Home runs by Twins in the Venezuelan League playoffs.
A big day for Logan Wade.
Several Twins had good days.
Lots of runs down under.
Kennys Vargas was the only Twin to play.
The Twins action was in the Puerto Rican League.
A big day for Logan Wade.
Willians Astudillo goes deep. We missed that the Puerto Rican League started January 5--we've added the results of those games to that day's report.
Twins: Gregorio Petit (Caracas) was 0-for-3. Willians Astudillo (Anzoategui) was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.
LARA 5, ZULIA 2 IN ZULIA
Rangel Ravelo's two-run single in the seventh broke a 2-2 tie. Henry Urrutia was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Ildemaro Vargas was 3-for-4 with a walk. Nestor Molina pitched 5.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk and striking out four. For Zulia, Hector Gimenez was 3-for-5 with a home run.
Lara leads the series 3-1.
CARACAS 7, ARAGUA 1 IN ARAGUA
Anzoategui scored four in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Trayvon Robinson was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Felix Perez was 3-for-5. Cory Riordan pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk and striking out two.
Caracas leads the series 3-1.
ANZOATEGUI 9, MAGALLANES 8 IN ANZOATEGUI
Magallanes led 8-2 after six. Anzoategui scored three in the seventh and four in the ninth to win. Luis Jimenez hit a three-run walkoff homer with two out in the ninth. Jimenez was 2-for-4 and the home run was his second of the playoffs. Rafael Ortega hit a three-run homer. Willians Astudillo hit a two-run homer. For Magallanes, Jesus Valdez was 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk and drove in four. Ronny Cedeno was 1-for-2 with a double and three walks.
Anzoategui leads the series 3-1.
CULIACAN 5, JALISCO 4 IN JALISCO
Culiacan scored three in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. It stayed 5-1 until the ninth, when Jalisco scored three and had the tying run on base with one out, but a double play ended the game. Ali Solis hit a three-run homer for Culiacan. Anthony Vasquez pitched eight innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks and striking out three. For Jalisco, Japhet Amador was 2-for-4 with a home run.
Culiacan leads the series 3-2.
MAZATLAN 5, MEXICALI 3 IN MAZATLAN
Mazatlan trailed 3-2 when Brian Hernandez hit a three-run homer in the seventh to put them in the lead to stay. Hernandez was 2-for-4. Aneury Tavarez was 3-for-3. Carlos Munoz was 0-for-1 with three walks. Roy Merritt pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks and striking out three. For Mazatlan, Javier Solano pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk and striking out five.
Mexicali leads the series 3-2.
NAVOJOA 4, HERMOSILLO 3 IN HERMOSILLO
Trailing 3-2, Jesus Castillo hit a two-run double in the seventh to give Navojoa the lead to stay. Randy Arozarena was 4-for-4 with a double and a walk. Castillo was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, driving in three. Eddie Gamboa pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two unearned runs on four hits and a walk and striking out one. For Hermosillo, Barry Enright pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk and striking out three.
Navojoa wins the series 4-1.
LICEY 7, GIGANTES 1 IN LICEY
Licey scored in five of their eight innings, building a 7-0 lead before the Gigantes got on the board in the ninth. Donovan Solano was 3-for-5 with a double. Pedro Echemendia pitched six shutout innings, giving up one hit and one walk and striking out five. For the Gigantes, Garabez Rosa was 3-for-3. Kevin McGovern struck out five in 4.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks.
ESCOGIDO 4, AGULIAS 1 IN ESCOGIDO
Escogido scored three in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. Jonathan Castellanos pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks and striking out four. For the Aguilas, Michael Roth pitched four innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and striking out one.
Twins: Logan Wade (Brisbane) was 1-for-6 with a run.
CANBERRA 12, MELBOURNE 3 IN MELBOURNE
Canberra scored six in the third to take a 7-0 lead and never looked back. Gabriel Arias was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Lake Bachar struck out six in six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. For Melbourne, Brett Cumberland hit a home run, his sixth, and Tyler Neslony hit a home run, his fourth.
BRISBANE 14, SYDNEY 1 IN SYDNEY
Brisbane led 2-1 through four, but they scored three in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the seventh, and three in the eighth. Wade Dutton was 3-for-6 with a double and a home run, his sixth. Donald Lutz was 2-for-3 with a home run (his ninth) and four RBIs. Tim Atherton struck out five in four innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk.
ADELAIDE 8, PERTH 6 IN ADELAIDE
Adelaide scored five in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth to build an 8-1 lead. Kuan-Jen Chen was 3-for-5. For Perth, Alex Hall was 3-for-4 with a walk.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
CAROLINA 2, MAYAGUEZ 0 IN MAYAGUEZ
Carolina scored single runs in the second and sixth. Giovanni Soto pitched six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out five. For Mayaguez, Jorge Lopez struck out seven in six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits.
