On Monday night in the Dominican Winter League finals, Gregory Polanco and Escogido lost 3-1, putting them on the brink of elimination. Polanco went 1-for-3 with a walk and sacrifice bunt. In his previous two games combined, he went 4-for-6 with five walks. Game eight of the best-of-nine series is tonight at 6:30 PM EST (start time was changed from 4:05 PM) and can be viewed online at Escogido.com.
Nothing else was going on in Winter ball on Monday. Harold Ramirez, Tito Polo and their Tigres teammates start the Latin American Series tonight. The best teams from Colombia, the Veracruz League, Nicaragua and Panama are all in the tournament. In Panama, the Indios team won the league title. Ulises Montilla is on the Indios roster, though he hasn’t played in over a week, so he might not be playing in the Latin American Series either.
The Australian League returns to play on Friday. Sydney with Danny Arribas, will take on Canberra in a three game series. The winner will go on to play Sam Kennelly and the Perth Heat.
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