Winter League roundup: Aragua wins behind big bats
Nationals catcher Ramos collects three hits in Venezuelan League victory
Venezuelan Winter League
Aragua 7, La Guaira 6
Juan Infante led the way for Aragua in the win, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Wilson Ramos went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Carlos Hernandez got his third win, while Junior Guerra took his second loss of the season.
Margarita 8, Zulia 5 (7 innings)
Behind a six-run second inning, Margarita took a commanding lead and never looked back. Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Breyvic Valera went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Cesar Valdez took the loss, while Carlos Monasterios got the win.
Zulia 8, Margarita 1 (7 innings)
A five-run first inning helped Zulia cruise to victory over Margarita. Ernesto Mejia went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Ender Inciarte and Hernan Perez had two hits for Zulia. Miguel Sulbaran got the win, while Omar Bencomo took the loss.
Lara 11, Caribes 3
Lara's bats were on fire Sunday, as the team belted out 15 hits in the win. The biggest inning was the fifth, when the team scored five runs. Robert Perez had four hits and Ericson Leonora went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and five RBIs.
Mexican Pacific League
Los Mochis 6, Culiacan 2
The bottom of Los Mochis' order did most of the damage Sunday, combining to go 3-for-11 with four RBIs. Salvador Valdez took his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on three hits in two innings. Marco Quevedo got his third win, allowing two hits in five innings.
Mexicali 8, Guasave 1
Mexicali was no match for Guasave on Sunday, belting out 10 hits and scoring eight runs in the contest. Four Mexicali players had two hits. Russell Branyan hit a grand slam in the third inning, marking his 11th home run of the season.
Navojoa 5, Obregon 4 (10 innings)
In this back-and-forth battle, it was Navojoa who came out on top with a run in the top of the 10th inning. That important run came on a solo home run by John Lindsey, his fifth of the season. Jonathan Arias took the loss, while Jose Manuel Lopez got the win.
Hermosillo 5, Mazatlan 1
Mazatlan's bats were held nearly silent in Sunday's contest against Hermosillo. Hector Galvan got the win, allowing one run on three hits in four innings. Fernando Villalobos took his third loss of the season, allowing four runs on three hits in 12/3 innings.
Dominican Winter League
Aguilas 7, Escogido 5
Scoring early and often against Escogido, Aguilas got the win. Plating runs in four innings, the team was led by Francisco Pena, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Edward Paredes got the win, while Carlos Perez took the loss.
Licey 2, Gigantes 0
While the two clubs managed to scatter 15 hits in the game, only Licey was able to plate runs and came away with the victory. Esmil Rogers got his first win, while Zach Kroenke took the loss, allowing two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Puerto Rican League
Carolina 4, Santurce 3
Behind a three-run fourth inning, Carolina was able to come away with the victory over Santurce. Jesus Feliciano went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and Ruben Gotay went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. David Kopp got the win, while Eric Niesen took the loss.
Ponce 4, Mayaguez 2
Ponce started the game strong against Mayaguez, scoring three runs in the first inning. The team then tacked on another run in the sixth to get a little breathing room. Jonathan Albaladejo took his fifth loss, while Joel Pineiro got his second win.