Winter League Playoffs 1/12 — Hernandez On A Roll; Welch Too
Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action on Thursday:
Gigantes del Cibao 6, Aguilas Cibaenas 4
A 4-run 5th inning made the difference for Los Gigantes. Both teams scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning — Los Gigantes with a walk, three singles, and a ground out double play; and Los Aguilas on a solo homer and a walk and two singles. The scoring in the 5th began with a pair of doubles, and with two outs, Los Gigantes scored 3 more runs on two walks, a single, a fielding error by RF Brandon Moss, and another RBI single. Moss’s grounder that turned into a fielding error brought in a run in the 7th, and another run scored with a walk, a single, and another error. Moss also had a single in the 1st inning but did not score.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Indios de Mayaguez 4, Leones de Ponce 1
Los Indios posted 14 hits, though they left 10 runners on base. A 3-run homer began the scoring for Los Indios in the top of the 1st, and they added another run in the 7th on a single, a double, and a sacrifice fly. Los Leones scored their only run, which was unearned, in the 6th inning. With Justin Thomas on the mound for Los Indios, Los Leones put a runner on base with a single and a fielding error. Another single and a sacrifice fly brought in the run. Thomas had entered the game in the 5th inning when starter Jon Huber injured his hand. With one out, Thomas gave up a walk and a single, but ended the inning with a double play. He also began the 7th inning, with a single and a ground out, then was relieved. The win gives Mayaguez a 3-2 win of the 5-game series.
Tigres de Aragua 6, Navegantes del Magallanes 0
Los Tigres did all of their scoring with home runs in this game. CF Jonel Pacheco began the fun with a solo homer in the 3rd. Pacheco walked in the 5th, and scored on the 2-run homer. Pinch hitter Hector Gimenez singled for Los Tigres and pinch hitter Jorge Cortes was intentionally walked in the 7th inning. Then the third pinch hitter of the inning, who replaced Pacheco, smacked a 3-run homer. Wil Ledezma pitched to 4 batters for Los Tigres — 3 outs and a single. Jean Machi pitched the bottom of the 9th for Los Navegantes, allowing only a single.
Caribes de Anzoategui 7, Tiburones de La Guaira 4
CF Gorkys Hernandez singled and scored in Los Caribes’ 2-run 1st inning, then singled and scored again in the bottom of the 5th, when Los Caribes scored another 2 runs. Los Tiburones caught up with a run in the top of the 5th, a 2-run homer in the 6th, and a run on a double and a single in the 7th. The 4-4 tie lasted until the bottom of the 10th, when a walk and a single were followed by a 3-run walk-off home run by Los Caribes.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Yaquis de Obregon 4, Aguilas de Mexicali 3
CF Corey Wimberly went 3-for-5 with a double for Los Yaquis in the first game of the semi-final round of the playoffs. Wimberly opened the game with a double, then singled in the 3rd and singled and stole second base in the 9th. Los Aguilas scored on a 3-run homer by former Pirate C Humberto Cota in the 3rd. Los Yaquis scored 2 runs on a walk to former Indy Indian Alfredo Amezaga and two doubles in the 6th. They added the tying and the winning runs in the 8th on a walk and two singles.
Perth Heat 3, Canberra Cavalry 1
The Cavalry took the early lead when they scored one run in the 2nd inning. A walk and a double by C Travis Scott put two runners into scoring position, and the lead runner scored on an RBI ground out. The Cavalry threatened with three singles in the 4th inning, but did not score. The Heat opened the 7th inning with a game-tying solo homer, then took the lead with a double, a throwing error, and an RBI ground out. A pair of doubles in the 8th inning gave the Heat an insurance run.
Adelaide Bite 6, Sydney Blue Sox 1
Former Altoona Curve pitcher Paul Mildren earned his fourth win of the season with a strong 8 innings of work. He allowed one run, on 7 hits and 2 walks, and struck out 7 batters. The Blue Sox only run came on a solo homer in the bottom of the 1st inning. Mildren worked around one and only one base runner in all but one of his innings, but after the homer, never had any of those runners get further than second base. The Bite began their scoring with 3 runs in the 3rd inning. 3B Stefan Welch hit the second of two singles. A sacrifice fly plated one run, then a triple brought in Welch. Another single drove in the runner who had tripled, for a 3-1 lead. The Bite had another triple in the 4th inning, plating a runner who had walked, then Welch doubled in the second run of the inning. 1B Calvin Anderson walked to lead off the top of the 8th for the Bite, and he was replaced by a pinch-runner. That runner scored on an RBI double. Anderson went 0-for-3, and Welch went 2-for-5.