Winter League Playoffs 1/4 — Hernandez Homers

The Puerto Rican League season ends today, with their playoffs beginning over the weekend.  Meanwhile the other Caribbean leagues continue in playoff mode.  In other news, SS Pedro Ciriaco has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.

 

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Navegantes del Magallanes  3,  Tigres de Aragua  2

Los Navegantes got things going with 2 runs on a walk and 3 singles before an out was recorded in the bottom of the 1st inning.  Los Tigres answered with a run in the top of the 2nd, when 1B Hector Gimenez walked, and scored on Jorge Cortes’ RBI double.  Los Navegantes added an insurance run in the 6th, with former Pirate Romulo Sanchez on the mound for Los Tigres.  a single, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and a throwing error allowed the run to score.  Los Tigres squeezed out another run in the top of the 9th, on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly, but it was not enough.  Wil Ledezma pitched to two batters in the 5th inning, for Los Tigres, and retiring both of them to finish the inning.

 

Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Aguilas del Zulia  1

Former Pirate C Carlos Maldonado had the only RBI for Los Aguilas, when he singled in a runner who had tripled in the 2nd inning.  CF Gorkys Hernandez tied the game for Los Caribes with a solo homer to lead off the 4th inning.  Another homer in the 7th inning gave Los Caribes a 2-1 lead, followed by a double, a stolen base, and a sacrifice fly to bring in an insurance run.  Maldonado also singled in the 7th inning, and was hit by a pitch in the 4th, but was left on base both times.

 

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Yaquis de Obregon  9,  Algodoneros de Guasave  8

Los Yaquis took advantage of a 4-run 5th and a 3-run 6th to get the win, and they now lead this best-of-7 series 3 games to none.  Guasave scored 3 runs in the 1st inning, then one each in the 2nd and 3rd.  Los Yaquis scored one run in the 2nd inning, and also scored one in the 3rd.  CF Corey Wimberly singled, then stole second base, and scored on two throwing errors on the play.  Alfredo Amezaga gave Los Yaquis a 2-run homer in the 5th, and a double and two singles added another 2 runs in the inning.  A hit batter, a bunt, and another single by Wimberly added a run in the 6th, and Amezaga homered again, bringing in Wimberly.  Guasave tried to catch up with a solo homer in the bottom of the 6th and a 2-run homer in the 8th, but fell one run short.

 

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Tigres del Licey  3,  Leones del Escogido  0

Los Leones were held to 2 hits and one walk, and helped Los Tigres by committing 2 errors.  Licey scored one run in the bottom of the 1st on C Ronny Paulino’s RBI double.  Paulino reached base on an error in the 6th, and scored on another RBI double.  A single added the second run of the inning.  3B Yamaico Navarro singled in the 7th inning and reached as far as third base before the inning ended.  He also  made a throwing error in the 6th inning, which did not result in a run.

 

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

Adelaide Bite  8,  Melbourne Aces  5

Five runs in the 2nd inning got the Bite off to a good start.  1B Calvin Anderson began the inning with a single, then stole second base.  He scored on a a home run, then moments later a 3-run homer gave the Bite a 5-0 lead before an out was recorded in the 2nd inning.  The Bite loaded the bases in the 4th inning with a fielding error and two singles, then 3B Stefan Welch’s double drove in 2 of the base runners.  Welch doubled again in the 6th, plating the Bite’s final run. The Bite also threatened in the 5th, when Anderson singled and advanced to third base on a double.  The next batter flied out, but instead of a sacrifice fly and a run scoring, Anderson was gunned down at the plate. The Aces scored their first run in the 3rd inning, when a single and three walks forced in a run.  Rinku Singh replaced the Bite’s starting pitcher to begin the bottom of the 4th.  He gave up two singles but got out of the inning with a double play.  Singh was not so lucky in the next inning, though, when a single, a double, and a homer brought in 3 runs.  Paul Mildren earned the win, win an unusual (for him) relief appearance.  Mildren pitched the 7th and 8th innings, allowing a single in the 7th.  He had a batter reach on a fielding error by Anderson in the 8th, but immediately erased the runner in a double play.

 

Canberra Cavalry  7,  Sydney Blue Sox  1

The Cavalry ran right over the Blue Sox, posting 14 hits, while holding Sydney to just 5.  Four of those hits were scattered over the first 7 innings.  The Blue Sox scored in the top of the 9th, helped by a fielding error and a wild pitch, driven in by  a sacrifice fly.  The Cavalry opened the bottom of the 1st with a double and a 2-run homer, then scored one run in the 4th on three singles, including one by C Travis Scott.  Three singles and two doubles (one double by Scott) added 3 runs in the 5th.  Another solo homer gave the Cavalry a run in the 7th, and Scott reached base on a throwing error after the homer, but got only to third base.

 

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

Minor League Depth — First Base

Next Story »

Winter League Playoffs 1/5– Strong Start For Figueroa, Welch Homers

Latest Analysis

  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    15 hours ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    2 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    4 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    5 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    6 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    2 weeks ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More