We missed our Rays Winter Ball recap for today, and it was probably worth skipping, but there were a couple of interesting games involving a score of current and former Rays, so why not talk about them a little bit?
Dominican Winter League Postseason: Leones de Escogido 9, Aguilas Cibaenas 0
This game was never really close, but quite a few Rays played big roles. For Escogido, Jorge Cantu slammed a 2-run homer in the 2nd to begin the scoring and Jesus Feliciano was great out of leadoff spot, going 2 for 4 with a walk, a stolen base, and 2 runs scored, while for Cibaenas, Manny Ramirez was their only player who could say he had a nice game, going 2 for 3 with a double. Other current and former Rays to appear in the game were Leslie Anderson for Escogido, who went 0 for 4 but actually drew a walk (yay!), and for Cibaenas, Hector Luna went 0 for 4, Omar Luna grounded out pinch-hitting for Ramirez with the game out of hand, and Bobby Livingston did not pitch well out of the bullpen for Cibaenas, allowing a hit and a walk while going just a third of an inning. One non-Ray that we have to note is Nelson Figueroa, who went 8 innings for the Leones allowing just 4 hits, striking out 7 while walking just 1.
Mexican Pacific League Playoffs Game 7: Aguilas de Mexicali vs. Algodoneros de Guasave (we’ll leave you in suspense regarding the score for the moment)
They had blown it. The Aguilas had built up a 3-1 series lead only to lose their next two games, and suddenly they were facing elimination. Then Mark Hamilton slammed a homer for Guasave and Mexicali fans realized that their team’s collapse might really be happening. But the Aguilas were too talented to let everything end like that. They rallied for 6 runs in the 2nd inning and 4 more in the 5th on their way to a statement 12-4 win to get them to the Mexican Pacific League Championship Series. Walter Silva gave the Aguilas 7.2 strong innings, Ricky Alvarez, Jorge Guzman, and Roman Pena and slammed home runs, and in terms of the ex-Rays, Wes Bankston went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored, walking to start the 2nd inning rally, while Weber went 1 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.