Wow! A non-Jon Weber headline! Why? Because the Aguilas de Mexicali gave him a day off. Instead, we’ll talk about different Aguilas, the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, that won their third straight game in the 18-game Dominican Winter League playoff season.
Dominican Winter League Postseason: Aguilas Cibaenas 4, Estrellas de Oriente 3 (11 innings)
This is the DWL playoffs, and this game sure lived up to the billing as the Aguilas tied the game with 2 outs in the 9th before winning in the 11th. Manny Ramirez, batting cleanup for Cibaenas, had a huge game, going 3 for 4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, and Joel Peralta nailed down the save in the 11th with a perfect frame, striking out 2. The Aguilas improved to 3-1 in the Dominican Winter League playoffs, with the two teams with the best records advancing to the DWL Championship Series.
Mexican Pacific League: Yaquis de Obregon 12, Mayos de Navojoa 0
This game wasn’t close, but a quintet of ex-Rays did see action. Juan Miranda and Iker Franco both went 1 for 4 for the victorious Yaquis, with Miranda smacking a double, while Wes Bankston went 1 for 3 and Hernando Arredondo went 1 for 2 with a double. On the pitching side, Jesus Colome has joined his ex-DWL teammate Miranda with the Yaquis, and he had a perfect debut with Obregon, getting two groundouts in a spotless frame.
Venados de Mazatlan 12, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 1
Another blowout in this one, with an ex-Ray appearing for each team. Jorge Cantu went 2 for 4 with a triple for Hermosillo while Henry Mateo went 1 for 5 for Mazatlan. Cantu has cooled off, but he’s starting to get it back together with 2 straight multi-hit games.
Venezuelan Winter League: Leones de Caracas 10, Bravos de Margarita 8
Daniel Mayora got inconsistent playing time for Caracas while his ex-Durham Bulls teammate Henry Wrigley was starring for them. With Wrigley back in the States, Mayora has gotten his opportunity and is taking advantage. In this game, Mayora went just 1 for 4 but made the 1 count, drilling a grand slam. The contribution of ex-Rays in this game was only 1 run as Victor Zambrano went 1.1 innings for Caracas allowing 3 runs on 4 hits as Margarita nearly came back from a 10-1 deficit after 6 innings.
Caribes de Anzoategui 10, Navegantes de Magallanes 5
I am completely confused. Erold Andrus and Chris Nowak hadn’t appeared in games for Magallanes in weeks and suddenly they’re back. What is going on? In any event, Andrus went 0 for 4 in his first start since December 5th, Nowak did a little better, going 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored, in his second start since December 3rd, and Jean Machi, who has appeared a little more regularly, worked around 2 hits in a scoreless 9th. Nowak also happens to be a dead-ringer for Jeff Keppinger.