It was an extremely busy day in the LVBP on Thursday. Several former Indians’ players had big games. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Alex Monsalve (C, Tigres de Aragua) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB – The catcher only had one hit but it was a big one. Monsalve crushed a grand slam to put Tigres de Aragua up 6-4 in the third inning. That proved to be the difference-maker in the game.
Luis Oviedo (RP, Cardenales de Lara) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO – Oviedo was one out away from avoiding disaster after issuing a leadoff walk. Unfortunately a defensive miscue put runners at first and second with outs. The righty couldn’t work around it and surrendered two straight base hits and saw the lead cut to just one run before being yanked. Jesus Sanchez came on to try and end the threat but gave up a two-run triple to see Navegantes de Magallanes take back the lead.
Yohan Pino (SP, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO – Pino made one mistake pitch through the first three innings and that turned into a solo home run by Joantgel Segovia in the third frame. The wheels came off in the fourth inning when he put the first two runners on and paid for it as Gabriel Moreno took him deep for a three-run homer which in turn ended Pino’s day.
Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 SO – Carrera started the game off on the right foot as he singled in the first inning then swiped second base and came around to score to put Navegantes de Magallanes in the lead. He then flashes some extra-base power as he doubled in to center field in fifth frame.
Yonathan Mendoza (2B, Cardenales de Lara) – 2-4, 1 R – Mendoza got things kicking off in the fourth as he led off with a base hit to set the table for a big inning. The second baseman has been red-hot to start things off in the LVBP this winter.
Elvis Araujo (SP, Bravos de Margarita) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO – It was a pretty solid start for Araujo. His only blip of the game came in the third inning as he let the leadoff hitter reach base on a single to center field. A wild pitch and defensive error by the shortstop put runners at first and second with no outs. Both runners thanks to a sacrifice fly and RBI-single but Araujo retired the next seven batters to finish strong.
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO – Monasterio is having a heck of a time of the LVBP. He helped keep the train moving during the eight-run sixth frame for Caribes de Anzoategui and had three straight base hits to begin the game.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Romero came up big with a RBI-double in the third inning to cash in on Monasterio’s leadoff double and bring him home to tie the game. The third baseman is slowly but surely getting things going at the plate.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (SS, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO – Chavez got his team going right off the bat as he led the game off with a walk to set the table for the heart of the order to take a two-run lead. He actually reached base safely twice within the first two frames.
Derrick Loop (RP, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – The southpaw came on in seventh inning with a runner on first and one out. Loop retired the only two batters he faced to strand the runner. He has been very reliable out of the bullpen for Tomateros de Culiacan.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 0-4, 2 SO – It was another uneventful game for Choice. He had a chance to extend the lead in the eighth inning with runners at the corners and two outs but grounded out.