Rays Winter Ball Recap: Jesus Feliciano’s 3 RBI Lead Carolina to Split

By Robbie Knopf

It seems like every double header ends in a split. But especially when your team drops the first game, that is the last thing on your mind. The Gigantes seemed on the verge of getting swept, but in came Jesus Feliciano to turn it all around.

Dominican Winter League: Tigres del Licey 3, Aguilas Cibaenas 1

After Chris Narveson, the ex-Brewers right-hander who happens to be a free agent, tossed 7 dominant innings, Ramon Ortiz followed by appearing for the second day in a row and doing well, allowing a hit but striking out 1 and forcing 2 groundouts in a shutout inning. The two ex-Rays for Cibaenas had much less excitment–Juan Sandoval allowed a hit to the only batter he faced while Omar Luna didn’t bat as a defensive replacement. Possible Rays target Chris Marrero slammed a 3-run homer for all three Licey runs after the Tigres pulled a page out of the Joe Maddon handbook and moved him up to the cleanup spot despite his struggles to begin the season.

Mexican Pacific League: Tomateros de Culiacán 7, Aguilas de Mexicali 2

After his 2-homer, 5-RBI game on Saturday, the Tomateros wanted no part of Russell Branyan in this game as he went 0 for 0 with 4 walks and a hit-by-pitch. Given the final score, it worked pretty well. Humberto Cota went 1 for 4 with a run scored for Culiacán in the victory.

Mayos de Navojoa 3, Yaquis de Obregón 0

Jon Weber and Wes Bankston both went 1 for 4 for Navojoa, with Weber contributing a double. Bankston’s hit extended his hitting streak to 5. Armando Araiza appeared as a defensive replacement for the Yaquis.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseballl League Game 1: Leones de Ponce 3, Gigantes de Carolina 0 (7 innings)

It was only 7 innings, but the Gigantes got 2-hit, with the first 5 innings being tossed by 22 year old Japanese right-hander Ryuji Ichioka. One of the hits was by Jessus Feliciano, who went 1 for 2. As it turned out, he was just getting started.

Game 2: Gigantes de Carolina 7, Leones de Ponce 3

Carolina was down 2-0 after 3 innings, actually getting runners on base but failing to get them in. To start the 4th inning, Ruben Gotay singled, and the Gigantes hoped to change their fate. Jesus Feliciano did just that, drilling an RBI double to start a 7-run inning and finishing the scoring with a 2-run single. In the game, Feliciano went 2 for 3 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, 3 RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored, and suddenly he’s hitting .400 after 5 RCPBL games. Robinson Cancel went 0 for 2 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored for Carolina while Jose Ruiz, who spent the 2010 season in the Rays organization, went 1 for 3 with an RBI for Ponce.

Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 6, Caribes de Anzoátegui 5 (10 innings)

Tough life for Leslie Anderson. His 16-game hitting streak ends and suddenly he’s out of the Caribes’ starting lineup. Anderson went 0 for 1 with a walk after entering a pinch-hitter in this game, seeing his average drop below .400 to .398 on a big strikeout in the bottom of the 10th. Presumably Anderson was just getting a day off and he’ll get a chance for redemption on Tuesday. Juan Apodaca went 0 for 4 with a run-scoring walk in the win for Zulia.