated Zulia 2-1. Marwin Gonzalez produced the game winning RBI in the top of the eighth, as his two out base hit plated Hernan Perez for the winning run.