2010-11 DOMINICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL UNDERWAY!
LICEY 8, ESCOGIDO 1 – Licey went ahead early at home with two unearned runs after an error by Escogido shortstop Joaquin Arias (New York Mets). Right-hander Robert Coello (Boston Red Sox) shut out defending champions Escogido on a single hit for the first five innings for the win. A four-run seventh-inning outburst blew the game wide open for Licey. Mariners OF prospect Carlos Peguero was 3-4 with a double and a RBI, while veteran Timo Perez and minor-leaguer Mike Wilson chipped in two hits and two RBI apiece.
GIGANTES 5, AGUILAS 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher John Hester cracked a trio of doubles and scored three times to help the Gigantes win at home. San Francisco Giants outfielder Francisco Peguero collected three RBI, and former Milwaukee Brewers RHP Jose Capellan hurled five scoreless innings to earn the victory. Capellan led the circuit in wins and ERA last winter when the Gigantes came within one win of a championship. Ex-Seattle Mariners southpaw John Halama was charged with the loss for the Aguilas after getting kayoed in a three-run fourth inning. Boston Red Sox infield prospect Oscar Tejeda reached base three times for the Gigantes with a pair of hits and a walk.
TOROS 11, ESTRELLAS 4 – Minor-league veteran Victor Mercedes, who spent 2010 in the Mexican League, went 4-5 with three RBI to lead the evening’s most productive offense. The Estrellas committed five errors and got six walks and a hit batsman from their pitchers in defeat at home in San Pedro. Promising lefty Yohan Flande (Philadephia Phillies) threw four scoress frames. Blue Jays minor leaguers Brad Emaus (homer, 2 RBI) and Manny Mayorson (2-4, 2 runs, RBI) were other contributors.
ESTRELLAS 4, ESCOGIDO 2Estrellas manager Brian Harper earned his first win with help from his son Brett, who homered. Ex-Baltimore Orioles RHP Radhames Liz and four relievers combined on a five-hitter to spoil Escogido’s home opener. Oakland Athletics 3B Alex Valdez doubled and tripled for the winners.
LICEY 7, AGUILAS 1Veteran Jorge Sosa worked five scoreless innings to help Licey remain undefeated as his teammates pummeled Claudio Vargas and the rest of the Aguilas pitching staff. Catcher Robinzon Diaz (Detroit Tigers) had a double and triple among his three hits for the victors, who also benefitted from long balls hit by CF Reggie Abercrombie and 3B Yamaico Navarro (Boston Red Sox).
TOROS 4, GIGANTES 3The Toros stayed unbeated despite committing five errors thanks largely to a three-run double off the bat of Andy Dirks (Detroit Tigers) with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Right-hander Aneury Rodriguez whiffed seven over five innings for the winning club, though he wound up with no decision.
ESCOGIDO 7, LICEY 0Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya and four relievers combined on a three-hit shutout with 13 total strikeouts. Maya whiffed eight over the first five innings. 1B Willis Otanez and CF Carlos Gomez knocked in two runs apiece as Escogido did all of its’ scoring in the first two innings.
AGUILAS 6, GIGANTES 3 – New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy doubled three times to help the Aguilas come-from-behind and post the first victory of the winter league season. The go-ahead run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch by Gigantes southpaw Jacobo Meque.
TOROS 10, ESTRELLAS 3 – The Toros remained undefeated behind 3 RBI performances from Danny Richar (Florida Marlins) and Ricardo Nanita (Toronto Blue Jays). Richar singled, doubled and tripled.
ESTRELLAS 8, ESCOGIDO 0 – Five Estrellas pitchers combined on a six-hitter to drop the defending league champs to 1-3. Veteran Juan Richardson stroked a pair of doubles and scored twice.
LICEY 7, AGUILAS 4 – Licey out-hit the Aguilas 16-5 and prevailed after their early 5-1 lead was shaved to a single run in the sixth. Jake Fox (4-5) and Robinzon Diaz (3-3) led the offense.
TOROS 11, GIGANTES 4 – The Toros seized the lead in the fifth and pulled away late to maintain their perfect won-lost mark in the young season. Brad Emaus went 4-4 with a couple of doubles to offset a pair of errors, while Jose Costanza (Cleveland Indians) added three hits and Danny Richar knocked in three.