There’s nothing better than coming up huge in the Postseason. Not too often under normal circumstances does a player join a new team for the playoffs, but Juan Miranda did just that and certainly endeared himself to his teammates on Thursday night.
Dominican Winter League Postseason: Aguilas Cibaenas 5, Leones de Escogido 2
The three ex-Rays in this game, Hector Luna and Manny Ramirez for Cibaenas and Willy Aybar for Escogido, went a combined 0 for 11. Ramirez, though, did walk twice while Luna walked once. Luna is hitting just .042 in 6 games so far in the 18-game DWL postseason. On the pitching side, Joel Peralta nailed down the save for Cibaenas, working around a hit in 0.2 scoreless innings.
Mexican Pacific League Playoffs: Tomateros de Culiacan 2, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 1 (10 innings)
Jorge Cantu finally broke out after a tough end to the regular season, going 2 for 4 with a double, and Humberto Cota went 0 for 3 but did draw a walk, but the Naranjeros went just 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 men on base and have to be kicking themselves for this loss. Ex-big leaguer Garrett Mock struck out 7 in 5.1 innings for Hermosillo but could not get a win out of it and neither could his team.
Aguilas de Mexicali 7, Venados de Mazatlan 1
The Aguilas came away with an easy win, and that was without getting much production from their 3 and 4 hole hitters. Jon Weber remains hitless over the Postseason’s first two games as he went 0 for 4, although he did finally reach base via a wal, and Wes Bankston went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI. The Aguilas are hoping to get both of them going and if they do they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the MPL playoffs.
Yaquis de Obregon 5, Algodoneros de Guasave 2 (11 innings)
Juan Miranda was having a bad day, going just 0 for 4. But his team immediately needed that to change as he stepped up to the plate in the 11th with the go-ahead run on 3rd base. And this time around, Miranda delivered, lining a single to center to give Obregon a 3-2 lead. They would score 2 more runs before the inning was through and win the game 5-2. Also appearing for the Yaquis was Iker Franco, who went just 0 for 2 but did walk 3 times and score a run, and Jesus Colome, who tossed a perfect inning.