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Winter League roundup: Aguilar powers Caracas

Indians prospect helps club top Zulia with clutch two-run homer in Venezuela

Venezuelan Winter League

Caracas 5, Zulia 3
Jesus Aguilar, the Indians' No. 17 prospect, played the hero role for Caracas when he slammed his sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning, a two-run shot to center that snapped a 3-3 tie. Aguilar finished 2-for-4. Ramon Cabrera had tied the game for Caracas an inning earlier with a pinch-hit RBI double, and Miller Diaz nailed down the save in the ninth despite putting two runners on base. Yankees prospect Jose Pirela notched three hits to lead Zulia. Box score

Margarita 5, Lara 4
Breyvic Valera hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning for Margarita, which then got a much-needed insurance run on David Peralta's RBI double in the eighth. Lara's Nick Buss tripled in a run in the ninth, but Silfredo Garcia came on to get the final two outs. Phillies prospect Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the first for Margarita, while Paulo Orlando and Dodgers top prospect Joc Pederson both smacked solo shots for Lara. Box score

La Guaira 3, Aragua 2
La Guaira pulled out the win in a game of missed opportunities that featured the teams going a combined 5-for-28 with runners in scoring position. La Guaira's Renyel Pinto allowed 13 baserunners but only two runs over five innings to get the victory, and five relievers held Aragua scoreless, with Enrique Gonzalez notching the save. C.J. Retherford knocked in a pair of runs for La Guaira, while Rangers No. 2 prospect Luis Sardinas chipped in an RBI double. Box score

Caribes 10, Magallanes 3
It was all about the big inning for Caribes, whose seven-run seventh erased a 3-2 deficit. Leslie Anderson's double tied the score and ignited a scoring burst that included two errors, back-to-back triples by Carlos Duran and Jose Gil and a two-run homer by the Twins' Eduardo Escobar. Major League veteran Carlos Zambrano, the starter for Magallanes, gave up a two-run shot to Oscar Salazar in the sixth, his final inning. Rangers No. 3 prospect Rougned Odor hit a solo homer for Magallanes, while Mets prospect Wilfredo Tovar added a two-run blast. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Guasave 6, Los Mochis 2
After taking a rough 18-4 loss on Saturday, Guasave fought back and got a win on Sunday. Jose Rodriguez and Zelous Wheeler each had two hits. Juan Delgadillo got his third win of the season, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Abraham Rivera took his first loss of the season, allowing three runs on four hits in three innings. Box score

Mexicali 5, Culiacan 0
The Culiacan hitters were shut down at the plate a day after belting 10 hits. Culiacan managed just two hits during the game and Javier Martinez allowed just one hit in 5 1/3 innings of work for his first win of the season. He also struck out four and walked two. Rodrigo Lopez allowed four runs on five hits in five innings of work for his second loss of the season. Box score

Mazatlan 7, Obregon 3
A four-run seventh inning sealed the win for Mazatlan. Singles by Henry Mateo and Bryan Petersen, along with a walk by Ryan Mulhern loaded the bases for Issmael Salas in the inning. He grounded into an RBI fielders choice, before three straight singles scored the next three runs. Alejandro Martinez took the win, allowing just four hits in six innings, while Marco Carrillo took the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings. Box score

Hermosillo 8, Navojoa 3
Hermosillo's bats did the talking on Sunday, belting 14 hits. Six players had two hits, including Jerry Owens, who had a double and two RBIs. Jesse Gutierrez also belted a two-run shot in the third inning, his fourth home run of the season. Juan Oramas allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings for the win, while Alejandro Soto took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits in four innings. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas 6, Estrellas 1
Aguilas had a dominant game against Estrellas, with all but two starters getting a hit. Chris Cody got his first win of the season, allowing just one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Aguilas was led by Juan Lagares, who went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Rafael Ynoa also had two hits, including his first triple of the season. Frankie De La Cruz took his second loss of the season, allowing four runs on three hits. Box score

Escogido 6, Gigantes 3
Some early offense was enough for Escogido, which scored all of its runs in the first three innings, then hung on for the win. Escogido got a two-run double from former big leaguer Fernando Tatis, two hits and an RBI from Tigers prospect Jorge Polanco and an RBI from Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz. Phillies No. 2 prospect Maikel Franco notched two hits, including a double, for Gigantes. Box score

Licey 7, Toros 0
Veteran big league right-hander Chris Volstad gave up three hits and struck out three over five scoreless innings for the victory. Licey's offense backed him up behind No. 2 hitter Jurickson Profar, with the Rangers' youngster going 2-for-4 with a double and two walks to raise his average to .469. Two other players with big league experience, Yamaico Navarro and Jordany Valdespin, added two hits apiece. Domingo Santana also homered for Licey, while fellow Astros prospect Teoscar Hernandez led the Toros with two hits. Box score

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