The Dominican Winter League wrapped up it’s regular season on Sunday and Gregory Polanco finished with a .331/.428/.494 slash line in 44 games. He had 55 hits, 28 runs scored, 28 RBIs and 28 walks. Polanco hit ten doubles, one triple and five homers, while stealing seven bases in eight tries. He lost the batting title on the last day when Rafael Ynoa went 2-for-3 to move from .326 to .333 to overtake the lead. Ynoa left the game after six innings.
While he won the batting title, Ynoa had a slim chance to catch Polanco for the OPS title. Polanco finished with a .922 mark and Ynoa finished second with an .892 mark. A home run in his next at-bat would have left him just point behind Polanco, with another at-bat possible, while an out would have cost him the batting title. Polanco also finished as the league leader in runs scored and tied for the lead in hits.
In the Dominican from Sunday, Andy Vasquez went 0-for-4 to finish his season 2-for-19 in eight games. He started the last two games of the season at shortstop after starting just once in the first 48 games.
Raul Fortunato waited until the last day of the season to make his debut. He went 0-for-4 and played center field. Fortunato hit .248 with five homers and 52 RBIs over 123 games with West Virginia this season.
In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo was back at first base for the first time since Tuesday. He went 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI. He was replaced on defense in the seventh inning.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-4 and saw his average drop down to .277 due to an 0-for-12 streak over his last three games. He is still perfect in the field on the season.
In Colombia from Saturday night, Harold Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a single, walk, RBI and sacrifice fly. He is hitting .316 through 26 games. Ramirez has drawn 14 walks and scored 17 runs.
Tito Polo was used a pinch-runner and he scored a run in his team’s 7-3 win. Ramirez and Polo have helped their team to a league best 23-5 record.
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