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Winter League Update - Caribes Sweeps in Venezuelan Finals

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

And then there was one. Only the Mexican Winter League remains to identify their champion for the Series del Caribe. It took ten innings and multiple lead changes, but Caribes was able to pull out an 8-7 win to sweep Lara. Niuman Romero had the walk off game winning single to seal the victory.

It was a wild game that saw multiple lead changes. Both teams started out strong, scoring runs in the opening frame. Carlos Rivero hit a three run homer in the top of the first to give Lara an early 3-0 lead. Oswaldo Arcia responded with a two run double in the bottom half of the first inning to close the gap to 3-2.

Lara loaded the bases in the top of the second with two walks and a single but failed to score. They loaded them again in the third, this time with just one out but were prevented from scoring. This gave Caribes an opportunity to take the lead in the bottom half of the third. Ali Castillo and Arcia delivered RBI singles to give Caribes a 4-3 lead.

In the top of the fifth Lara tied the game on a RBI double by Rene Reyes. Lara then loaded the bases again in the sixth with one out but failed to score. Caribes took advantage again by scoring in the bottom half to pull ahead 5-4, Luis Sardinas with an RBI single.

Lara loaded the bases for the fourth time in the seventh, but this time scored. Yonathan Mendoza walked to force in a run. Ildemaro Vargas grounded into a double play to allow another run to score to give Lara a 6-5 lead. A walk and hit by pitch loaded the bases again, but the Cardenales could not deliver, Carlos Rivero flying out.

Caribes loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with one out, but could not score. Oswaldo Arcia, who had driven in three runs already, failed to deliver this time, flying out with Niuman Romero tagged out at home.

Caribes loaded the bases in the eighth, but Niuman Romero delivered with a 2 run single to recapture the lead 7-6. Jesus Sucre was thrown out at third on the hit.

In the ninth Gorkys Hernandez tied the game for Lara with an RBI single. When Caribes could not score in the bottom frame it went overtime.

That had to be a fun game to watch. Lara stranded 17 runners. Caribes stranded 9. Caribes pitchers walked 14, including Rene Reyes four times. No pitcher in the game threw more than 2.2 innings. The game lasted 4 hours and 43 minutes. For all the action too bad the attendance was only listed as 88. Corona virus concerns had to limit the attendance figures.


In a more sedate game, Hermosillo outpitched Culiacan to win their game 1-0 to take a three games to one lead in their series. Isaac Paredes drove in the only run for Hermosillo with a double in the sixth. Jose Samayoa lasted seven innings for Hermosillo, allowing just two hits with no walks and six whiffs. Manny Barreda worked the full nine innings for Culiacan in a losing cause, giving up six hits and three walks, striking out two. Fernando Salas came on in the ninth to string together his third save of the series.

Winter League Update - Caguas Clinches Puerto Rican Championship

Monday, January 25th, 2021


Caribes used the bats of Rafael Ortega and Ali Castillo to down Lara 9-6. Ortega drove in four runs with a double and triple while Castillo used a 4 for 5 day to drive in two. Oswaldo Arcia also hit a solo shot. With a three games to none lead Caribes is now one win away from clinching a championship.

Puerto Rico

There were only two serious teams in the Puerto Rican League this year, after two teams dropped out. Caguas proved they were the better of the two teams by sweeping Mayaguez in four games, winning the final 7-6. They rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to win the game, two hit by pitches putting the tying and go ahead runs on base. A Victor Caratini single drove in the tying run. Vimael Machin drove in the go ahead run with his RBI single.

Fernando Cruz came on in the ninth to retire the side in order to garner the save. Jarren Duran led the game off with a homerun and scored three times, including the tying run. Jose Miranda launched a three run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Caguas offense up to the ninth inning.

Winter League Roundup - Durran Leads Caguas to Win

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Puerto Rico

Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran led Caguas to a 7-4 win over Mayaguez to leave them one game away from sweeping the series. Mayaguez had tied the game 2-2 in the top of the seventh after an RBI double by Danny Ortiz. In the bottom of the seventh Duran drove in what proved to be the go ahead run with an RBI double. He clinched the victory in the eighth with a three run homer, giving him four RBIs for the game.


