Rays Winter Ball Recap: Hector Gimenez Drills 3 Hits in Aragua Win

By Robbie Knopf

Thanksgiving threw us off a little bit, but starting today, Rays Colored Glasses is firmly back is look forward to a full slate of content.We’ll start right now with this Winter Ball Recap.

Mexican Pacific League: Venados de Mazatlán 4, Tomateros de Culiacán 2

Jorge Cantu had a strong game for the Tomateros in the loss, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. Cantu got off to a sluggish start, but he now has a pair of multi-hit games in a row as he is starting to turn it on. Henry Mateo went 0 for 3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored for the Venados. The hitless game snapped his 6-game hitting streak.

Venezuelan Winter League: Tigres de Aragua 11, Cardenales de Lara 4

Huge game for the Tigres, and right in the thick of things was Hector Gimenez, who went 3 for 4 with a double, a walk, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Gimenez has been playing out of his mind the last 10 games, hitting to a .344/.488/.813 line with 4 homers, 3 doubles, 11 RBI, and an 8-9 strikeout to walk ratio in 41 plate appearances. Usually a catcher, Gimenez has been playing first base this winter to rest his legs, and he certainly has hit enough to make such a change make sense. Other interesting thing in this game was that Mike Moustakas made his VWL debut for Lara, going 1 for 4 with an RBI. Coming off a rough year for the Kansas City Royals, Moustakas heads to Winter Ball hoping to turn it all around.

Tiburones de La Guaira 7, Navegantes del Magallanes 5

Cesar Suarez has been batting all over the Tiburones’ lineup this season, but he may have finally found his comfort zone in the 2-hole, rattling off a 5-game hitting streak with 2 homers and 7 RBI. In this game, he went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Robinson Chirinos and Jean Machi both appeared for Magallanes in the loss, with Chirinos going 0 for 3 and Machi striking out 2 in a perfect inning of work.

Caribes de Anzoátegui 8, Leones del Caracas 4

While Leslie Anderson has certainly slowed down significantly compared to where he was a few weeks ago, you have to give him credit for not completely fading away. In this game, Anderson had an RBI single in the first inning to give the Caribes a 1-0 lead before extending that lead to 3-0 with a groundout in the 3rd. Anderson still has an outstanding .336/.429/.497 line for Anzoátegui on the year. Bobby Abreu went 0 for 4 with an RBI for Caracas in the loss.