SANTURCE 6, CAGUAS 2 IN SANTURCE
Santurce took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly and scored three in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Edwin Gomez was 3-for-3 with a walk. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. was 3-for-4. Adalberto Flores pitched six innings, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks and striking out five.
ZULIA 5, LARA 2 IN ZULIA
Jose Pirela hit a two-run homer in the first and Zulia led all the way. Mitch Lively pitched seven innings for Zulia, giving up one run on two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Zulia wins the best-of-seven series 4-1 and wins the Venezuelan League Championship.
LICEY 5, AGUILAS 2 IN LICEY
Leading 1-0, Licey scored four in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Yamaico Navarro hit a solo homer and Mel Rojas hit a two-run homer in the inning. Danny Santana was 0-for-3 with a walk for the Aguilas. Kennys Vargas was 0-for-4 for the Aguilas. Evan MacLane pitched seven shutout innings for Licey, giving up four hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Emilio Bonifacio was 3-for-4 for Licey.
Licey leads the best-of-nine series 4-2.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
CAGUAS 6, SANTURCE 5 IN CAGUAS (12 INNINGS)
With two out and no one on in the twelfth, David Vidal reached on a two-base error and scored on Henry Ramos' single to win the game and the series. Orlando Roman pitched 4.2 innings for Caguas, giving up one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Ricardo Gomez retired all eleven men he faced for Caguas, striking out six. Ramos was 3-for-5 with a double and a walk, scoring twice.
Caguas wins the best-of-nine series 5-3 and wins the Puerto Rican League Championship.
MEXICALI 6, LOS MOCHIS 1 IN MEXICALI
Jason Bourgeois hit a two-run single in a three-run fifth that put Mexicali up 4-0 and left them in control of the game. Javier Solano pitched 6.2 innings for Mexicali, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with one strikeout. Bourgeois was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.
The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.
BRISBANE 8, CANBERRA 5 IN CANBERRA
Trent Oeltjen hit a three-run homer in a four-run fifth that put Brisbane ahead 4-1. They never led by less than three after that. Aaron Whitefield was 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs and is batting .352 for Brisbane. Logan Wade was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run for Brisbane. Rick Teasley pitched six innings for Brisbane, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks with two strikeouts.
SYDNEY 5, ADELAIDE 4 IN ADELAIDE
Sydney scored two in the fifth on a bases-loaded force out to take a 5-3 lead. Adelaide got one back in the bottom of the fifth but only got one hit after that. Todd Van Steensel struck out two in a scoreless inning for Sydney, giving up a hit and a walk. Jacob Younis was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
*Games played January 26. It's timey-wimey.
ZULIA 8, LARA 7 IN ZULIA (10 INNINGS--COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME)
Well, that didn't take long. When we left this game yesterday, it was 7-7 and Zulia had men on first and third with two out in the bottom of the tenth. The first batter once the game was resumed, Ali Castillo, singled to bring home the winning run. Carlos Hernandez struck out seven in 6.2 innings for Zulia, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks. Mario Lisson and Ronny Cedeno each homered for Zulia.
Zulia leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.
LARA 3, ZULIA 1 IN ZULIA (SCHEDULED GAME--11 INNINGS)
Ildemaro Vargas delivered a two-out two-run single in the eleventh to keep Lara alive. Omar Bencomo pitched five innings for Lara, giving up one run on four hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Denis Phipps was 4-for-5 with a double and a run for Lara. Carlos Rivero hit a home run for Lara.
Zulia leads the best-of-seven series 3-1.
LICEY 7, AGUILAS 0 AT AGUILAS
Juan Francisco homered to start a three-run Licey second and that was all they needed. Kennys Vargas was 2-for-3 for the Aguilas. Danny Santana was 0-for-4 for the Aguilas. Cesar Valdez pitched 6.1 scoreless innings for Licey, giving up three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Donovan Solano was 3-for-5 with a double and a run for Licey. Francisco was 3-for-5 and also had a double, driving in three.
Licey leads the best-of-nine series 3-2.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
No games scheduled. Caguas leads the best-of-nine series over Santurce 4-3.
LOS MOCHIS 6, MEXICALI 5 IN MEXICALI (11 INNINGS)
Los Mochis scored four in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead, but Mexicali got three in the eighth to tie it 4-4. Saul Soto's two-run single in the eleventh put Los Mochis up 6-4. Mexicali got one in the bottom of the eleventh and had the tying run on base with none out, but could not advance him past second. Leandro Castro was 2-for-5 with a double and a walk for Los Mochis, scoring once and driving in one. Roy Merritt pitched seven innings for Los Mochis, giving up one run on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Los Mochis leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
No games scheduled.