In the Venezuelan Winter League, the semifinals are just about set. Zulia will play Caribes beginning Thursday night. Tonight, La Guaira and Aragua will face off to decide the Wild Card winner and who will play Lara in the other semifinal.
Lara is coming off their Game 7 victory (6-2) over Margarita last night. KC Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice and a run scored in the win. In the loss for Margarita, Angelo Castellano played second base, but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and grounded into a double play.
Former Royal Carlos Garcia drove in both of Margarita’s runs with a two-run single in the 3rd inning.
Over in the Clemente League, Santurce clinched a spot in the finals with a 2-1 Game 5 victory over Carolina.
Free agent Irving Falu played second base and led off for Carolina, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Former Royal Ruben Gotay drove in both runs for Santurce.
Caguas took a 3-2 series lead over Mayaguez, breaking the 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth. In the win, shortstop Jack Lopez went 0-for-3 with a walk. He also committed his second error.
The round robin playoff format continues in the Dominican Winter League.
Aguilas finally lost another game, dropping to 9-2 with a 5-2 loss to Escogido last night. Angel Franco entered on defense in the 8th inning at third base for Aguilas. He batted with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, but struck out to end the inning.
Malcom Culver pitched a perfect inning of relief for Aguilas in the loss (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K).
Gigantes beat Licey, 7-0 in the other game. The standings now look like this:
- Aguilas 9-2
- Licey 5-6
- Gigantes 4-6
- Escogido 4-8