COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LPB) GIGANTES DE BARRANQUILLA 8, VAQUEROS DE MONTERIA 4 CURRENT INDIANS Dayan Frias (PR, Vaqueros de Monteria): no plate appearances – Frias followed up an 0-for-3 season debut […]
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LPB)
Dayan Frias (PR, Vaqueros de Monteria): no plate appearances – Frias followed up an 0-for-3 season debut on Thursday with a ninth-inning pinch-running appearance replacing DH Alberto Callaspo following a walk. A strikeout and groundout ended the game with Dayan stranded at first.
Daniel Aguilar (LF, Gigantes de Barranquilla): 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E – Aguilar;s bunt single led off a five-run seventh that not only put the Gigantes in the lead, but also put the game out of the Vaqueros’ reach.
Jhon Peluffo (RP, Vaqueros de Monteria): L (0-1), 0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 WP – Remember that five-run seventh. Well, guess who was on the mound to start that inning…
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Caimanes de Barranquilla): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP, 1 E – Ciriaco scored a pair of runs, including the Caimanes’ only one before they matched the Tigres four-run top of the eighth in the bottom of the frame, but also comitted an error that extended the top of the eighth and allowed the fourth, and ultimately game-winning, Cartagena run of the inning to score.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Landy Pena (DH, RA12): 0-3, 2 K – Pena went hitless in his first full game of the season after walking and scoring a run as a pinch-hotter/backup 2B on Wednesday. As to the question of how the prospect-laden RA12 would hold up against more veteran-laden squads: The answer so far is not well. They, along with the Atenienses de Manti (the other team with current Indian prospects on their roster), are 0-4 while the leagues other two squads are undefeated. This pattern could continue for a couple of more days as the first matchups between the undefeated teams (and, correspondingly, between the winless sides) isn’t until Tuesday (Mondays are off days this season in the LBPRC).
Johnathan Rodriguez (RF, Atenienses de Manati): 1-5, 2 K – Rodriguez has playes in all four games so far and is slashing .278/.316/.333 with one double and a 3:1 K:BB ratio this season.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Andruw Monasterio (starting 2B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – Monasterio’s sixth-inning solo shot was his the Caribes’ lone homer of the game and his first of the season. Following Luis Oviedo’s selection in the Rule 5 draft, Monasterio is now the lone current Indians prospect in the LVBP.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Romero has reached base in twelve consecutive games following an 0-for-3 season debut and has four multi-hit games during his current six-game hitting streak. This has unsurprisingly resulted in a solid .341/.473/.364 slash line to go along with his 6:11 K:BB ratio.
Alsis Herrera (SP, Leones del Caracas): L (0-2), 3.2 IP, 8 h, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP – The season has not gone nearly as well for Herrera, who has allowed multiple runs in each of his three starts this season (only one was earned in his previous outing last Friday, however).
Juan Apodaca (C, Tiburones de La Guaira): 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 PB – In his third game of the season, Apodaca scored his first two runs of the Venezuelan campaign but also continued his season-opening passed ball streak.
Yonathan Mendoza (1B, Cardenales de Lara): 0-5, 2 K – Mendoza went hitless for a second straight night after recording a two-hit game in six of his previous eight. Despite his bat;s recent coldness, he is still slashing a stellar .325/.426/.550. Hopefully, this slump is not a sign of an undiagnosed injury and is merely a cooling-off from an unsustainably hot start to the LVBP season.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara): 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E – Rivero extended his season-opening on-base streak to seven games and is slashing a stratospheric .333/.517/.618. With the sum rounding up, that’s an 1.136 OPS!
Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara): 2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Gomez got the Cardenales out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, followed it up with a perfect seventh that began with a pair of strikeouts, and got the leadoff hitter in the eighth to cap off a spectacular night on the mound. Gomez has not been scored upon in ten innings of four-hit baseball with a 6:1 K:BB ratio through his first eight outings of the 2020-21 LVBP season.
Yohan Pino (SP, Navegantes del Magallanes): ND, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR allowed – Pino’s runs allowed (including unearned) continues to climb each game (three in his season debut, four in his last outing, and five last night). Not surprisingly, he currently has an 11.00 ERA and 2,00 WHIP next to his name.
Jose Rodriguez (RP, Navegantes del Magallanes): W (2-1), 2.1 IP, 1 H. 1 K – Jose-Rod came in to replace Pino and stopped the proverbial bleeding. Thanks to a mighty comeback effort from the Magallanes lineup, his herculean salvage efforts were rewarded with his second individual victory of the season. Unlike Pino, Rodriguez has had a solid start to his season, allowing only two earned runs in 7,1 innings through his first four games.
Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes del Magallanes): H (2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Vizcaya was one of three Navegantes relievers to earn a hold on Friday. The hit was only the fourth (and seventh baserunner overall) allowed this season by Anthony in 8,1 innings in eight games.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Melky Cabrera (starting LF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – Cabrera packed a lot of offense into a shortened game in the opener of Friday’s doubleheader. Not surprising from a guy with four multi-hit games in his last five (through Game 1).
Robel Garcia (2B, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-2, 1 BB,1 K, 1 SB – Garcia dropped below the Mendoza Line (.193) with this hitless effort.
Sandy Leon (C, Tigres del Licey): 0-3, 2 K – the Indians’ 2020 backup catcher went hitless for the fifth time in eight games this season.
Gabriel Arias (RP, Tigres del Licey): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 HBP – Arias’ recent struggles continued in Friday as he allowed a pair of hits in a third of an inning for the second time in three days.
Melky Cabrera (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-4 – Apparently, Melky used up all his hitting for the day in Game 1.
Vidal Nuno (SP, Aguilas Cibaenas): ND, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – Nuno struggled in his LIDOM season debut and understandably so, as it was his first competitive game since pitching for the Aguilas de Mexicali last winter in the Mexican Pacific League.
Abraham Almonte (LF, Toros del Este): 0-5, 2 K – Almonte, who played in his first game in three weeks, failed to reach base for the first time this season and remains hitless in three games, a trio of walks accounting for the entirety of his ,.231 on-base percentage and OPS.
Yasiel Puig (starting CF, Toros del Este): 0-2 , 2 BB, 2 K – Puig operated in the extremes of plate discipline in his LIDOM debut. It was not a surprising statline for a guy who’s last game action came in the 2019 season, when he played for both of Ohio’s major league clubs.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (PH, Tomateros de Culiacan): 0-1 – Chavez, who is slashing .318/.387/.402, was brought in for a desperately-needed shot of offense in the ninth, but instead lined out to first to end the ballgame.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali): 0-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP – Despite not getting a hit, Choice still scored one of the Aguilas’ two runs after getting hit by a pitch in the eighth.
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