Culiacan evened their series with Hermosillo with a 6-1 win. Efren Navarro gave Culiacan a 1-1 tie with his solo homerun in the fifth. The Tomateros put the game away in the seventh and eighth innings to combine for five runs to put the game away. Sebastian Elizalde smashed a solo shot in the seventh and Yoelkis Guibert piled it on with a two run blast in the eighth in his only at bat of the game. Guibert had come in for defensive purposes but showed he could do much more.

Anthony Vasquez went 6.1 innings to get the win. Juan Pablo Ormas went six innings for Hermosillo, allowing just two hits, but one of them was the game tying homer hit by Navarro.


It was an old fashioned pitchers duel before Caribes was finally able to score their first run in the eleventh inning to beat Lara 1-0. Andres Machado allowed just one hit in his five innings for Caribes. Raul Rivero worked six innings, allowing just three hits for Lara.

In the top of the eleventh, Luis Sardinas delivered his first hit in five at bats to drive in Ali Castillo for the go ahead run. Lester Oliveros came in to close out the game, but could only retire one hitter, while walking three to load the bases. The Caribes called on Jean Toledo to escape out of the jam, and on his fourth pitch he got the double play ground ball that ended the game.

Winter League Championship Playoff Review

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

The Dominicans have already identified their champion, Aguilas. Now Mexico, Venezuela and Puerto Rico need to find theirs. Below is the summary of the playoff championships in those three countries.


Hermosillo scored two runs in the first to defeat Culiacan 2-1 in the opening game of their championship series. Ryan Verdugo worked seven shutout innings to get the win, allowing just five hits and walking none. Culiacan managed to rally for a run in the ninth, but Fernando Salas finished out the inning to earn the save. After giving up the two first inning runs, JC Ramirez pitched well through the sixth inning for Culiacan.


Orientes shut out Lara 6-0 in their opener. David Martinez only went 4.2 innings, so he could not get the win. He was followed by six different relievers who combined to complete the shutout. Orientes was shut out by Logan Darnell in the first five innings, then scripted together three innings of two runs each to get the win. Luis Sardinas was a perfect 4 for 4 for Orientes.

Puerto Rico

Caguas picked up their second win of their series with a 7-5 win over Mayaguez. Jose Miranda drove in three runs and Yadiel Molina drove in one and scored twice to lead the offense. Mayaguez scored twice in the final frame off Fernando Cruz to make things interesting. Jeremy Rivera led all hitters with three hits, but it was all for naught.

Winter League Update - Caribes and Lara Advance to Finals

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Puerto Rico will start their championship today. Mexico will begin their finals tomorrow. Yesterday Venezuela determined the remaining two teams for the finals.

A six run third inning proved to be the difference for Caribes in their 10-4 win over Magallanes. Oswaldo Arcia smashed a two run homer in the third to cap the scoring. Ali Castillo contributed a two run single in the inning for two of his three RBIs. He also had an RBI single in the fourth. Rafael Ortega got the scoring started for Caribes with a solo homerun in the first. He finished the game with three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Magallanes rallied for three runs in the ninth to make the game relatively close.

Lara advanced with their 11-2 win over Aragua. Carlos Rivero drove in three runs, including two on a homerun in the fourth inning. Ildemaro Vargas went 5 for 6 from the leadoff spot, driving in two and scoring two. Yordanys Linares went a perfect 4 for 4, crossing the plate three times. Williams Perez allowed just one hit and one run in his five innings of work to earn the win.

Caibes and Lara will now face each other in the finals.

Winter League Update

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021


Culiacan went up four games to two with a 3-0 win over Obregon. Edgar Arrendondo won his second game of the series with six shutout innings. Three different relievers finished the game with Alberto Baldonado working the ninth to notch his fourth save of the series.

Hermosillo used a five run ninth to win 6-3 over Monterrey to take a four games to two lead. Yadiel Hernandez went 3 for 4 with two runs scored to lead the offense. Julian Leon drove in two runs.


Caribes thumped Magallanes 8-2 to even their series at three games apiece. Magallanes had taken an early 2-0 lead but Caribes used two four run innings to put the game out of reach. Ali Castillo drove in three runs and Niuman Romero batted in two to lead the offense. Erick Leal, voted the top pitcher in Venezuela for the regular season was drubbed for four runs in 4.2 innings.

Aragua also evened their series against Lara with a 7-1 beating. Henry Alejandro Rodriguez clubbed a grand slam in the seventh inning to finish this game off. Guillermo Moscoso tossed six innings, giving up just two hits and one run.

