You know deep down that you’re not that player. You’ve never hit well enough to bat third in any lineup, let alone for a playoff team. You’ve been a second and third baseman your entire life and you know that when they send you out to the outfield, the best you can do is fake it. However, sometimes when players are placed into impossible situations with everything on the line, everything somehow works out, and that’s exactly what happened for Cesar Suarez on Saturday night.
Mexican Pacific League Playoffs: Algodoneros de Guasave 8, Aguilas de Mexicali 1
This was not the way that Mexicali wanted to start off the second round of the MPL Playoffs as Guasave, fresh off a sweep of Jorge Cantu‘s Hermosillo squad, continued its roll versus the Aguilas. This game was over quickly as Mexicali starter Sergio Valenzuela couldn’t get out of the second inning, allowing 5 runs in just 1.1 IP. One of the few things Mexicali could be happy was that Jon Weber and Wes Bankston both had good games after inconsistency throughout the Aguilas’ series versus Mazatlan. Weber went 1 for 3 with a walk and Mexicali’s only RBI while Bankston also went 1 for 3 with a walk.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico) Postseason: Cangrejeros de Santurce 5, Gigantes de Carolina 1
Little went right for Carolina in this one as they suffered through a lifeless 5-1 loss to Santurce. Carolina starter Gaby Hernandez, a former top prospect for the Mets and Marlins, did not pitch effectively, allowing 4 runs in 5.2 innings, and the Gigantes went just 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position in the game. Leslie Anderson went 1 for 4, although he did double for Carolina’s only extra-base hit, and among the other ex-Rays, Jesus Feliciano went 0 for 3 with a walk for the Gigantes while Jose Ruiz went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored for Santurce.
Venezuelan Winter League Playoffs: Caribes de Anzoategui 5, Cardelanes de Lara 2
This game was not quite a blowout- but you knew pretty quickly the way it was going to turn out when Cesar Suarez set the tone in the first inning, drilling a 2-out solo home run off of Ken Ray (a former big leaguer for the Royals and Braves, but alas, not a former Ray). Suarez would have a great game, going 2 for 3 with the homer, a walk, and 2 runs scored, and his teammates would do the rest as the Caribes won 5-2. Anzoategui starter Andrew Baldwin, who was once traded for Jamie Moyer, tossed 5 shutout innings while Luis Nunez, a former Yankees prospect who spent 2012 in the Dodgers organization, went 3 for 3 with a homer, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Romulo Sanchez, who spent 2012 at the Rays’ Triple-A Durham affiliate, allowed a run in 1.2 innings in the loss for Lara.