Happy Halloween! With the start of the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico, all of the Caribbean leagues are now in play, as Yasiel Balaguert lit it up for Carolina. Relief pitchers Greyfer Eregua and James Farris are emerging in Venezuela and the Arizona Fall League, with Juan Perez off to a good start in the Dominican Republic.
With more scores and highlights, come inside today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Arizona Fall League
Mesa was quick out of the box last Monday in beating Surprise 7-2 and evening their record at 6-6. The big news was DH Kyle Schwarber going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored in his quest to be ready for the Major League postseason. Victor Caratini played first base and went 1-for-3 with a double. James Farris continued to do well out of the pen as he struck out two in a scoreless seventh for a hold.
The Solar Sox could not close the deal on Tuesday, allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose 7-6 to Salt River. Eloy Jimenez launched a two-run homer as he was 1-for-5 with two RBI. Victor Caratini played both at catcher and first base and was 1-for-4.
On Wednesday, Mesa broke out the bats as they slashed their way to 16 hits in a 12-5 defeat of Peoria. Eloy Jimenez was part of the hit parade as he went 1-for-5 with an RBI. Ian Happ had a big afternoon as he went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Thursday saw the Solar Sox turn on the jets in the final three innings to cruise past Glendale 10-7. Victor Caratini was the DH and went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Ryan McNeil pitched two innings and gave up an earned run on three hits while striking out three batters.
It was another offensive explosion on Friday for Mesa as they beat Peoria 7-3. Ian Happ lined up at second base and was 0-for-4 with a walk. Eloy Jimenez broke out by going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. James Farris is emerging as a go-to presence out of the pen as he slammed the door with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth.
With a come from behind 4-3 win over Peoria on Saturday, Mesa moved into second place in the Arizona Fall League. Ian Happ started the game at second base and went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Stephen Perakslis finally saw some game action and struck out a batter in a perfect seventh inning.
Dominican Winter League
It was a slugfest on Wednesday as Cibaenas came up short to Licey 9-7. Juan Perez played right field and went 1-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Thursday was a make-up on Monday’s rainout as the Aguilas blanked Oriente 8-0. Juan Perez had another big night as he went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored.
Estrellas de Oriente
In a close contest on Wednesday, Oriente bowed to Cibao 2-0. Starling Peralta came on in the seventh and allowed an earned run in 0.2 innings for the loss.
On Friday, Estrellas continued their suffering as they could not handle Cibao 4-3. Stephen Fife was roughed up for three runs (one earned) as he walked two and allowed five hits in 4.2 innings.
Mexican Pacific League
Yaquis de Obregon
The early season struggles for Obregon continued on Tuesday as they lost to Los Mochis 5-4. Christian Villanueva has yet to play the field as he went 1-for-2 with an RBI as the designated hitter.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League
Cangrejeros de Santurce
Opening Night for the Roberto Clemente League on Thursday was an intense affair as Santurce lost to Caguas 4-3 in 11 innings. Jacob Hannemann led off and went 0-for-5 with a walk. Corey Black came on in the ninth and had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning.
The Cangrejeros were able to jump all over the pitching of Carolina early in beating them 7-4 on Saturday. Jacob Hannemann was better at working counts as he went 1-for-3 with two walks, two stolen bases, and a run scored. Corey Black got the final two outs of the game for his first save.
Criollos de Caguas
It was a good way to start the season for Caguas on Thursday as they beat Santurce 4-3 in 11 innings. Kelly Dugan scored the league’s first run of the season as he blasted a solo home run in the fifth while going 1-for-5. Miguel Mejia gave up two earned runs in the seventh inning to allow Santurce back into the game.
Gigantes de Carolina
Pitching could not hold up for Carolina on Saturday, as they lost to Santurce 7-4.Yasiel Balaguert in the clean-up spot as he went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored.
Venezuelan Winter League
Aguilas de Zulia
It was a rare loss for Zulia on Wednesday, as they were humbled by La Guaira 3-1. Bryant Flete started at second base and was 1-for-3 in the loss.
The Aguilas bounced back on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Caracas. Bryant Flete remained at second base and went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.
On Friday, the Eagles could not get untracked against Caracas as they were shut out 8-0. Second baseman Bryant Flete was 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss.
It was back to their winning ways on Saturday as Zulia edged Aragua 3-2. Remaining at second base, Bryant Flete was 1-for-3 with a walk for the victors.
Navegantes del Magallanes
It was a total blowout for Magallanes on Tuesday as they destroyed Caracas 20-7. Greyfer Eregua replaced starter Toru Murata with one out in the first inning and had a strikeout in 1.2 perfect innings for the win.
Wednesday saw another win for Navagantes as they shut out Aragua 4-0. Gerardo Concepcion had a strikeout in a scoreless eighth inning.
Struggling to keep pace, the Navigators stumbled on Friday in losing 3-2 to Margarita. Greyfer Eregua scuffled a little bit, giving up a walk and hit while striking out a batter in 0.1 innings. Gerardo Concepcion was tagged with the loss as he gave up an earned run in the eighth without recording an out.
On Sunday, it continued to be a challenge for the Navs as they lost to Lara 5-2. Gerardo Concepcion could only record one out in the sixth inning as he allowed two earned runs. Greyfer Eregua stopped the bleeding with a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work.
Tigres de Aragua
Aragua broke open a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning last Monday to power past Anzoategui 6-1. Gioskar Amaya was at second base in going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Armando Rivero set down the side in order in the eighth inning.
Both teams combined for 23 hits on Friday as Aragua could not hold off Lara, losing 7-6. Gioskar Amaya was all over the field, starting at second base while also playing third and shortstop, going 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI. Armando Rivero pitched an inning and earned a hold despite giving up an earned run and striking out a batter.