VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP) CARIBES DE ANZOATEGUI 4, TIBURONES DE LA GUAIRA 3 CURRENT INDIAN Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 3-4, 1 CS – Monasterio keeps getting better and better […]
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 3-4, 1 CS – Monasterio keeps getting better and better as the Venezuelan season has gone on. He started the campaign with a pair of one-hit games on Sunday and Tuesday, followed that up with a two-hit Wednesday, and has progressed to three-hit efforts the past two nights. This has resulted in a 1.279 OPS despite only having one each of extra-base hits (a double) and walks. That’s what a .588 batting average will do for you. He will be exciting to watch in Columbus or Akron next summer, to say the least.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Romero scored the Caribes’ first run of the game after reaching on a first-inning walk. The walk extended his on-base streak to six games despite his hitting streak ending at four contests.
Ezequiel Carrera (starting RF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 1-3 – While Friday night was uneventful for Carrera, he has had a solid LVBP season so far, slashing .320/.346/.400 and getting a hit in five of his seven games played.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara): 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP – Despite going hitless, Rivero reached base twice in his Venezuelan season debut, although he probably wasn’t too crazy about how he got on base on one of those occasions.
Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara): W (1-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K – Yes, this is technically a “right place, right time” win, but his dominance on the mound on Friday made Gomez’s first individual victory of the Venezuelan campaign a well-deserved one. Yapson remains unscored upon on two hits and a walk in five games while striking out four in six innings (all the Ks have come in his last three outings/4,1 IP). Friday was also his longest appearance of the season (only the second time he started a second frame and the first time he’s completed it).
Alsis Herrera (SP, Leones del Caracas): L (0-1), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 K, 1 HBP – Herrera kept the game a scoreless tie through four frames, but a three-hit fifth yielded a pair of runs, kickstarting the Tigres offense, which would score in each of the next two innings, and ending Alsis’ evening on the mound. This marks the second time in as many starts this season that he has allowed a pair of runs. Whether this outing marks an improvement is hard to say. Unlike in his season debut, he completed five full innings (4.1 in his first start), but he doubled his hits allowed total from Sunday’s performance.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Charlie Valerio (backup C, Leones del Escogido): 0-1, 1 R, 1 HBP – Valerio reached base for the first time this season on a seventh-inning hit by pitch and went on to score his first run of the season on a night that saw him record only his second official at-bat in four games played in the current Dominican campaign.
Jairo Asencio (RP, Tigres del Licey): 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – Asencio continued his pattern of alternating scoreless and one-run outings with this solid ninth on Friday.
Melky Cabrera (starting LF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 1-4, 1 RBI – The good news: Cabrera has gotten a hit in seven of his eight games played this season. The bad news: He has exactly one hit in each of those games, resulting in a .212/.212/.212 slash line.
Robel Garcia (2B, Aguilas Cibaenas): 2-4, 1 K – Garcia, who has also struggled at the plate, picked up his first multi-hit game of the LIDOM campaign in his twelfth outing of the season.
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LPB)
Audy Ciriaco (3B/1B, Caimanes de Barranquilla): 0-4, 1 K, 1 E – Ciriaco has had a rough start to the Colombian season, going 1-fo-19 (.053) with a walk (.100 OBP) and five strikeouts while grounding into a pair of double plays. He has played in all five of the Caimanes’ games this season. On the plus side, he has scored a run.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (starting SS, Tomateros de Culiacan): 0-4, 2 K – Despite going hitless in three of his last five games, Chavez is still slashing.333/.406/.433 with eight RBI and a 9:11 K:BB ratio in 24 games this season.
Brennan Bernardino (RP, Charros de Jalisco): S (6), 1 IP, 1 h, 1 R (earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed – Despite allowing a two-out solo shot to Venados CF Anthony Giansanti, Bernardino held on with an otherwise flawless effort to pick up his sixth save of the season.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – Choice’s three-run homer wrapped up a five-run second that effectively ended the game early. Michael’s power numbers for the LMP season now stand at six home runs, 18 RBI, and a .169 ISO.