Puerto Rico

After giving up 50 runs in their last two games Manati finally got some pitching, but a lack of offense failed them in their loss to Mayaguez 3-2 to end that series in a four game sweep. Manati actually had a 2-1 lead after a two run homer from Jose Sermo in the top of the fifth. Mayaguez came right back with two of their own in the bottom half on a Henry Ramos two run homer. Ramos drove in all three runs for Mayaguez.

Winter League Update - Aguilas Advances to Series del Caribe

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Dominican Republic

Aguilas became the first team to qualify for the Series del Caribe. They had to win their last three games to win the seven game series. They exploded for five runs in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, then hung on to win 7-4.

Johan Camargo and Juan Lagares did their damage early in the game. Camargo went solo in the third to score Aguilas first run and Lagares went deep with a solo in the sixth inning. For Lagares it was his third homerun of the seven game series.

Camargo and Lagares were also instrumental in the five run seventh. Luis Juarez broke the 2-2 tie with a one out solo blast. Camargo doubled to put runners on second and third. He scored as well as Francisco Pena after a Jonathan Villar two run double. Lagares drove in the final run with a ground out to second.

Gigantes rallied in the ninth after a triple by Abiatel Avelino and a double by Jose Siri to close the lead to 7-4. Dario Alvarez replaced the struggling Neftali Feliz to retire the final two batters to clinch the Dominican championship for Aguilas.

The loss has to hurt for one of the newest franchises. They have represented the Dominican Republic once in the Series del Caribe back in 2014-2015. This is the fourth time they have finished as runner up.

Puerto Rico

The day before Mayaguez had scored 30 runs. The pitching was a tad batter for Manati in the second game as they limited Mayaguez to just 20 runs in the 20-7 loss. Kennys Vargas, who went deep twice the previous day also went deep yesteday, finishing the game with five RBIs in a 5 for 6 day. Emmanual Rivera, who drove in 10 runs in the previous game with two homeruns, hit two more homeruns yesterday as well, but both were solo shots so his RBI production was limited to two.

For Manati, Roy Morales had a good game, going 4 for 4 with a two run homer and double. He scored twice. Luis Medina struggled for Mayaguez, giving up eight hits and four runs in 3.1 innings. The Yankee prospect had been voted pitcher of the year in the Puerto Rican League regular season. Veteran Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina put himself on the mound for the ninth inning for Manati. He gave up one run, a solo shot from David Vidal.


Aragua evened their series with Lara at two games apiece with a 6-4 win. Ramon Cabrera sliced two two run singles, one in the first and the second in the seventh innings to contribute to the victory. Edwin Garcia drove in the other two runs with an RBI single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Logan Duran pitched six strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits to get the win.

Rene Reyes made the game close with his two run homer in the ninth for Lara.

Magallanes Navegantes had an easier time with Caribes, evening their series at two games apiece with a 13-5 win. Danry Vasquez was the hitting star, driving in six of the runs, three of them driven in with his bomb in the fifth inning. Renato Nunez went deep for the third time in the series with a two run shot in the eighth. Leonardo Reginatto crossed the plate four times with his 3 for 4 performance.

Winter League Update - Lagares Slam Ties Series for Aguilas

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Dominican Republic

Juan Lagares grand slam in the fourth was enough to give Aguilas a 6-5 win over Gigantes and even the series at three apiece. Lagares drove in five of the six runs scored by Aguilas. The Gigantes put on a rally in the ninth, Jose Siri mashing a three run homer and Ronald Guzman making it back to back with a homerun. The Gigantes came up a run short. After giving up the two long balls, Neftali Feliz was able to get out of the inning to escape with the victory.

Puerto Rico

They were able to restart their second semi-final series, but it was not much of a game. Mayaguez pulverized the expansion team of last year Manati 30-8. Emmanuel Rivera went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two homeruns to drive in ten runs. Both his homeruns were three run shots in the fifth and sixth innings. Ivan Dejesus Jr. walked six times, but still got two hits to drive in four runs and score five. Kennys Vargas also went deep twice and drove in five runs.


Williams Astudillo slapped around five hits in six at bats, including a double and homerun to lead Caribes to an 11-2 win over Magallanas. They now lead the series two games to one. Luis Sardinas drove in three runs on three hits, two of them doubles.

Gorkys Hernandez three run homer in the seventh inning broke open a tight game leading Lara to an 8-4 win over Aragua. Lara leads that series two games to one.


