Winter League Playoff Updates

The Dominican Republic had the day off yesterday. Venezuela is still in regular season play. Below are the summaries of the winter league playoffs.

Puerto Rico

Games between Manati and Mayaguez continue to be postponed because of the corona virus. So the only playoff game played was between Caguas and RA12. For the second straight game RA12 was shutout, this time 4-0. Caguas now leads the series three games to none. Tommy Romero threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 10. Four different relievers finished the job, elevating the strikeout numbers to 15. Noel Cuevas went deep to lead off the seventh inning to provide the only runs Caguas really needed, but they scored two more runs in the inning on an RBI double from Jancarlos Cintron and an RBI single by Johneshwy Fargas. The first run was scored in the fourth inning when a wild pitch scored Isan Diaz.

Mexico

Monterrey (2) Mexicali (1)

Down in Mexico, Mexicali pulled out their first win, a 3-2 victory over Monterrey. It took 12 innings to snatch out the win. The winning run scored on a wild pitch. Monterey scored both their runs in the opening frame. Mexicali got a solo homer from Xorge Carrillo in the fifth to score their first run. He also got the single that eventually scored the pinch runner in the 12th. A wild pitch in the sixth scored the second run, tying the game. Isaac Jimenez pitched three shutout innings to get the win for Mexicali.

Obregon (2) Jalisco (1)

Obregon took a 2-1 lead in their series with a ten inning 3-2 win. The winning run scored without benefit of a hit. Carlos Sepulveda led off the inning with a walk, was balked to second and bunted to third. Victor Mendoza drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Victor Arano worked the bottom of the tenth inning to salvage the save. Both teams scored two runs in the fourth inning. Obregon did it with back to back homers from Sebastian Valle and Juan Carlos Gamboa. Gabriel Gutierrez drove in both runs for Jalisco with a clutch two out double.

Culiacan (2) Guasave (1)

Culiacan also went up two games to one on Guasave with their 6-1 win. Anthony Vasquez pitched 5.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run. He was supported by a pinch hit grand slam homerun by Francisco Lugo in the five run sixth to break the 1-1 tie, putting the game out of reach. Sebastian Elizalde hit a solo homerun in the fourth to score the first run.

Hermosillo (3) Mazatlan (0)

Mazatlan pitcher Matt Gage did not allow a hit in his six innings of work. He walked three. Claudio Vargas threw 5.2 innings of three hit shutout ball. The game was finally decided in the eighth on a Luis Alfonso Cruz RBI single to score the only run. The run was ruled unearned because a passed ball advanced a baserunner to third. Mazatlan is one win away from advancing in the playoffs.

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