DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM) – SEMIFINALS TRAVEL DAY
While the Dominican circuit did not play on Tuesday night, I do have an update on a note from the Monday ATF. I spoke with Derrick Loop yesterday regarding the circumstances surrounding his move to the Gigantes del Cibao as a refuerzo.
It’s pretty straightforward. During the season, the Tomateros de Culiacan carried five import players. Two of them stayed on the active roster while three were rotated on and off the roster, including Loop. For the playoffs, the import limit increased to four, but rotating players was no longer an option and Loop was the odd man out. The Gigantes saw he was available and gave him an opportunity to continue his winter season in the Dominican Republic.
The interesting wrinkle is that Loop is a Mexican citizen and does not count against import limits in the summertime Mexican League, where he pitches for the Olmecas de Tabasco, but does count against the limits in the Pacific League, which counts naturalized citizens against the imports limit.
PANAMANIAN LEAGUE (PROBEIS) – SEASON CANCELED
PROBEIS has determined they cannot play a season given the Coronavirus restrictions in Panama and will send an All-Star team to the Caribbean Series.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC) PLAYOFFS – SEMIFINALS GAME 3 (BEST-OF-7)
NOTE: The semifinals series between the Indios de Mayaguez and Atenienses de Manati has been suspended after Game 1 due to positive Coronavirus tests. No word at this time when or if the series will resume.
Angel Lopez Alvarez (C, RA12): 0-4, 1 K – Through the first three games of the semifinals series, Lopez Alvarez is 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts.
Jonathan Laureano (1B, RA12): 0-3, 3 K – Laureano, who was RA12’s second-best hitter in the first two games of the series (.762 OPS second only to SS Glenn Santiago’s 1.000), had a rough Game 3, posting the hat trick.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Andruw Monasterio (2B-SS, Caribes de Anzoategui): 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Regardless of which day you count the game being played on, Monasterio’s double in the top of the fifth extends his hitting streak to seven games.
Niuman Romero (starting 3B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – The multi-hit effort was the fourth in Romero’s last ten games played.
Jhonleider Salinas (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 HR allowed – Not the way Salinas hoped his season debut would go.
Andruw Monasterio (2B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB – While Monasterio further extended his hitting streak, his RBI came on a bases-loaded two-out walk in the sixth that gave the Caribes a lead they would not relinquish.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 1-4, 1 R, 1 K – Romero scored his run earlier in the sixth on a single by LF Willians Astudillo.
Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes del Magallanes): 1 IP, 2 BB – Despite some control issues, Vizcaya’s first outing of 2021 represents a significant rebound from his disastrous 2020 finale (0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB on December 26 against the Bravos de Margarita).
Elvis Araujo (SP, Aguilas del Zulia): W (2-1), 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP – Araujo picks up his second individual victory of the Venezuelan campaign in his longest outing of the season.
Alex Monsalve (C, Tigres de Aragua): 0-3, 1 K – Monsalve’s average dropped below .300 (.296) with this hitless effort.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara): 2-5, 1 K – Rivero has multiple hits in four of the games in his current five-game hitting streak. During this stretch, he is 10-for-19 (.526) with a 2:4 K:BB ratio (.609). That’s an 1.135 OPS without any extra-base hits!
Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Both of Gomez’s outings in the new year have been of the one-out variety.
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LPB) PLAYOFFS – ROUND ROBIN DAY 4
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Caimanes de Barranquilla): 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K – Ciriaco only got one hit, but it was a big one. Both of his RBI last night came on his third-inning triple.
Sandy Leon (C, Caimanes de Barranquilla): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Leon joined the Caimanes as a refuerzo after the Tigres del Licey failed to qualify for the LIDOM postseason.
Given the lack of coverage of the first three days of the Round Robin, I felt it would be helpful to post the standings so far. the Round Robin is a 12-day round with each team playing eight games.
Caimanes de Barranquilla – 2-1
Tigres de Cartagena – 1-1
Vaqueros de Monteria – 1-2
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP) PLAYOFFS – QUARTERFINALS GAME (BEST-OF-7)
Brennan Bernardino (RP, Charros de Jalisco): 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K – Bernardino is unscored upon with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings in the postseason.
Jose Guadalupe Chavez (SS, Tomateros de Culiacan): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B – Chavez has been unstoppable in the quarterfinals, slashing .462/.462/.769 with a double, homer, and three RBI in as many games.
Michael Choice (RF, Aguilas de Mexicali): 1-5 – Choice has no walks or extra-base hits in the series for an incredibly consistent .308/.308/.308 slash.
AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE (ABL)
Mitch Nilsson (DH, Brisbane Bandits): 0-3 – An inauspicious start to the Australian campaign for Nilsson.
Mitch Nilsson (RF, Brisbane Bandits): 0-3 – The Bandits’ second game of the day went no better for Mitch.
Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 1-3, 1 K – Battaglia opened his 2021 ABL hit account in his debut game.
Andrew Campbell (DH, Brisbane Bandits); 0-3, 2 K – Not much to say here. At least it wasn’t a hat trick.