Hector Luna had a hit in each of his last three games before heading into action on Friday. Yesterday, he doubled that total in one game, as the Estrellas were unable to keep him off base.
Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 5, Estrellas de Oriente 2
Former Rays helped provide offense for Cibaenas in their 5-2 victory. Hector Luna got on base every time he came up, going 3-3 with two walks. Manny Ramirez powered a two run home run in the third, plating Luna with one of those runs to put Cibaenas ahead 4-1. Luna then doubled to lead off the seventh inning, and came around to score the final run of the game after Oriente had cut into the lead the inning before. Ramirez, who is trying to resurrect his career, was 1-4 with a walk and the two run blast.
Leones del Escogido 8, Gigantes del Cibao 5
Willy Aybar may have only had one at bat in the game, but he made it count. Brought in as a pinch hitter with runners on first and second with one out in the seventh, he produced an RBI single to put Escogido ahead 7-4, providing a valuable insurance run. Aybar’s night ended after the at bat, as he was lifted for a pinch runner. Julio Lugo also had a good night with the bat, going 2-4 with an RBI double. He was, however, gunned out at third attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.
Tigres del Licey 12, Toros del Este 3
This was actually a relatively close game heading into the top of the seventh, with Licey leading 4-1 after six. However, Este pitchers Jeffry Antigua and Fernando Abad were hammered, giving up a combined five earned runs without recording a single out in the seventh, as Licey would end up batting around in the seventh. Juan Miranda struck out in the frame, but still ended the night 2-3 with a walk, a double, and an RBI.
Tomateros de Culiacan 3, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2
Jorge Cantu had missed the last couple of games for Hermosillo with a viral infection, but was back in the lineup Friday. However, he probably could have used another day off, as he went 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts in the loss. Despite his showing yesterday, Cantu has been on a tear as of late, with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 10 games, as he has brought his batting average up to .245.
Mayos de Navojoa 5, Caneros de los Mochis 4
Mochis found themselves two outs away from victory, then Navojoa came storming back with three runs in the top of the ninth against closer Heriberto Ruelas in their comeback 5-4 victory. Abel Martinez got the game winning hit, a two run single to center to give Mavojoa their first lead of the game. Wes Bankston did get a hit and an RBI in the victory, but finished only 1-5 with two strikeouts.
Aguilas de Mexicali 7, Yaquis de Obregon 0
This game proved to be more of the same for the former Rays involved. Jon Weber continued to hit, as he went 3-4 with 2 RBI before being lifted for a pinch runner. Weber is currently in the midst of a seven game hitting streak, and has five multi-hit games in that span. Overall, he is batting .448 (13-29) during that span. Iker Franco, playing for Obregon, continued to draw walks at an impressive rate, as he finished the day 0-1, but with two more walks.