VWL semis begin, Aguilas clinches DWL finals berth

The Venezuelan Winter League semifinals kicked off on Thursday night. Both series are tied at one game a piece heading into today’s off day.

venezuelaIn Game 1, Zulia beat Caribes 3-2, despite collecting just two hits.

In Game 2, Caribes beat Zulia, 7-1.

In Game 1 of the other series, La Guaira beat Lara 7-6, as they scored the go ahead run in the top of the ninth on a Heiker Meneses RBI double with one out. That came after blowing a 5-0 lead after one inning.

KC Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (batting sixth) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored for La Guaira. He hit two home runs, a three-run shot in the first and a solo shot to tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the eighth. Esky’s game-tying homer came after a pitching change.

Centerfielder Paulo Orlando went 2-for-4 in the loss. He doubled and drove in three runs, though he did strike out twice. Orlando singled in a run with two outs in the fifth and doubled in two runs in the seventh to give Lara the short-lived lead (he was standing in the on-deck circle when the game ended).

In Game 2, Lara beat La Guaira, 9-4. Lara scored five runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh. Orlando moved to the second spot in the order and went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He struck out twice.

Esky went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss. He was pinch hit for in the ninth.

The round robin portion of the Dominican Winter League playoffs continue. However, Aguilas has clinched a spot in the finals after winning last night to improve to 11-2 in the playoffs. They also clinched home-field advantage.

dominican_winter_league_logoOn Thursday night, Licey beat Gigantes, 3-2.

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio was back in the lineup for Licey (batting sixth) and he went 1-for-3. He did commit his first playoff error. Lefty Tim Hill picked up his third hold of the postseason with Licey, allowing one hit over 2/3 of an inning.

On Friday night, Aguilas clinched the finals berth by beating Licey, 6-0. Angel Franco started at second base and batted ninth. He went 1-for-3 in the win. Bonifacio went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss. He did throw a runner out at the plate.

In the other game, Gigantes beat Escogido, 5-3.

There is a battle for the second spot in the finals:

  • Licey 6-9
  • Gigantes 5-8
  • Escogido 5-9

 

*The Clemente League Finals kick off tonight between Santurce and Caguas.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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