Aragua 4, La Guaira 0 in La Guaira. The Tigres scored single runs in four innings. Alex Romero (Florida) led the offense with a triple and a home run. Joe Benson was 1-for-4 with a triple, scoring once. Deunte Heath (White Sox) worked five shutout innings, giving up three hits and four walks, to get the win. Victor Moreno got the save with 1.1 scoreless innings despite giving up two hits and a walk.
No other Twins played yesterday. Anzoategui shutout Lara 2-0, Caracas blanked Magallanes 5-0, and Zulia defeated Margarita 4-1.
The VWL takes Monday off. In Tuesday's action, Aragua is at Zulia, La Guaira is at Caracas, Magallanes travels to Lara, and Anzoategui is at Margarita.
Aragua 10, La Guaira 8 in Aragua. The Tigres lost a 5-1 lead but came back to win. Luis Hernandez led the way with two singles and a double. Luis Maza singled and tripled, Hector Gimenez singled and doubled, and Lastings Milledge had two hits. Joe Benson was 1-for-3 with a walk, scoring once and driving in one. Rich Rundles (St. Louis) gave up a hit but struck out three in a scoreless inning to get the win. Francisco Butto pitched a perfect ninth to get the save.
Magallanes 6, Caracas 5 in Caracas (12 innings). The Navagantes scored in the twelfth to win a see-saw game which featured eleven errors. Bryan LaHair (Cubs) led the way with two doubles and a single, driving in three. Kole Calhoun (Angels) had two singles and a double. Ezequiel Carrera (Cleveland) singled and doubled, and Jose Altuve (Houston) and Luis Landaeta each had two hits. Deolis Guerra did not give up a run in two-thirds of an inning for Magallanes despite allowing a hit and two walks. Clevelan Santeliz retired all four batters he faced, two by strikeout, to get the win. Pedro Guerra struck out one in a perfect twelfth to get the save.
In games in which no Twins played, Caribes defeated Lara 5-0 and Margarita trounced Zulia 13-2. Today, Aragua is at La Guaira, Lara at Anzoategui, Caracas at Magallanes, and Zulia at Margarita.
Caracas 7, Aragua 2. Joe Benson was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Oswaldo Arcia pinch-hit and struck out.
Lara 7, La Guaira 2. Rene Tosoni was 0-for-3.
Magallanes 8, Aragua 1. Joe Benson was 0-for-5. Josmil Pinto was used as a substitute but did not bat. Oswaldo Arcia pinch-hit and was 0-for-1.
LaGuaira 5, Lara 3. Rene Tosoni was 0-for-4.
Neither Aragua nor Lara played. No Twins players appeared in any of the other games.
Aragua 3, Magallanes 1. Joe Benson was 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk, scoring once.
Anzoategui 9, Lara 2. Jairo Perez was 1-for-3. Andrew Baldwin got the win for Anzoategui, going seven innings and giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk.
Who's hot: Andrew Baldwin is 1-0, 2.31, 0.69 WHIP in 11.2 innings (2 starts). Cesar Ciurcina is 0-0, 0.00, 0.30 WHIP in 3.1 innings (2 appearances). Deolis Guerra is 1-0, 3.86, 1.29 WHIP in 4.2 innings (3 appearances). Pedro Guerra is 0-0, 3.00, 0.83 WHIP in 8 innings (2 appearances, 1 start).
Who's in the middle: Joe Benson is hitting .240/.424/.360 in 25 at-bats. Jairo Perez is hitting .250/.400/.300 in 20 at-bats.
Who's cold: Rene Tosoni is hitting .235/.333/.235 in 34 at-bats.
Who's barely played: Josmil Pinton is hitting .000/1.000/.000 in 0 at-bats (walked in only plate appearance). Manuel Soliman is 0-0, 0.00, 2.00 WHIP in 1 inning (1 appearance). Junior Subero is 0-0, 9.00, 3.00 in 1 inning (1 appearance).
Magallanes is in first place in the VWL. La Guaira is second a half game out; Caracas is third, two back; Aragua is fourth, 2.5 games behind; Anzoategui is fifth, four games out; Lara is sixth, 4.5 games back; Zulia is seventh, five games behind; and Margarita is eighth, 5.5 games out of first.
The Tigres host Caracas tonight.
Aragua scored in five of the nine innings to defeat Caracas 6-1 in Caracas.
Alex Romero (Florida) and Joe Benson each had two doubles to lead the Tigres. Benson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Luis Hernandez singled and doubled, and Vinny Rottino had two hits. Yohan Pino (Toronto) got the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit.
No player for the Leones had more than one hit. The loss went to Victor Larez (Detroit), who surrendered four runs on six hits and a walk in 3.1 innings.
Around the league, Rene Tosoni was 1-for-5 and Jairo Perez was 0-for-4 with a walk as Lara fell to Magallanes 5-4 in 11 innings. Pedro Guerra struck out two in two perfect innings of relief for Magallanes, and Deolis Guerra worked a perfect eleventh to get the win. Anzoategui edged Zulia 4-3, and La Guaira beat Margarita 3-1.
Aragua hosts Magallanes this evening.
La Guaira broke a 4-4 tie with three in the fourth, then broke the game open with five in the fifth on the way to a 15-6 victory over Aragua in La Guaira.
Terry Tiffee led the way for the Tiburones, pounding out four hits including a double. Ehire Adrianza (San Francisco) had three hits including a double. Luis Rodriguez (Seattle) and Cesar Suarez each singled and doubled, with Rodriguez driving in four. Rafael Suarez (Colorado) got the win with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit.
Aragua was led by Alex Nunez, who had two singles and a double. Joe Benson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Raul Chavez (Mets) also had two hits. Josmil Pinto was used as a substitute and walked in his only at-bat. The loss went to Scott Drucker, who surrendered seven runs (six earned) on five hits and five walks in 3.1 innings.
Around the league, Rene Tosoni was 0-for-3 with a walk as Lara fell to Magallanes 5-0. Margarita defeated Caracas 1-0, and Anzoategui beat Zulia 3-0.
In one we missed, over in the Dominican Winter League Manuel Soliman made his debut Wednesday, walking two but pitching a scoreless inning as Escogido defeated Aguilas 13-3.
Aragua travels to Caracas this evening.