Archive for January, 2016

Santurce Takes the Puerto Rican Championships

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Jorge Martinez and three relievers silenced the Mayaguez Indios bats on four hits for nine innings in a 2-0 win to take the championship series four games to two. Jose Constanza ande Neftali Soto contributed RBI singles in the sixth inning to drive in the only two runs for Santurce. The Crabbers bullpen of Frank del Valle, Luis Santos and Ricardo Gomez retired all 12 hitters they faced. Del Valle pitched two innings to get credit for the victory. Gomez pitched the ninth inning and earned his eighth save of the round robin.

Adelaide Takes First Bite in Australian Semi-Final Playoffs

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Travis Demeritte went deep twice to lead the Adelaide Bite to a 6-4 opening semi-final playoff round win over the Canberra Cavalary in a best of three series. The ravenous Demeritte actually took four big bites in the game. His first was an RBI double in the second inning to tie the game at 2-2. He was given a free bite after taking a bases loaded walk in the third to up the lead to 4-2. His last two bites were solo shots in the sixth and eighth to keep the lead intact. Travis finished the day a perfect 3 for 3 with four runs driven in.

Ryan Miller hit a two run homer for the Cavalry in the second to take an early 2-0 lead. Brian Grening could not hold the lead, giving up five runs in his five innings of work.

Tom Brice contributed three hits for Adelaide, scoring twice and driving in one run. Loek Van Mil retired all seven hitters he faced to pick up the save.

The winner of this series faces the Brisbane Bandits for the Australian championship. The champion represents Australia in the Asian Series, if they have a sponsor at the end of the season this year. Last year there was no Asian Series. Australia, represented by Canberra were the last defending champs.

Aragua to Represent Venezuela in Series del Caribe

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Aragua mashed Magallanes 8-2 to win their best of seven series in six. They did it with the long ball, Alfredo Marte hitting the first of his two homeruns in the opening frame, a two run shot that would give Aragua an early 2-0 lead. Carlos Sanchez hit a two run blast in the seventh and Alfredo Marte made it back to back with a solo shot to put the game out of reach 6-2.

Dariel Alvarez had four hits for Aragua and Alberto Callapso three, including an RBI single in the ninth. Carlos Sanchez scored three times, ahead of the Marte homer in the first, on his own shot in the seventh and after being hit by a pitch scored on the Callapso single in the ninth. The Tigres collected 14 hits in the game, leaving nine runners on base.

Each team used seven pitchers to get through the game, none of them lasting more than 4.1 innings. This is the second straight championship loss for Magallanes after being in the Series del Caribe the previous two years.

Bibens-Dirkx Puts Tigres One Win from Series del Caribe

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The veteran winter leaguer Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave the Aragua Tigres six innings of one run ball leading them to a 6-1 win over the Magallanes Navegantes. The win gives them a three to two lead in the championship series.

The Tigres scored early to give Dirkx a cushion. Sandy Leon drove in the first run with an RBI single in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1. A double by Alfredo Marte in the third broke the tie and gave the Tigres a 3-1 lead. That lead was expanded in the fourth on a two run double from Juniel Querecuto. Juniel led all hitters in the game with three hits.

Fuentes Again Leads Santurce to Win

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Reymond Fuentes blooped a single into right field to drive in the tying run in the fifth then doubled in the go ahead run in the seventh to give the Santurce Crabbers a 3-2 win over the Mayaguez Indios. Santurce is now one win away from making an appearance in the Series del Caribe, leading the series three games to two.

Mayaguez put two runners on in the ninth after two were out but Johnny Monell lifted a fly to left not deep enough to go over the fence and it was snagged for the third out. Ricardo Gomez picked up his seventh save of the playoffs despite walking the tying run to second. Adalberto Flores got the start and went five innings, giving up two unearned runs. Luis Santos was credited with the win pitching two shutout innings in relief.

Fuentes and Jorge Padilla finished the game with three hits each for Santurce.

WBC Australian Qualifier - Australian Roster

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

This is a qualifier set up for them to advance to the WBC. They will be the heavy favorites. Below is their roster as provided by Baseball America. There are a number of Australian Baseball League veterans on this team.

Catcher - Trent D’Antonio, Allan De San Miguel, Matt Kenelly, Mitchel Nilsson
Infield - James Beresford, Brad Harman, Luke Hughes, David Sutherland, Logan Wade, Stefan Welch
Outfield - Mitchell Dening, David Kandilas, Trent Oeltjen, Aaron Whitefield
left handed pitcher - Travis Blackley, Steven Kent, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Josh Tols,
right handed pitcher - Steven Chambers, Justin Erasmus, Sam Gibbons, Wayne Lundgren, Peter Moylan, Warwick Saupold, Ryan Searle, Matt Timms, Todd Van Steensel, Matthew Williams

Their best prospect may be Lewis Thorpe, a lefthanded pitcher for the Indians, but he will not participate. They will rely on veteran major league players Luke Hughes, Brad Harman, Peter Moylan and Ryan Rowland - Smith. Myworld watched Allan De San Miguel catch for the Bowie Bay Sox and witnessed Warwick Saupold pitch for the Perth Heat in Taiwan in the Asian Series. Travis Blackley had one of the better minor league seasons a player could have while pitching for the Seattle Mariners. Matt Kennelly and Mitchel Nilsson have relatives that have littered the minor league landscape with David Nilsson starring in the major leagues for a number of years.

Australia will be the prohibitive favorite to advance to the World Baseball Classic. They are the only team in this qualifier to have played in a Classic, the other teams only participating in qualifiers. Australia is 1-8 in the WBC and 46-51 in World Cups. They shocked the world with a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. That team had David Nilsson on their roster as well as Ryan Rowland - Smith and Trent Oeltjen from the current team. They are ranked 14th in the world in the baseball rankings.

