There wasn’t as much craziness on Wednesday as only three leagues were in action but there were plenty of familiar faces that played. IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LPBRC)
Hector Hernandez (SP, Indios de Mayaguez) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 SO – The southpaw got into trouble in the second as the first two batters reached base via walk but Hernandez’ defense picked him up as Edwin Diaz flied into a double play to left field. The left fielder threw out the lead runner at second base.
Saul Rivera (RP, Indios de Mayaguez) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO – Despite walking the leadoff batter Rivera didn’t pay the price as catcher Alan Marrero threw him out trying to swipe second base to end the fifth.
Giovanni Soto (RP, Criollos de Caguas) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO – The lefty wasn’t sharp as he gave Kennys Vargas a free pass to begin the second and then saw him reach second on a fielder’s choice groundout. Soto stranded him by retiring the next two batters.
Joab Gonzalez (2B, RA12) – 0-2, 2 SO – Gonazalez couldn’t build off his solid day at the plate from yesterday’s game.
Angel Lopez Alvarez (C, RA12) – 0-1, 1 BB, 1 SO – Alvarex also went quiet at the dish after having one of his best games in the LPBRC on Tuesday.
Johnathan Rodriguez (RF, Atenienses de Manati) – 0-1, 1 SO – Rodriguez came in to replace Jan Hernandez in right field as a defensive replacement during the sixth inning.
Jonathan Laureano (1B, RA12) – 1-1, 1 R, 1 BB – Laureano singled in the fifth and came around to score on a RBI-double by Wendell Marrero.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 2-4, 1 R – Monasterio represented the go-ahead run by leading off the ninth with a single. He came around to score on a bases-loaded walk by Cesar Valera.
Yonathan Mendoza (2B, Cardenales de Lara) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO – Mendoza scored in the first inning on a RBI-double by Yordanys Lianres after getting hit by a pitch.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara) – 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO – Rivero helped staked Cardenales de Lara to a two-run lead as he drove in Linares on a RBI-single in the first.
Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara) – 1.0 IP, 1 BS, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO – Gomez gave up a leadoff double and couldn’t work around it as the lead runner came around to score on a RBI-single. The southpaw got bailed out by his defense as Andruw Monasterio ended the inning by flying into a double play to left field.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 2-3, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO – Romero led off two innings with doubles but only came around to score once as he crossed home plate in the third frame on a fielding error. He then worked a walk in the ninth to load the bases with just one out to pave the way for Valera to walk it off.
Henry Martinez (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui) – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO – The righty was on the ropes early as he issued a leadoff walk to Gorkys Hernandez and then put runners at the corners with just one out. Martinez got pulled from the game but Hernandez came around to score on a RBI-single by Osman Marval off Liarvis Breto.
Juan Apodaca (C, Tiburones de La Guaira) – 0-1, 1 BB, 1 SO – Apodaca was a handful of batters on Tiburones de La Guaira whom struggled at the plate as the team totaled a mere two hits all game.
Alex Monsalve (C, Tigres de Aragua – Game 1) – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R – Monsalve led off both the second and sixth innings with exta-base hits and that resulted in Tigres Aragua scoring in both frames.
Elvis Araujo (SP, Aguilas del Zulia – Game 1) – 1.2, 3 H, 3 R/2 ER, 3 BB – Araujo began the game on shaky footing as the leadoff batter reached base thanks to a fielding error. Things just snowballed from there as he surrendered a two-run first frame then loaded the bases in the second and walked home a run before getting the hook.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (SS, Tomateros de Culiacan) – 1-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Chavez doubled the lead for Tomateros de Culiacan in the second on a RBI-single. Mateo Gil then replaced him at short to begin the fifth inning.
Michael Choice (RF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 0-4, 2 SO – Choice had a chance to bring some runs in the eighth with runners at the corners and just one out but ended up striking out.