Sometimes it’s awfully hard to Game 7 to live up to its billing. For the victorious team, though, it’s a nice reprieve as they get a moment to enjoy a hard-fought series before getting ready for the next round.
Dominican Winter League Postseason: Aguilas Cibaenas 12, Leones de Escogido 6
Wouldn’t know it from the score, but this game was actually tied at 6 after 7 innings before the Aguilas got 1 run in the 8th and 5 more in the 9th. Escogidio took a 1-0 lead in the 1st on a Samuel Deduno wild pitch, but Cibaenas responded by scoring the next 6 runs, including a pair of RBIs by Hector Luna. However, an error and a sac fly made it a 6-3 game in the 5th before Escogido tied it in the 7th on a Jordany Valdespin RBI single and a Mauro Gomez 2-run triple. But that was the last highlight for Escogido. An error on a bunt attempt scored the go-ahead run for Cibaenas in the 8th, and then the Aguilas pulled away in the 9th, loading the bases before scoring runs in 5 different ways: on an error, on a hit-by-pitch, on a single, on a walk, and on a groundout. Overall, it was a big game for Cibaenas, and several ex-Rays played big roles. Hector Luna went 2 for 5 with a double, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored, Manny Ramirez went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI, Omar Luna went 1 for 4 but had a walk, an RBI, and a run scored, and for Escogido, Julio Lugo went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Believe it or not, Joel Peralta actually recorded a save for this one for the Aguilas, going 1.2 perfect innings, the first 0.2 with all the marbles in the air and the last 1 with the biggest lead he’s worked with in a very long time.
Mexican Pacific League Playoffs: Aguilas de Mexicali 7, Venados de Mazatlan 0
Jon Weber was just too good to not figure it out eventually. Weber was able to finish a series of frustration with a pair of quality games, going 2 for 4 in this one as Mexicali found their way to an easy win versus Mazatlan in Game 7 of the first round of the MPL playoffs. Weber wound up hitting just .143 in the series, but his confidence is back and whoever’s up against Mexicali in the MPL Championship Series is going to have to watch out. Ex-big leaguer Jorge Campillo started and was great for Mexicali, allowing no runs on 5 hits in 5 innings, striking out 3 while walking none, and Mexicali would strike out 7 in the game without walking a batter. The other ex-Ray in the Mexicali lineup, Wes Bankston, went 1 for 3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored to cap off a nice series for the Aguilas, while Henry Mateo went 1 for 4 with a stolen base for Mazatlan, finishing with an even .400 batting average for the series.