While there was plenty of action in the Winter Leagues, not much of it involved players with ties to the Tampa Bay Rays, outside of the Mexican Pacific League. However, those Rays that got chances elsewhere did make their presence felt, either for good or bad, last night.
Mexican Pacific League: Mayos de Navojoa 5, Yaquis de Obregon 4 (10 innings)
Obregon held a 4-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh when Navojoa tied the game with four runs in the frame. Wes Bankston collected his only hit of the night as he led off the inning with a double, and scored Navojoa’s first run. Rolando Acosta drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the tenth with a one out base hit to center. Iker Franco was hitless in the loss for Obregon, going 0-2. However, he did get on base twice, courtesy of two walks.
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 5, Venados de Mazatlan 4
This game was a back and forth affair before Hermosillo ended up winning in the bottom of the tenth. Jorge Cantu drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, only to see Mazatlan take the lead in the top of the second. After falling behind 3-1, Hermosillo plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a bases loaded two run single by pinch hitter Humberto Cota. Mazatlan tied the game again in the top of the seventh, but Carlos Gastelum led off the bottom of the tenth with a walk off home run for the win. Cantu was 0-3 in the game, but he did draw a walk and score a run. Cantu also stole a base, giving him three in his last four games.
Aguilas de Mexicali 13, Tomateros de Culiacan 6
Culiacan actually led after the first inning, and was tied after five before Mexicali broke the game open with a five run seventh. Every starter for Mexicali had at least one hit, with leadoff batter Chris Roberson leading the way with four hits in his six at bats. Jon Weber wsa 2-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico): Gigantes de Carolina 3, Atenienses de Manati 1
Jesus Feliciano batted leadoff for Carolina in this matchup, and made his presence felt. Feliciano scored the game’s first run, and drove in another as he was 2-4 with a double. Eddie Morlan continued his recent run of dominance, striking out two in his one inning of work. In his last 5.2 innings, Morlan has allowed only 2 hits and a walk, while striking out six batters.
Venezuelan Winter League: Tiburones de La Guaira 7, Tiburones de La Guaira 6
Cesar Suarez continued his hot hitting as of late, going 2-3 with a run scored, a HBP, and a walk for La Guaira. Over his last ten games, Suarez is batting .341 with six multi-hit games. Henry Wrigley was 1-3, and drew a walk. He did, however, strike out again, for the ninth consecutive game. Victor Zambrano picked up the loss, as he promptly gave up a grand slam to Salvador Perez upon entering the game. Zambrano gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, on a hit and a walk while striking out one batter.