How do they do it? It’s hard enough to survive a 162-game season and then to go to Winter Ball and keep playing. Joel Peralta has finally reached that point where he’s wearing down. 76 relief appearances for the Rays this year weren’t enough? Time to relax, Joel, and get ready for a big 2013 as a member of the Rays.
Dominican Winter League: Leones del Escogido 5, Gigantes del Cibao 2
Joel Peralta was unhittable for his first few DWL games, but he’s finally showing he’s human and it’s probably time for him to quit until pitchers and catchers report. Peralta had a tough outing for Cibao on Saturday, allowing a hit and 2 walks without recording an out, although he did allow just 1 run. Jhonny Nunez was strong in the 9th for the Gigantes, working around a hit with 2 strikeouts in a shutout frame. On the offensive side, Julio Lugo went 1 for 3 with a walk and Willy Aybar went 1 for 4 with an RBI for Escogido while Rhyne Hughes went 1 for 3 with an RBI for Cibao. Pirates prospect Kris Johnson had a huge game for Escogido, striking out 11 while walking none in 7 innings.
Mexican Pacific League: Venados de Mazatlan 7, Tomateros de Culiacan 6
A save is a save is a save, but Matt Buschmann made Mazatlan fans a little too nervous on Saturday night. A Mario Valdez pulled Culiacan within a run with 1 out in the 9th, and a hit and a walk brought the tying run into scoring position and the winning run at first base. But Buschmann struck out Cory Aldridge to get in as Mazatlan hung on to win 7-6. Buschmann went 1.1 innings for the save allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs. He did, however, record all his outs via the strikeout for a silver lining. Henry Mateo also went 1 for 4 for the Venados.
Aguilas de Mexicali 7, Mayos de Navojoa 3
Jon Weber continues to deliver big-time for Mexicali and he went 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a run scored in this one. He has a .371/.500/.486 line in his last 10 games, not hitting for much power as he has managed just 4 doubles and 2 RBI, but he has walked 10 times versus 7 strikeouts. On the season, he has a .312/.409/.439 line with 18 doubles, 2 homers, 25 RBI, and 41 strikeouts versus 34 walks in 60 games. Even though he’s about to turn 35, a big league team has to give him one last invite to spring training, right? On the other side, Wes Bankston went 0 for 3 with a sac fly for Navojoa. I’d love to see the stat for Navojoa’s record when he has a hit because he’s been a major part of their offense all season, and at 29 years old, an offer from a big league organization could be coming.
Venezuelan Winter League: Caribes de Anzoategui 3, Bravos de Margarita 1 (7 innings)
A few words of pity for lefty Neil Schenk, who came in for Margarita, got a groundball but watched it get booted for an error, and then left without recording an out. Better luck next time, Neil.