Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/30/12

Congratulations to both the Yaquis de Obregon and the Indios de Mayaguez for securing spots in the Caribbean World Series. In Mexico, Obregon rode the bat of Alfredo Amezaga and the pitching of Marco Carrillo, while Kyle Smit did his best to help the Indians claim the crown in Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela are still looking to award a championship.

For a recap of this week’s contests, along with news from the Australian Baseball League, check out this week’s Down on the Farm Report.

Dominican Winter League
The Leones de Escogido leads Aguilas Cibaenas 4-3 in their best of nine series. The Lions were up three games to one, and ahead 5-4 going into the top of the ninth on Thursday. However, the Eagles scored four runs to steal an 8-5 victory. Cibaenas then came back on Friday to even the series by defeating Escogido 2-1. Saturday’s game saw the Lions roar back from a 2-0 deficit to win 5-2. Game eight is set for Sunday, with a Game nine on Monday if necessary.

Mexican Pacific League

Yaquis de Obregon
Obregon started the week up 1-0 in their best of four series with Guasave. The Yaquis found themselves ahead again 1-0 on Sunday, however things quickly unraveled. Obergon was down 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth, thanks in part to an earned run given up in relief by Tennessee right-hander Oswaldo Martinez. But the Tribe rallied back and took home a 6-5 victory to improve to 2-0 in the series. Alfredo Amezaga was 0-for-2 with a walk.

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The series resumed on Tuesday with another tight battle early on. Alfredo Amezaga singled and scored the first run as part of a 3-for-5 evening. Amezaga had two doubles and an RBI, and scored a total of three runs as Obregon held off a seventh inning surge by the Cotton Growers to defeat Guasave 6-4. Oswaldo Martinez had a strikeout in a scoreless inning of relief.

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Needing one more win to earn a return trip to the Caribbean World Series, Obregon was not to be denied. Alfredo Amezaga led off the scoring on Wednesday by cracking his first home run of the playoffs, igniting a five-run first inning. The Yaquis then brought in the hammer as starter Marco Carrillo hurled six shutout innings, striking out six batters. Oswaldo Martinez chipped in a scoreless inning as Guasave had no answers for the Tribe’s attack, giving up 25 hits in a 19-0 whitewash. Alfredo Amezaga ended up 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored while Marco Carrillo earned his second victory of the playoffs.

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Puerto Rico Baseball League

Indios de Mayaguez
In a surprise move, manager Dave Miley decided to start Iowa reliever Kyle Smit on Tuesday with Mayaguez up 4-2 in their best of nine series with Caugas. Smit held the Creoles scoreless for three innings, and then started to implode as he couldn’t record an out in the fourth inning. Smit ended up being charged with three earned runs as the Indians fell to Caugas 6-5 in eleven innings.

However, Mayaguez bounced back on Wednesday with a 5-2 win to secure a place in the Caribbean World Series.

Venezuelan Winter League
The Tigres de Aragua currently leads their best of seven series with the Tiburones de La Guaira 3 games to 2. The Sharks actually led the series 2-0, but the Tigers rallied back on the timely hitting of veteran free agents Jorge Cortes, Adonis Garcia, and Jose Martinez as well as former Met and Giant Edgardo Alfonzo. Game six is set for Sunday, with a Game seven on Monday if necessary.

Australian Baseball League
The Perth Heat have taken a 2-1 lead over the Melbourne Aces in their best of seven series. The winner of this series will have a second round bye, while the loser plays the winner of the other first round opponents, the Adelaide Bite and the Sydney Blue Sox. That series is tied 1-1, as storms postponed Game three on Saturday.

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