There weren’t as many shining performances on Saturday. A lot of former and current Indians’ players are starting to cool off after hot starts to their Winter Leage season. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Johnathan Rodriguez (RF, Atenienses de Manati) – 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO – After getting off to a blistering start in the LBPRC it looks as if Rodriguez is slowing down a the plate. He’s collected just one hit and struck out three times over his last eight at-bats.
Joab Gonzalez (2B, RA12) – 0-4 – Gonzalez had a chance to make the second inning a big one as RA12 had already scored one run and he had chance to pile on more some more runs with runners at first and third and two outs. Instead he grounded into a force-out at second base.
Jonathan Laureano (1B, RA12) – 0-4, 2 SO – Laureano didn’t fare any better in Saturday’s game. It’s been a cold start to the LBPRC this year for the first baseman.
Hector Hernandez (SP, Indios de Mayaguez) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO – The southpaw was dominant on Saturday against RA12. Hernandez’s only real challenge came in the second inning after a RBI-double by Jorge Romero and two-out walk to Kevin Escalante but he wiggled out of trouble by getting Gonzalez to ground out.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara) – 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO – The third baseman’s on-base streak has been extended to eight games but other than that it was a quiet day at the plate.
Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes de Magallanes) – 0-4 – It was another bad day at the plate for the right fielder. It feels safe to say Carrera has cooled off considerably since his fast start in the Venezuelan League.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Anthony Gose (RP, Toros del Este) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – Gose lost the shutout on a one-out home run to center field by Seuly Matias.
Yasiel Puig (CF, Toros del Este) – 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO – Puig helped stake Toros del Este out to an early lead as he built on a big first inning with a RBI-double to make it a three-run lead.
Abraham Almonte (LF, Toros del Este) – 1-5, 1 R, 3 SO – Almonte was the third run to score in the first inning and crossed home plate on Puig’s run-scoring double.
Sandy León (C, Tigres del Licey) – 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO – León’s big hit came in third inning when he socked a two-run homer to right field to close the gap to just one run.
Francisco Mejia (C, Estrellas Orientales) – 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO – The former Indians’ top catching prospect tied the game in the eighth inning on a RBI-single as a part of a two-run frame to put Estrellas Orientales in the lead for good.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Jeff Johnson (RP, Sultanes de Monterrey) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – Johnson came on to pitch in the eighth after Fredy Quintero squandered Sultanes de Monterrey’s lead and gave up four runs on five hits. Aside from giving up a one-out single Johnson finished off the inning without any further damage.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 0-3, 1 BB – Right now it seems like it’s all or nothing for Choice. He’ll either crank out an extra-base hit or go hitless.
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LPB)
Dayan Frias (2B, Vaqueros de Monteria) – 1-2 – Frias came off the bench to replace Jose Brizuela in the sixth inning. He picked up a base hit in the eighth inning and moved the lead runner to third base and Meybri Viloria brought the run home after getting drilled by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Daniel Aguilar (LF, Gigantes de Barranquilla) – 0-4 – Aguilar had an uneventful day at the plate on Saturday.
Jhon Pelufo (RP, Vaqueros de Monteria) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – Pelufo was summoned from the bullpen in the seventh inning with a runner at third base and no outs. He retired the next two batters to strand the runner.
Gaspar Palacio (PR-2B, Tigres de Cartagena) – 0-3, 1 R, 2 SO – Palacio came in to pinch-run for Carlos Arroyo in the second inning and came around to score on a RBI-single by Joseph Manuel.
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Caimanes de Barranquilla) – 0-4, 1 SO – Ciriaco was slated to be the third batter in the ninth inning but was pinch-hit for by Connor Panas.