Winter League Playoffs 1/23 — Ledezma Earns A Win
Just two playoff games on Monday evening:
Tigres de Aragua 2, Tiburones de La Guaira 0
The Venezuelan League championship series (best-of-7) opened with a shutout by four Aragua pitchers. After 6 scoreless innings, with 5 hits, from starter Yusmeiro Petit, Wil Ledezma took over on the mound to begin the 7th. He gave up a single in that inning, and struck out the first batter of the 8th before being relieved. Because his teammates chose the bottom of the 7th to score their only runs, Ledezma became the pitcher of record and earned the win. Los Tigres had been held scoreless for the first 6 innings also, scattering 3 singles and a walk. RF Jorge Corges singled in the 3rd, and CF Jonel Pacheco singled in the 6th. The bottom of the 7th began with a double. An RBI single along with a throwing error on the play drove in the first run and put another runner on second base. 1B Hector Gimenez was intentionally walked, then Pacheco singled to drive in an insurance run.
Leones del Escogido 3, Aguilas Cibaenas 1
Los Leones took a 3-0 game lead of the best-of-9 championship series, with a come-from-behind win. After 5 scoreless innings, Los Aguilas scored one run in the 6th on a single and a double. Los Leones had put base runners on in 5 of the first 7 innings, but could not push a run across the plate. Then in the 8th, a hit batter and a single put two runners on for Los Leones. An RBI single drove in the tying run, and a sacrifice fly added a second run. After an intentional walk, another RBI single gave Los Leones a 3-1 lead. They held off Los Aguilas in the top of the 9th, for the win. RF Brandon Moss was 0-for-3, and was hit by a pitch.