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Winter League roundup: Gonzalez leads Zulia

Astros shorstop shines vs. La Guaira in Venezuelan Winter League action

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia 12, La Guaira 6
While Zulia had issues scoring runs in the early innings, the team managed to plate 11 runs in the final four frames. The offense was led by Marwin Gonzalez, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Sandy Leon also went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Reliever Sergio Escalona took his third loss of the season. Box score

Caribes 15, Margarita 9
This high-scoring affair saw the teams combine for 27 hits, with Caribes coming out on top, led by Leslie Anderson, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Oscar Salazar also went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Luis Chirinos took the loss. Box score

Aragua 10, Lara 4
Aragua belted out plenty of hits in the final four innings, scoring nine runs to secure the win. The team was led by Alex Romero, who went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Hector Gimenez also went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run. Reliever Jose Jimenez took the loss. Box score

Magallanes 8, Caracas 5
Caracas scored four runs in the final two innings, but it wasn't enough to get the win after Magallanes built up a big lead. Magallanes was led by Eliezer Alfonso and Frank Diaz. The two players combined for four hits, two home runs and six RBIs. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Obregon 8, Mazatlan 4
A four-run eighth inning by Obregon proved to be the difference in the game. The frame was highlighted by a two-run double from Sergio Contreras, who finished the game going 2-for-3. Rolando Valdez got his first win of the season, while Horacio Ramirez took the loss. Box score

Navojoa 2, Hermosillo 0
In this low-scoring affair, it was the bottom of Navojoa's lineup that did the damage. Genaro Andrade and Alejandro Gonzalez each went 2-for-3. Salvador Robles improved to 3-2 on the season with a 1.89 ERA after allowing five hits in six scoreless innings of work. Box score

Culiacan 15, Mexicali 5
Culiacan's bats exploded during Friday night's game, which included an eight-run sixth inning. Jorge Cantu went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and five RBIs. Ricardo Serrano was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Reliever Salvador Valdez got the win. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Toros 1, Aguilas 0
Runs came at a premium in Friday night's game between the two clubs. The only run that was scored came in the bottom of the first inning. After back-to-back singles, Chris Colabello hit an RBI single to second base. Elih Villanueva picked up the win, allowing five hits in 5 1/3 innings for his second win of the season. Angel Castro took his second loss of the season. Box score

Gigantes 3, Licey 2
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, a sacrifice fly to center field by Jonathan Diaz scored Hanser Alberto for the win. Alberto and Omir Santos both singled with one out to begin the frame. Reliever Juan Perez got his first win of the season, while Manny Delcarmen lost his second game of the season. Box score

Escogido 5, Estrellas 2
A big four-run fifth inning helped secure the win for Escogido on Friday. Pirates No. 2 prospect Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Jorge Polanco was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Erik Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double. Edward Valdez got his third win of the season, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings of work. Box score

Puerto Rican League

Mayaguez 3, Caguas 1 (Game 1)
In the first game of a doubleheader, a three-run fourth inning by Mayaguez proved to be the difference. With two outs in the frame, Jerry Sands and Luis Figueroa hit back-to-back doubles, then Eddie Rosario hit a triple. Jeremy Kehrt picked up his first win of the season. Box score

Mayaguez 1, Caguas 0 (Game 2)

The second game of the doubleheader proved to be a tight one. The only run scored in the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Sands walked to begin the bottom half of the frame and advanced to second on a sac-bunt by Rosario, Daniel Ortiz belted an RBI single to right field. Box score

Carolina 7, Santurce 0

Carolina dominated on both ends of the game Friday night. Nao Higashihama got his third win of the season, allowing just three hits in seven scoreless innings of work. He also struck out 10 batters. At the plate, all but one Carolina starter had a hit. Carlos Moncrief went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Anthony Garcia was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Box score

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