It can’t be a great feeling when you’re on the bench for a game and your replacement proceeds to lead the team to a blowout victory. Omar Luna got to experience that on Sunday.
Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 14, Tigres del Licey 1
This game was over early as Cibaenas struck for 7 runs in the top of the first inning. Manny Ramirez had a great game for the Aguilas, going 3 for 4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Ramirez actually one of just Agulas to have a multi-hit game. The other one was second baseman Rafael Ynoa, who subbed in for Omar Luna and had a huge game, going 3 for 5 with a grand slam in the first inning. After a game like this, will Luna ever get his lineup spot back?
Leones de Escogido 9, Toros del Este 4
Willy Aybar, starting for just the second time since November 23rd, finally got his first hits since November 20th, going 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored for Escogido. The double was his first of the DWL season. Aybar is 7 for 35 so far in the DWL, although he does have a good 3-3 strikeout to walk ratio.
Mexican Pacific League: Yaquis de Obregon 4, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 3 (11 innings)
Jorge Cantu continued his power tear in this one with a first inning 2-run homer in a losing effort for Hermosillo. Cantu has homered in 3 straight games and 4 times in his last 5 games. In those five games, Cantu is 7 for 20 (.350) with 4 homers and 12 RBI. Wow. Cantu has not torn apart the MPL by any stretch, hitting just .242 on the year, but he’s showing now that he can still do it and we’ll have to see if he’ll ever make it back to the big leagues for any extended stretch after spending 2012 at the Angel’s Triple-A affiliate.
Venezuelan Winter League: Tiburones de La Guaira 8, Caribes de Anzoategui 2
Cesar Suarez has been in a slump for La Guaira but had a nice game out of the 2-hole in this one, going 3 for 5 with a double, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored. He has a nice .302/.337/.467 line so far in the VWL.
Navegantes de Magallanes 3, Tigres de Aragua 0
A trio of former Rays had multi-hit games in this one. Leslie Anderson (who is also not yet a former Ray) was not among them, going 0 for 4 in the game, but Chris Nowak went 2 for 4 with a double and Erold Andrus went 2 for 3 with an RBI for Magallanes and Joey Gathright (remember him?) went 2 for 3 for Aragua, actually getting gunned down at home plate by Anderson. Nowak has been moved into the Navegantes’ 3-hole as he has been unbelievable of late, posting a .379/.500/.621 line in his last 10 games with a double, 2 homers, 4 RBI, and 6 walks against just 2 strikeouts to raise his overall line on the VWL season to an outstanding .309/.437/.518.
Leones del Caracas 5, Aguilas del Zulia 4
Henry Wrigley is officially in a slump as his 0 for 4 in this one made him 8 for 35 (.223) in his last 10 games with 12 strikeouts versus just 2 walks. 5 of his 8 hits have gone for extra bases, including a homer, so he very well could be selling out too much for power. The story in this game was the Mariners’ Franklin Gutierrez playing for Caracas, going 3 for 4 with a double, 2 stolen bases, and a run scored. One of the stolen basess was a steal of home as part of a double steal in the 5th inning.