From the Dominican on Monday night, Escogido won 2-0 to even their record at 2-2 in the playoffs. Gregory Polanco returned to center field after hitting in the designated hitter spot on Sunday. He went 0-for-4, but Starling Marte reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The starting pitcher was Graham Godfrey, who threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit, one walk and he had four strikeouts. Godfrey is still a free agent.
Atahualpa Severino gave up a run in his first playoff appearance. During the Winter league regular season, he ended the year with 14 straight scoreless outings. The run on Monday scored after Severino left in the sixth inning. He recorded one out and walked one batter. He is still a free agent.
In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI and a walk. His season is now over. Escobar played ten games, going 3-for-16 at the plate, with a home run, triple and a .735 OPS.
From Puerto Rico, the Gigantes and Leones game involved three players in the Pirates organization. Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a walk, single and two runs scored. Eliecer Navarro started the game for the Gigantes and threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit(a triple) with no strikeouts or walks. Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with a double and run scored.
From Colombia on Sunday, Tito Polo got a rare start and had a big night. Playing left field in place of Harold Ramirez, Polo went 3-for-6 with a double, stolen base, two RBIs and a run scored. He is hitting .279 through 18 games, with a .419 slugging percentage and eight RBIs.
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