Winter League Playoff Update

Puerto Rico teams did not play. The only games were the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Dominican Republic

Estrellas won a game, beating Gigantes 7-6 to put the series at two games to one. A four run seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie. Fernando Tatis Jr. mashed a two run triple into right field to break the tie. Robinson Cano drove in Tatis with a single to add to the onslaught. A fourth run scored on a steal of second, the catcher throwing the ball into centerfield to allow Cano to trot home from third.

Gigantes mounted a comeback scoring two in the ninth to pull within one. Oneil Cruz had an RBI double and later scored on a ground out. Jose Siri struck out with the tying run on first. Jose Siri finished the game 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs, but fell short at the end. Oneil Cruz went 3 for 4 in the game and is now hitting .571.

Lewin Diaz was the hitting star for Estrellas with a perfect 3 for 3. The first three hitters in the Estrellas lineup, Jeremy Pena, Fernando Tatis Jr and Robinson Cano each went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Tatis had a double and triple with two runs driven in.

In the other game Aguilas went up on Toros two games to one with their 4-1 win. Yuenesky Maya threw five shutout innings, allowing just three hits. The bottom three in the Aguilas order, Robel Garcia, Francisco Pena and Edmundo Sosa each drove in a run.

Mexico

Mazatlan prevented a four game sweep with their 7-6 win. Hermosillo rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth, but Alejandro Soto came on to strike out Yadiel Hernandez with the tying run at third to earn the save. Isaac Paredes drove in three runs for Mazatlan. Ricardo Valenzuela hit a two run homer in the fourth.

Mexicali evened their series at two games apiece with their 8-0 drubbing of Monterrey. David Reyes slung seven innings of shutout ball to get the win. Luis Juarez slammed a two run homer and finished the game with five RBIs. Daniel Castro was a perfect 4 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs.

Guasave evened their series with Culiacan with a 2-1 win. Culiacan strung together 13 hits but only one runner could cross the plate. They also made three errors proving to be the difference in the game. Alan Lopez roped the go ahead single in the seventh inning to break the 1-1 tie. Edgar Arredondo carried a two hitter through 6.1 innings for Culiacan. Geno Encina retired the four outs he needed to pick up his second save of the playoffs. Culiacan had a wasted 5 for 5 effort from Joey Meneses.

In the last game Obregon went up three games to one over Jalisco with their 6-4 win. Leandro Castro went 4 for 5 with one run scored and Juan Carlos Gamboa drove in three runs with his 3 for 4 performance. Alonzo Harris had an eighth solo shot for Obregon. Jalisco scored two in the ninth to make the game close.

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