Archive for January, 2016

Rodriguez with the Walk Off to Lead Magallanes

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Luis Antonio Rodriguez slapped the walk off single in the tenth to give Magallanes a 5-4 win and a two games to none lead in the series. Jose Martinez had started the inning with a walk, a bunt moved him to second and Aragua chose to walk Alex Romero intentionally to face Rodriguez. Big mistake.

Jorge Vazquez crushed a two run homerun in a four run sixth to give Aragua a 4-3 lead. Rodriguez also slapped an RBI single in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4, following a Alex Romero single that had moved Jose Martinez to third. Romero and Rodriguez each finished the game with four hits each hitting in the top two spots in the order, accounting for 8 of the Navegantes 12 hits.

Edgar Gonzalez had pitched five innings of one hit shutout ball for Magallanes. After his departure the bullpen imploded, erasing a 3-0 lead. Deolis Guerra ended up picking up the win when he worked a scoreless top of the tenth.

Lozado Leads Santurce to First Win

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Jose Lozada, hitting ninth in the order scored twice and drove in two runs with his two doubles and homerun to lead the Santurce Crabbers to a 5-2 win over Mayaguez and even their series at 1-1. Lozada drove in his two runs with a homerun in the eighth to provide insurance runs for Santurce. His leadoff double in the fourth led to the third run to give Santurce a 3-0 lead.

Kennys Vargas drove in both runs for Mayaguez, slamming a solo homerun in the sixth and producing a ground ball single in the seventh. After the solo homer from Vargas in the sixth the Indios loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Anthony Garcia pinch hit and popped out to end any possibility to tie the game. After the Vargas RBI single in the seventh, the Indios had runners on second and third with one out but two whiffs put an end to those hopes.

Jorge Martinez picked up his second win of the playoff going five plus innings. Ricardo Gomez worked the ninth to pick up his sixth save.

Meza Mesmerizes Mexicali

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Andres Ivan Meza worked five shutout innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five without walking a batter to give Mazatlan a 1-0 lead over Mexicali and a two games to one series lead in the championship. The four bullpen arms worked the final four innings, giving up five hits but preventing Mexicali from crossing the plate. Steven Hensley retired the last four hitters to pick up his fifth save of the playoffs.

Augustin Murillo drove in the only run in the opening frame with an RBI single to score Jeremias Pineda. Mexicali had their best chance to score in the sixth inning when they had runners on first and third with one out. Yuniesky Betancourt grounded into a double play to end that threat. They also failed to score in the eighth when they had a runner on third with one out. A ground out and strike out ended that potential rally.

Hector Daniel Rodriguez went the full eight innings for Mexicali, allowing only the first inning run. He also gave up five hits and struck out six.

Escogido One Win Away from Series Del Caribe

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Pedro Ciriaco smashed a clutch walk off single to give the Escogido Leones a 7-6 win and a four games to none lead in the series. The walk off single was set up by a Jimmy Paredes steal of second base and his advancement to third when the ball was thrown into centerfield.

Sebastian Valle had the big hit for Escogido with a grand slam in the third inning to give Leones a 5-2 lead. Licey rallied back with four in the fifth, bunching together five of their ten hits to take a 6-5 lead. A Leury Garcia single in the sixth tied the score at 6-6. For Leury it was his third hit of the game, tying him with teammate Moises Sierra for most in the game.

Carlos Fisher got the win, retiring the last two hitters. Frank Gailey pitched two perfect innings to get to the ninth inning. The Leones bullpen retired the last nine hitters they faced.

Cuba Series del Caribe Roster

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

The Ciego de Avila Tigres won the Nacional Series last year and will represent Cuba in the Series del Caribe in the Dominican Republic. Below is their roster (not all the players represent Ciego de Avila since teams can add players from other teams to strengthen their roster. Some players were drafted by Ciego de Avila in the round robin competition from last year or this year).

Catchers (3): Osvaldo Vázquez (Ciego de Avila), Yosvani Alarcón (Las Tunas) and Frank C. Morejón (Industriales)

Infielders (8): Ariel Borrero (Villa Clara/Ciego de Avila), Yorelvis Charles (Ciego de Avila), Raúl González (Ciego de Avila), Yeniet Pérez (Villa Clara/Ciego de Avila), Yorbis Borroto (Ciego de Avila), Yulieski Gourriel (Industriales), Yurisbel Gracial (Matanzas) and Yordan Manduley (Holguín)

Outfielders (6): Yoelvis Fiss (Ciego de Avila), José A. García (Ciego de Avila), Alfredo Despaigne (Granma), Guillermo Avilés (Granma), Stayler Hernández (Industriales) and Lourdes Y. Gourriel (Industriales)