WBC Australian Qualifier - New Zealand Roster

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Below is the roster for New Zealand as provided by Baseball America.

Catcher - Beau Bishop, Dewald de Klerk, Connar O’Gorman
Infield - Tyron Bartorillo, Scott Campbell, Jason Matthews, Boss Moanaroa, Alan Schoenberger
Outfield - Tim Auty, Daniel Bradley, Max Brown, Daniel Lamb-Hunt, Moko Moanaroa,
Left handed Pitching - Scott Cone, Jacob Curry, Nick Maronde
Right handed Pitching - Jimmy Boyce, Joe Boyce, Ben Cone, Kyle Glogoski, Benjamin Hughlon, Blair Johnstone, John Lee, Andrew Marck, Riki Paewai, Ben Thompson, Janie Wilson, Randy Yard

Lincoln Holdzkom starred in the 2012 qualifier when New Zealand lost in the finals to Taiwan. They went 2-2 in their first qualifier. His brother John Holdzkom is a top pitcher for the Pirates. Nick Maronde last appeared in the major leagues in 2014. Boss Moanaroa and his brother Moko played in the Red Sox minor league system. Boss still has major league ambitions and is one of the top sluggers in the Australian Baseball League.

New Zealand never participated in a World Cup competition so their entry into international baseball is fairly recent. They are rated 26th in the world but myworld thinks they have the best opportunity to upset Australia to advance to the World Baseball Classic.

WBC Australian Qaulifier - Philippines Roster

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Below is the roster of the Philippines, who will be managed by ex-major leaguer Tim Hulett.

Catcher - Edmer Del Socorro, Brad Haynal, Alfredo Olivares
Infield - Adriane Ros Bernardo, Brady Conlan, Jennald Pareja, Angelo Songco, Matt Vance, Joshua Wong
Outfield - Chris Aguila, Eric Farris, Ferdinand Liguayan, Juan Paulo Macasaet, Jonash Ponce, Diaz Vermon
Left handed Pitchers - Ernesto Binarao, Vladimir Eguia, Devon Ramirez, Clay Rapada, Jon Jon Robles
Right handed Pitcher - J.R. Bunda, Leslie Cabiling, Taylor Garrison, Austin Haynal, Romeo Jasmin, Ryan Juarez, Ronel Peralta, Kevin Vance

It would have been a coup if the Philippines had convinced Tim Lincecum to pitch for them, but he is coming off hip surgery so they will have to be happy with ex-major leaguer Clay Rapada, who pitched in the major leagues and will retire after this tournament. Chris Aguila was once a highly touted prospect who got some major league at bats. Eric Ferris has had 10 major league at bats, his last appearance in 2012. The best current player is probably Angelo Songco, who slugged 17 homeruns for the Independent League St. Paul Saints last year which at 27 years old got him a minor league contract with the Dodgers.

They have made one appearance in a WBC qualifier finishing 1-2. They were 0-7 during World Cup competition. The Philippines did have a professional league but myworld stopped following it, or it folded. They are rated 23rd in the World in the rankings. A win would be a surprise.

WBC Australian Qualifier - South African Roster

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

There will be a lot of baseball to be played in February with the Series del Caribe and the WBC qualifier in Australia scheduled for the month of February. Below is the roster for South Africa as provided by Baseball America.

Catcher - Kyle Botha, Kyle Ettisch
Infield - Shannon Ekermans, Wesley Hoskins, Anthony Phillips, Jonathan Phillips, Allan Randal, Brett Willemburg
Outfield - Kyron Bibis, Brandon Bouillon, Rowan Ebersohn, Benjamin Smith
Left Handed Pitching - Hein Robb,
Right Handed Pitching - Garth Cahill, Kieran Cree, Jared Elario, Kyle Gaddin, Dean Jacobs, Robert Lewis-Walker, Carl Michaels, Russel Oliver, Callan Pearce, Lloyd Stevens, Dylan Unsworth, Liam Vincent, Damian Wood

One of the better South Africans, Gift Ngoepe is on the Pirates 40 man roster and is not eligible to play. Dylan Unsworth might be the top player on this roster starting 13 games in AA for the Seattle Mariners (4-7, 4.34 ERA). Overall, South Africa has gone 2-38 in World Cups and 1-7 in World Baseball Classics. In the latest World Baseball rankings they are 29th. It would be an upset for them to advance to the World Baseball Classic in 2017.

Fuentes Puts Santurce One Win Away from Puerto Rican Championship

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Reymond Fuentes slipped a single into right field to score Jose Lozada with the game winner in a 4-3 13 inning win over Mayaguez. They now lead the series three games to two. Mayaguez had scored all three of their runs in the first two innings. In the last 11 innings the Crabber pitching staff would hold the Indios to just two hits, throwing a no hitter through nine innings at one point.

Trailing 3-1 the Crabbers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game. Reymond Fuentes started the inning with a double. Fuentes drove in the first run in the fifth inning with a single. After a change in pitchers Neftali Soto crushed a double off Kanekoa Texeira to pull the Crabbers to within one. With two outs Jose Lozada tied the game with an RBI single to right to score Soto.

Fuentes finished the day with four hits. Blake Tekotte collected three of the five hits for the Indios. The Santurce bullpen did not allow a hit to Mayaguez for eight consecutive innings. They allowed their first hit to Mayaguez in the top of the 13th. Mayaguez did not get a hit off Santurce starter Dicky Gonzalez in his last inning of work in the fourth inning, so the Crabbers completed a nine inning no hitter within this 13 inning game.