After the dominant season that Fernando Rodney had last year, it would have made sense if he took the winter off. However, Rodney reported to Escogido in time for the playoff push, where he has performed more like the Rodney from 2007 through 2011. Hopefully, this is just a matter of shaking off the rust, and not a sign of things to come for the Rays in 2013.
Domincan Winter League Championship Game 1: Leones del Escogido 10, Aguilas Cibaenas 7 (10 innings)
Quite a few former Rays were on the field for this back and forth game to kick off the championship series. Escogido had a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, only to watch Cibaenas tie the game in the ninth. However, Escogido scored three times in the top of the tenth to put away the victory in the opening game. For Escogido, Jesus Feliciano went 3-5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, Jorge Cantu was 1-5 with a double and the game winning RBI, and Leslie Anderson went 1-5 with a double and a run scored. Fernando Rodney did strike out three batters in his inning of work for Escogido, but he also gave up two walks and a run. For Cibaenas, Hector Luna went 2-6 with an RBI and scored the game tying run in the ninth, and Manny Ramirez was 2-5 with a strikeout before being lifted for a pinch runner. Juan Sandoval continued his impressive run lately in the winter league, pitching two scoreless innings and allowing only one hit.
Venezuelan Winter League Postseason: Navegantes del Magallanes 7, Caribes de Anzoategui 6
Anzoategui held a 6-1 lead going into the top of the eighth inning before watching their bullpen implode. Four relievers were roughed up for six runs in the frame, as Magallanes came back to eke out the victory. Reegie Corona and Mario Lisson both had three run home runs in the inning, leading the Navegantes back from their deficit. Former Rays farmhand Erold Andrus was 0-3 with two strikeouts, but he did walk twice and crossed the plate on Corona’s home run. The victory kept Magallanes atop the playoff standings, as they are 8-5 in the tournament.