Sometimes, a player just finds themselves in the midst of a hot streak where the hits keep rolling in. For Jon Weber, he is in the midst of one of those streaks, as he continued his excellent season for Mexicali.
Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 3, Toros del Este 0
Heading into the top of the seventh inning, this game was a classic pitcher’s duel, as both teams were scoreless. Then Manny Ramirez stepped to the plate, and blasted a leadoff home run in the top of the inning for what would later prove to be the game winning run in Cibaenas’ 3-0 victory. Ramirez went 1-4 for the second straight playoff game, but he made his one hit count. Hector Luna was 0-4 with a strikeout. Joel Peralta picked up the save with a perfect ninth, striking out a batter, as his performance may prove that his struggles over his last few outings were just a minor bump in the road.
Mexican Pacific League: Naranjeros de Hermosillo 5, Venados de Mazatlan2
Jorge Cantu and Humberto Cota both posted identical lines in the victory for Hermosillo, as they both were 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. In fact, for the season, both are within .001 of each other’s batting average, as Cantu is hitting .242 and Cota is at .241. Cota also stole a base in the fifth, leading directly to the first run of the game.
Aguilas de Mexicali 4, Algodoneros de Guasave 1
Jon Weber continued his latest hot streak last night. Even though he was only 1-4, his third inning double extended his present hitting streak to seven games. Over that span, Weber is batting .379 with two home runs and seven RBIs. He also scored a run and struck out last night.
Mayos de Navojoa 8, Yaquis de Obregon 7 (10 innings)
Despite outhitting Obregon by a 14 to 6 margin, it took extra innings for Navojoa to emerge with the 8-7 victory last night. Doug Clark tied the game for Obregon in the top of the ninth, but Abel Martinez had a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth to give Navoajoa the win. Wes Bankston went 2-4 with a double, a run scored, and two strikeouts. He also reached by getting hit by a pitch.
Roberto Clemente Professional League (Puerto Rico): Indios de Mayaguez 8, Gigantes de Carolina 7 (10 innings)
Carolina led this game 7-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but were doomed by a bullpen implosion. Garrett Parcell came in for the eighth, and was thoroughly ineffective, giving up two hits and a walk in .1 innings of work. With one run already in, J.C. Romero was summoned to try to escape the jam. While he did give up two more runs, bringing Parcell’s total to three earned with one out recorded, Romero did manage to hold onto the lead. Then he was brought out for the ninth, and surrenderd a game tying home run to Adonis Garcia. While this would have seemed to be a good time to take Romero out, he remained in the game through the tenth, where Mayaguez completed the comeback on a one out single by Eddie Rosario. Jesus Feliciano did his part to try to get Carolina a win, going 3-6 with a triple and an RBI while splitting his time between center and right.
Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 12, Leones del Caracas 2
Until recently, Victor Zambrano had done a solid job in Caracas’ bullpen. However, over his last four outings spanning four innings, he had allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits and four walks. His struggles continued again last night, as he gave up an eighth inning grand slam to Ernesto Mejia. Only two of those runs were charged to Zambrano, as he gave up the two runs on a hit and a walk over .2 innings of work.
Navegantes del Magallanes 10, Bravos de Margarita 1
Chris Nowak has been on a nice run as of late, with four multi-hit performances in his last eight games. He continued that streak last night, going 3-4 with a run scored, a walk, and a double in Magallanes 10-1 rout of Margarita. Nowak’s recent run has him at a .316 batting average on the season.