Winter Leagues Report: Week 10

With the winter meetings taking center stage last week, it was time for the Winter League Report to step aside. This week, we are back to catch up with all the action in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Dominican Winter League

Toros del Este

Este failed to capitalize on ten hits Thursday, December 7, scoring only two runs as they fell 3-2 to Licey in ten innings. Dario Alvarez entered with two outs in the seventh and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Licey 3 - Este 2

On Wednesday, the Bulls coughed up five runs in the first innings and could not compete the rest of the way, losing 9-2 to Orientales. Dario Alvarez was the workhorse in the bullpen, blanking the Eastern Stars for 2.1 innings and striking out three, while giving up three hits and two walks. Orientales 9 - Este 2

 

Mexican Pacific League

Tomateros de Culiacan

The Tomateros kept themselves in second half contention on Tuesday, December 5, with a 10-6 victory over Hermosillo. Ali Solis started at catcher and was 1-for-5 in the win. Culiacan 10 - Hermosillo 6

Culiacan continued to have their way with Hermosillo on Thursday, December 7,  as they beat the Orangemen 5-1. Once again, Ali Solis started at catcher and went 1-for-2 with two sacrifices. Culiacan 5 - Hermosillo 1

On Friday, December 8, the Tomato Pickers began a weekend series with Mexicali and eeked out a 1-0 win. Starting catcher Ali Solis wasn’t involved in the scoring but was 1-for-3 in the game. Culiacan 1 - Mexicali 0

In a tussle between two top second half teams on Sunday, Mexicali got the better of Culiacan in a 4-2 loss. Ali Solis once again went 1-for-3 for the Tomateros. Mexicali 4 - Culiacan 2

It was a big night for the Pickers on Tuesday, as the blasted Los Mochis 11-3. A three-run homer from Ali Solis in the third inning increased the lead to 8-2 at the time. Solis finished up going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored. Culiacan 11 - Los Mochis 3

  

Venezuelan Winter League

Cardenales de Lara

Some early runs for Lara on Wednesday, December 6, tempered a middle innings scare as the redbirds defeated Margarita 8-5. Williams Perez did not have one of his best outings, but still ended up with the win. Going 5.2 innings, Perez gave up five runs (four earned) on ten hits while recording only one strikeout. Lara 8 - Margarita 5

On Monday, Williams Perez was back in the groove as the Cardenales defeated Margarita 2-1. Going 4.1 innings, Perez gave up only one earned run despite issuing five walks and scattering five hits. Perez also struck out two batters during his outing. Lara 2 - Margarita 1

  

Caribes de Anzoategui

It has been a struggle for Anzoategui to reach the .500 level this season, and being swept on Saturday, December 9, in a doubleheader with Lara did not help. In a 10-0 loss in Game 2, Erick Castillo (1-for-3) started at catcher and had one of the Caribes’ four hits. Lara 10 - Anzoategui 0

Anzoategui could not put the game away on Friday, as yielding six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to Caracas led to an 11-8 loss. In the starting line-up at catcher, Erick Castillo was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Caracas 11 - Anzoategui 8

On Saturday, things finally went right to the Caribes, as two runs in the eighth inning put the game out of reach in a 5-2 victory over Aragua. An RBI single by Erick Castillo was responsible for the final tally as Castillo ended up 1-for 3 for the night. Anzoategui 5 - Aragua 2

 

Bravos de Margarita

Thursday, December 7, brought a doubleheader for the Bravos, as Margarita was swept with an 8-0 loss to Aragua in the nightcap. Eugenio Palma was given mop-up duty in the sixth and he had a strikeout in a scoreless inning. Aragua 8 - Margarita 0

 

Tigres de Aragua

Aragua has continued to keep themselves in the hunt for the VWL title despite a 5-1 loss to Magallanes on Wednesday. Carlos Penalver lined up at second base and was 1-for-3 in the loss. Magallanes 5 - Aragua 1

 

Australian Baseball League

Canberra Cavalry

This past Friday, Canberra ran into a buzz saw named the Perth Heat in losing 12-1. Outfielder Ryan Kalish had one of the six hits for the Cavalry, going 1-for-3 in the loss. Perth 12 - Canberra 1

 

 

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    Thanks again for these Tom. I know it's the winter leagues, but maybe we have something in Dario Alvarez. It's possible he could be a Duensing signing, one that really was unappreciated at the time but turned out very well.

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