Both teams tethered together 14 hits but it was Hermosa that won the game 8-6. They now lead the series three games to two. Robinson Leyer pitched two shutout innings to earn a save, his second of the series. Julian Leon smashed a two run homer and Yadiel Hernandez hit a solo shot to lead the Hermosa offense.

Obregon lived another day with their 6-2 win over Culiacan. The Yaquis strung together 15 hits including four each from Carlos Sepulveda and Dariel Alvarez. Leandro Castro added three hits, including a solo shot in the ninth, three runs scored and two driven in.

Gigantes One Win Away From Series Del Caribe

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Dominican Republic

Richelson Pena threw seven innings of shutout three hit ball to put the Gigantes within one win of the Series del Caribe with the 5-0 win. Gigantes also got solo homeruns from Juan Francisco and Peter O’Brien in the fourth inning. Jose Siri also added a solo shot in the fifth inning. Ronald Guzman went 4 for 5 to increase his average to .588.


Courtney Hawkins slugged a two run homer in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie to give Monterrey a 5-3 win over Hermosa, their first victory in the three games. The bullpen of the Sultanes shut out Hermosa for the final three innings, Jeff Johnson pitching the ninth inning, striking out three for the save. Paulo Orlando had crushed in two run double in the fifth inning to give Monterrey a 3-0 lead. Jose Cardona tied it with one swing in the sixth with a three run homer.

Obregon also won their first game with a 5-2 win over Culiacan. A three run explosion in the first proved the difference in the game, fueled by a two run homer from Victor Mendoza and an RBI double from Jonathan Aranda. One of the hottest hitters for Culiacan came up with the bases loaded and two outs representing the winning run and grounded out. Castillo was 3 for 4 for the game and hitting over .700 with 8 RBIs coming into the at bat. Leandro Castro contributed a solo homerun for Obregon in the fifth.


An 11 run ninth inning gave Lara a 19-10 win over Aragua. Lara managed only 12 hits, but they equaled that number in the walks. Lara nickled and dimed the pitching staff with five singles, four walks and two hit by pitches in the 11 run ninth. They hit two doubles later in the inning. Osman Marval, Yordanys Linares and Cesar Puello each scored three times. Linares also drove in three runs and Puello walked four times in five at bats. Cesar Hernandez also walked four times.

Roel Santos, the speedy leadoff hitter from Cuba, finished the day 5 for 5 with one double, two triples and five RBIs for Aragua. Ronald Belasario could only retire two hitters before coughing up six runs to blow the save.

Magallanas also won their first game over Orientes with a 4-1 win. The Navegantes used seven different pitchers to secure the win. Three solo homeruns proved the difference in the game, hit by Leonardo Reginatto in the first, Danny Vasquez in the eighth and Renato Nunez also in the eighth. Vasquez also went 3 for 4 with two doubles.

Winter League Playoff Update - Nail biters in Venezuela

Friday, January 15th, 2021

The Dominican Republic and Mexico had off days. Puerto Rico appears to be in corona virus lockdown. So the only two games played were in Venezuela, where both were nail biters. Both losing teams from the opening series won, leaving each series at one win and one loss.

Magallanas scored in the opening frame in their game against Caribes after a Cade Gotta leadoff double. He scored after two groundouts. Caribes tied it in the second inning with an RBI double by Jesus Sucre. The winning hit came in the fourth after an RBI single by Alberth Martinez single. After that the bullpens took over keeping the game scoreless the Caribes were on the winning end 2-1.

Wilfredo Boscan survived five innings, giving up the one run to get the win. Four relievers followed, each working one shutout inning. Jorge Rondon took charge of the final inning to pick up the save. Andres Machado gave Caribes seven innings, scattering nine hits but giving up the two runs to take the loss.

In the other game, Lara rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead. A fielding error by Cesar Hernandez allowed two runs to score giving Aragua the lead and the eventual 5-4 win. Ronald Belasario, who retired two batters in the eighth came on in the ninth to finish the game to secure the victory.

Gorkys Hernandez mashed a solo shot in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth for two RBIs in a losing cause for Lara. Yordanys Linares also contributed a solo shot, his in the eighth. Aragua got a solo homerun from Ramon Cabrera in the second inning. Alexi Amarista went 2 for 3 with two walks, a double and a critical two run single in the third.