The end of November is the traditional half way point of the winter leagues and Hermosillo was crowned first half champion of the Mexican Pacific League. Both Junior Lake and Rubi Silva continue to be the hitting stories, while Carlos Pimentel, Yoanner Negrin, and Frank Del Valle all had good outings on the mound. For more details, take a look inside this week’s report.
Note: Coverage of the winter leagues will be by calendar week, Sunday through Saturday
Dominican Winter League
Leones del Escogido
Carlos Pimentel picked up his third win on Friday as Escogido defeated Licey 4-3. Pimentel went five innings and allowed two unearned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five batters.
Toros del Este
Este fell apart in the ninth inning and dropped a 6-5 game to Cibaenas on Wednesday. Alberto Cabrera pitched 0.2 innings and allowed an earned run while striking out a batter.
The pitching staff for the Bulls almost let one slip away on Saturday but they hung on to beat Cibaenas 6-5. Alberto Cabrera tossed an inning of relief and gave up an earned run on two hits while striking out a batter.
Tigres del Licey
A close game on Wednesday saw Licey edge Cibao 4-3. Julio Borbon started in left field and was 1-for-1 with two walks, a triple, and a run scored. Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Estrellas de Oriente
It wasn’t a good night for Oriente on Monday as they lost 7-2 to Cibao. Junior Lake did his part as he went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Marcos Mateo gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless 0.2 innings.
Junior Lake had a quiet night on Tuesday. Lake went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Eastern Stars’ 3-2 loss to Cibao.
The losing streak stretched to three games on Wednesday as the Stars lost 5-1 to Escogido. Left fielder Junior Lake was 1-for-4 in the loss.
Oriente finally broke out on Friday as they defeated Este 3-2. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Marcos Mateo slammed the door for his sixth save. Mateo struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Eastern Stars flexed their muscles on Saturday as they powered past Escogido 5-1. Junior Lake went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while Marcos Mateo struck out the only batter he faced for his seventh save.
Mexican Pacific League
Tomateros de Culiacan
A three run comeback for Culiacan on Tuesday went for naught as they lost 5-3 to Obregon in 11 innings. Marcus Hatley was touched up for two earned runs in the 11th on three walks and a hit as his winter record slipped to 1-3.
Venados de Mazatlan
Mazatlan began the week on the right foot last Sunday as they beat Obregon 5-4. Walter Ibarra started at shortstop and was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
It was a close game for Venados on Tuesday as they fell 8-7 to Los Mochis. Walter Ibarra was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the loss.
Wednesday saw a complete breakdown for the Stags as they were shut out 8-0 by Los Mochis. Walter Ibarra went 2-for-3 with a double before being pulled for a pinch-hitter.
On Thursday, it took 10 innings before Mazatlan bowed to Los Mochis 2-1. Walter Ibarra went 0-for-4 in the loss.
A comeback attempt by Venados came up short on Friday as they lost 5-4 to Culiacan. Walter Ibarra went 0-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Yaquis de Obregon
Christian Villanueva was back in the starting line-up on Thursday and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as Obregon lost 4-2 to Culiacan.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League
Cangrejeros de Santurce
Santurce was able to rally for two runs in the bottom of the seventh last Sunday to edge past Caguas 4-3. Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the game.
Edwin Maysonet was 0-for-3 on Monday as the Cangrejeros lost 4-1 to Carolina.
Powered by Edwin Maysonet, the Crabmen blew past Mayaguez 7-1 on Tuesday. Maysonet went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored.
Shortstop Edwin Maysonet continued to swing a hot stick on Wednesday. Maysonet went 2-for-3 in Santurce’s 3-2 loss to Caguas.
A five-run fifth inning was all the Cangrejeros would need on Friday as they blew past Ponce 6-3. Edwin Maysonet stayed hot and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Leones de Ponce
It was a fast start for Ponce last Sunday as they jumped out to a four-run lead then held on for a 4-2 victory of Mayaguez. Rubi Silva batted second and was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and an RBI. Jonathan Mota went 0-for-3 in the game.
Rubi Silva continued swinging his hot bat on Monday, as Leones beat Caguas 7-4. Silva was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Jonathan Mota drove in two runs and was 1-for-4 with a double.
The Pride prevailed in 12 innings on Tuesday and beat Carolina 5-4. Jonathan Mota went 2-for-4 with a walk, while Rubi Silva was 1-for-4.
Ponce continued to scuffle for runs on Friday as they lost 6-3 to Santurce. Jonathan Mota was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in the loss.
Venezuelan Winter League
Caribes de Anzoategui
It was a rough night for Paolo Espino on Wednesday as he was tagged for four unearned runs in Anzoategui’s 8-6 loss to Aragua. Espino surrendered six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
Leones de Caracas
Thursday saw another fine outing by Yoanner Negrin as Caracas defeated Lara 3-1. Negrin started and pitched five scoreless innings. Negrin allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three batters.
It was a swing from the heels night on Friday as the Lions and Magallanes combined for 30 hits and Caracas prevailed 11-7. Hector Rondon tossed an inning and allowed an earned run on a hit while striking out a batter.
Bravos de Margarita
It was a doubleheader for Margarita last Sunday. Frank Del Valle started the opener and the Bravos fell 2-1 in eight innings. Del Valle pitched 3.2 innings and gave up an earned run on four hits with five walks while striking out two batters.
Frank Del Valle did his part on Friday but received no support as the Braves lost 7-2 to Aragua. Del Valle started and lasted six innings. Del Valle allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.
Cardenales de Lara
Lara took control early last Sunday with three runs in the top of the first inning and they cruised to an 8-3 victory over Magallanes. Luis Valbuena cracked his second homer of the winter, a three run shot, as he was 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run and three RBI.
A rainout on Tuesday meant a doubleheader on Wednesday, and a late rally in game one went the Redbirds way as they beat Margarita 5-2. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 in the victory.
The nightcap saw the Cardinals power past Margarita 6-1. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Lara lost 3-1 to Caracas on Thursday. Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 in the loss.
It was a slugfest on Friday as the Cardinals lost to La Guaira 7-6. Luis Valbuena was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.
The Redbirds scored two runs in the bottom of the first and then put things on cruise control as they beat Anzoategui 6-3 on Saturday. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the victory.
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