Off-Season’s Greetings: Games of January 8

The Twins action was in the Puerto Rican League.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

JALISCO 7, CULIACAN 4 IN CULIACAN

Jalisco scored three in the third to break a 2-2 tie.  Culiacan came back with two in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to one, but that was as good as it got for them.  Agustin Murillo was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for Jalisco.  For Culiacan, Justin Greene was 3-for-5.

Jalisco wins the series 4-3.

That brings us to the next round.  I couldn't find confirmation of this, and winter league playoffs can be strange, but I think the next round will be Navojoa against Culiacan and Mexicali against Jalisco.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

AGUILAS 9, GIGANTES 0 AT AGUILAS

The Aguilas scored all of their runs in the first four innings, getting two, two, four, and one.  Danny Santana was 4-for-4 with a double.  Edwin Espinal was 3-for-4 with a home run (his second of the post-season) and three RBIs.  Ronny Rodriguez and Alfredo Marte each homered.  Yunesky Maya pitched five shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks and striking out two.

ESCOGIDO 5, LICEY 2 IN LICEY

Escogido scored four in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead and led the rest of the way.  Franchy Cordero was 3-for-4.  Irwin Delgado pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks and striking out one.

Licey, 7-2
Escogido, 5-4
Aguilas, 4-5
Gigantes, 2-7

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Twins:  Kennys Vargas (Mayaguez) was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run.  Dereck Rodriguez (Mayaguez) pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks.

MAYAGUEZ 4, SANTURCE 3 IN MAYAGUEZ

A two-out error plated two Santurce runs in the top of the ninth to tie it 3-3.  In the bottom of the ninth, a walk, a bunt, an intentional walk, an infield single, and a wild pitch brought home the winning run for Mayaguez.  Jesmuel Valentin was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.  Felix Baez pitched 3.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit and two walks with one strikeout.  For Santurce, Fernando Cruz pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks and striking out four.

CAGUAS 8, CAROLINA 7 IN CAGUAS

Caguas led 8-2 after four, but Carolina scored three in the seventh and one each in the eighth and ninth.  They had the tying run on second with one out in the ninth but could not advance him past third.   For Caguas, Rey Navarro was 3-for-5.  Ruben Gotay was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, driving in three.  Christian Colon was 1-for-4 with a walk and three runs.  Luis Gonzalez pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk and striking out one.  For Carolina, Anthony Garcia was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.  Aldemar Burgos was 3-for-5 with a triple.  Edwin Diaz was 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

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