Pitchers (11): Vladimir García (Ciego de Avila), Dachel Duquesne (Ciego de Avila), Yander Guevara (Ciego de Avila), Yenier Cano (Ciego de Avila), Vladimir Baños (Pinar del Río), Liván Moinelo (Pinar del Río), Yaifredo Domínguez (Pinar del Río), Miguel Lahera (Artemisa) and José A. García (Artemisa/Holguín)

Roster names courtesy of

baseballdecuba

Magallanes Buries Aragua in Venezuelan Opener

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Magallanes slugged three two run homers and buried Aragua in their championship opening series 14-3. Frank Diaz slugged the first two run homer in the third inning to give the Navegantes an early 4-0 lead. After the game was out of reach Felix Perez and Jairo Perez added two run homers in the eighth. Frank Diaz finished the game driving in four runs on three hits, falling a triple short of the cycle. Jairo Perez added three RBIs.

Aragua had pulled close with two runs in the fourth on an Alfredo Marte two run homer and another run in the fifth to close the gap to 4-3. Magallanes pulled away with a five spot in the bottom of the fifth, three walks in the inning setting up a Alex Romero two run double. Luis Antonio Rodriguez put the nail in the coffin with his two run single to finish the scoring in the fifth.

Sanchez Pitches Mayaguez to Opening Win

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

While myworld is buried in 20 inches of snow, Jonathan Sanchez is in Puerto Rico pitching the Mayaguez Indios to a 4-0 win over the Santurce Crabbers. Sanchez pitched five shutout innings, allowing just four hits, walking two and striking out seven. The bullpen of Giovanni Soto, Randy Fontanez and Alex Claudio pitched the final four innings to preserve the shutout, Soto going the first two innings and Claudio working the last inning.

Blake Tekotte led the offense with three RBIs. Tekotte drove in the second run with an RBI single in the second and hammered in the final two runs with a single in the sixth. Mayaguez scored their first run in the opening frame after a Jesmuel Valentin triple and a ground out.

Santurce had their opportunities to score early getting two men on in the first two innings and producing a two out triple in the third, but failed to deliver the big hit against Sanchez.

Escogido Rallies for Third Win Behind Pedro Lopez

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

The Escogido Leones scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Licey Tigres 3-2 to take a 3-0 lead in their championship series. Pedro Lopez was the big bat for the Leones. He drove in the first run for Escogido with an RBI single in the fifth, started the rally in the eighth inning with a single and drove in the game winner in the ninth with an RBI single. A double play ground out in the eighth scored Lopez with the game tying run in the eighth.

Carlos Fisher pitched the ninth inning to get the save for Escogido. Wandy Rodriguez, recently signed by the Astros to a minor league contract pitched six solid innings for Licey, allowing just one run on five hits. His bullpen could not protect the lead.

Australian Playoffs to Begin

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

When the new format for the Australian Baseball League came out five years ago, two teams have always made the playoffs. The Perth Heat have won four of the five championships in the ABL, but this year they find themselves sitting this playoff out. The Sydney Blue Sox, who have always appeared in the playoffs but never won a championship are also watching the festivities.

The Brisbane Bandits won the round robin series and earn the right to sit out and watch the two other teams battle to determine who will play the Bandits. Ryan Searle finished the season with 16 saves for the Bandits to break the ABL saves record. It is the first playoff appearance by the Bandits under the new format established five years ago. Brisbane last won a Claxton Shield championship in 1993/1994.

Canberra Cavalry, which is the only team other than Perth to win a championship will play the Adelaide Bite for the right to play a best two out of three series with the Bandits. Last year the Adelaide Bite won the round robin matches, but lost to Perth in the championships.

Santurce Defeats Caguas for Playoff Spot

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Both teams finished the season 5-7 tied for the second playoff spot. Mayaguez won the top spot in the round robin. Santurce won the play in game with a 1-0 win over Caguas, led by the six inning two hit performance by Adalberto Flores. Frank Del Valle tossed two innings of perfect relief, striking out one before turning the ball over to Ricardo Gomez, who pitched one inning of perfect relief, striking out two to pick up his fifth save.

Reymond Fuentes drove in the only run with an RBI single in the fifth. The Crabbers finished the game with 10 hits, getting a hit in every inning but one, eventually stranding eight baserunners.

Santurce will now play Mayaguez in a rematch from last year for the right to represent Puerto Rico in the Series del Caribe. Last year Santurce defeated Mayaguez to represent Puerto Rico in the Series del Caribe.