Winter League Update - Gigantes Continues to Roll

The Winter League playoffs continue. Mexico began their second round of the playoffs. Venezuela begins their playoffs today. Puerto Rico is a mystery as one of their playoff games had to be postponed because of the corona virus. Below is a summary of the games yesterday.

Gigantes 6 Aguilas 2

Aguilas scored a quick two runs but then Paolo Espino quieted them through six innings. Yunesky Maya was the starter for Aguilas. Moises Sierra got to Maya with a leadoff single in the second. Carlos Peguero followed with a double. Peter O’Brien drove in Sierra with a deep fly out to right field. Richard Urena tied the game with a single.

The Gigantes took the lead in the third inning, Jose Siri getting the inning started with a one out triple. Ronald Guzman drove him in with an RBI single. After that it was all Espino and the bullpen keeping the Aguilas bats silenced.

The Gigantes did add an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI double by Urena, his second RBI of the game. They added two more in the seventh on RBI doubles from Ronald Guzman and Kelvin Gutierrez. Jumbo Diaz came on in the ninth to close out the game.

The Gigantes now lead the series two games to none.

Culiacan 10 Obregon 7

This was a battle of the offense. Obregon jumped out to an early 5-2 lead after two innings. Dariel Alvarez sliced a two run single in the first and Obregon added three more in the second, two of them scoring on a Victor Mendoza two run double.

Culiacan came back to tie the game 5-5 with a three run fifth inning. Jessie Castillo hit a two run double to fuel the inning. Obregon responded with two of their own to take a 7-5 lead, the key hit a Leandro Castro two run single. Castro finished the game 3 for 5 with three RBIs.

Culiacan recaptured the lead in the fifth with three runs. Michael Wing hit a sacrifice fly and then Jessie Castillo had the big hit with a two run homer to give Culiacan the lead 8-7. Castillo finished the game with four RBIs.

The pitching showed up for the last 4.5 innings. Only Culiacan could score any runs, both driven in by Sebastion Elizalde, one on a solo blast in the seventh, and the other a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Sasagi Sanchez and Alberto Baldonado each pitched a perfect final two innings to secure the win.

Hermosillo 2 Monterrey 0

The second playoff game for Mexico was a sharp contrast to the first game, with pitchers dominating. Juan Pablo Oramas lasted seven innings, shutting out Monterrey on four hits while striking out eight. Romario Gil gave up two unearned runs in the third, but after that pitched six masterful innings. Isaac Paredes drove in both runs with a two run homer, after a two out error by shortstop Roberto Valenzuela allowed the third inning to continue. Robinson Leyer worked the ninth to earn the save, issuing a one out walk to Ricardo Serrano. Roberto Valenzuela came up in the ninth representing the tying run at the plate but popped out to short to end the game.

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