The playoffs are in full swing in the Caribbean Leagues, as they wind down towards the finals. The champions of the four leagues (plus Cuba) advance to the Caribbean Series (which begins on February 1st).
In the Dominican Winter League, the round robin portion of the postseason is over, with Licey (12-5) advancing to the finals. After winning 12 games in a row, Licey has now dropped four straight.
On Tuesday, Toros and Estrellas will play a win or go home game, with the winner moving on to the DWL Finals to face Licey. Both teams ended the round robin portion at 9-9.
UPDATE: The DWL listed the date for this game to be Tuesday, but it was actually Monday. Escogido beat Toros, 7-2 with Escogido breaking the 1-1 tie with three runs in the eighth and ninth.
Infielder Orlando Calixte played in four games for Estrellas, all four at second base. He went 0-for-12 with a walk and a run scored.
Moving on to the Venezuelan Winter League, where there will be two Game 6’s on Tuesday night. Caribes leads Magallanes 3-2, while Aragua leads La Guaira 3-2.
For Caribes, free agent infielder Gabriel Noriega played in four games (three at shortstop and one at third base). He went 3-for-13 with two runs scored. He did commit two errors at shortstop.
For La Guaira, Jose Martinez played in five games (three in right field and the final two in center field). He went 9-for-21 with a solo home run and two RBIs. He did commit two errors.
In the Mexican Pacific League, tonight will decide the two teams that will play in the finals. Obregon faces Mazatlan in Game 7, while Navojoa faces Mexicali in Game 7. Last night, Navojoa won 1-0 in ten innings.
Free agent Alex Liddi played first base and batted third for Obregon last week. In five games, he went 5-for-21 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
The Clemente League playoffs continue in the round robin format. Mayaguez continues to lead the pack at 7-3, with Santurce and Caguas tied at 4-6.
For Santurce, Reymond Fuentes has played centerfield. He went 2-for-18, though he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI on Sunday when he was moved to the sixth spot in the order.
Finally in the Australian Baseball League, where Melbourne continues to stay in last place, as they went 1-3 this weekend. Two teams have already clinched playoffs spots (Brisbane and Canberra) with one weekend of the regular season remaining.
Logan Moon moved all over the batting order in four games for the Aces (1-4), playing right field (though he was the DH on Sunday). Moon went 5-for-16 with a double, a two-run home run (his fifth), two runs scored, and five RBIs.
Mike Hill batted sixth in the first three games for the Aces and then moved up to fifth on Sunday. He started at catcher in two games (picking up his seventh passed ball), third base in another, and then left field. He also moved to second base in the 9th inning on Sunday. At the plate, Hill went 4-for-14 with a solo home run (his second), two walks, and two runs scored.
*Former Royals minor leaguer Spencer Patton (now with the Chicago Cubs) moved from Los Mochis in the MPL to Estrellas in the DWL. He made his debut on January 15th with Estrellas, allowing a run on two walks without recording an out. Patton pitched last night and struck out one in a perfect inning of relief.