July 26, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Julio Lugo (right) celebrates after tagging out Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) in the game at Turner Field. The Braves beat the Pirates 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Undercards: Julio Lugo’s 5 Hits Overcome Manny Ramirez’s 2 RBI as Escogido Edges Cibaenas


Even washed-up former big leaguers can flash brilliance for one more game.

Dominican Winter League: Leones de Escogido 8, Aguilas Cibaenas 7

It’s been 16 months since Julio Lugo played in the big leagues and more than three years since he was anything of note. But for one game, he looked as good as ever. Lugo had a huge game, going 5 for 5 with a triple and 3 RBI. Lugo’s first 4 hits helped Escogido build a 7-0 lead only to watch Cibaenas rally for 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th to tie it up, including a 2-run single by Manny Ramirez. But in the 9th, Lugo singled again, was pinch-ran for by Freddy Guzman, and Guzman scored on an RBI single by Fernando Tatis to give Escogido an 8-7 win. Lugo, 37, is hitting .272 in 26 DWL games.

Mexican Pacific League: Venados de Mazatlan 10,  Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2

Humberto Cota doesn’t get to play too often for Hermosillo- but when he does, he racks up some hits, like he did in this one when he went 2 for 4. Jorge Cantu went 0 for 3 for the Naranjeros. Cota has played just 10 times in last 19 days despite sporting a .421 OBP during that stretch.

Venezuelan Winter League: Tiburones de La Guaira 7, Leones del Caracas 4

Henry Wrigley homered for Caracas in this one, but his flaws seem to resonate more than his strengths. Wrigley slammed a solo homer in this one, but he also went just 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts and now has a 44-12 strikeout to walk ratio on the season, which won’t cut it at any level. Wrigley is hitting .299 on the VWL season, but his lack of patience has made his average keep slipping. Wrigley has 4 extra-base hits, including 2 homers, and 8 RBI in his last 10 games, but he’s also hitting just .222 with a .256 OBP. Cesar Suarez also went 1 for 4 for La Guaira in this game.

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