Monday, December 8, 2014

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for the Weekend of December 5-7, 2014

First off, I would like to apologize for my constant going AWOL. I've drawn Jayne's ire about this on a few occasions, and every time I do that, I wonder why on earth would I want to draw her ire, because she is literally one of the nicest people that I have ever met.

Now, without (hopefully) further ado, here's the weekend that was for the Astros in the winter leagues.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Friday: Adelaide 7, Canberra 0

The Bite mauled the Cavalry on the strength of a 2-4, 3 RBI night from Chan-Jong Moon. He hit a sac fly in a 4-run 2nd, ripped an RBI double in the 4th, and finally, he hit an RBI single and came around to score the final Adelaide run of the evening in the 8th.

Saturday: Canberra 11, Adelaide 4

Unfortunately, the Bite were foiled in their sweep attempt as Australia's capital club brought out the heavy artillery with 9 runs in the 9th. Moon went 0-4 with a walk, a stolen base (3), and a strikeout.

Sadly, Tyler Brunnemann bore the brunt of Canberra's outburst. He got the final 2 outs of the 8th, but allowed one of the 2 runners he inherited from Will Mathis to score in the process. The wheels completely fell off for him in the 9th as he allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) while failing to record an out. He faced 5 batters in that 9th and all of them reached. Brunnemann allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

This upcoming weekend, Adelaide will be in Sydney for a series against the Blue Sox. My aunt lives in Sydney... she isn't much of a baseball fan, but she does enjoy rugby.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Friday: Lara 5, Caracas 4

Danry Vásquez got the start in CF and went 0-3 with a walk and a K. Gregorio Petit started at 2B and also finished 0-3.

Saturday: Caracas 6, Bravos 2

Caracas took control with a 5-run 6th. Danry hit a 1-out triple in the 3rd (but was stranded), and he drove in Caracas' final run of the evening by grounding into a force out in the 8th. Gregorio Petit finished 0-4.

Sunday: La Guaira 12, Caracas 10 in 14 innings

Petit entered the game as a defensive sub in the 8th and went 1-4 with a run scored. Danry played all 14 innings and finished 1-6 with an RBI single in the 8th, walked, and scored a run.

In the only game on the Venezuelan slate tonight, Caracas will host Zulia at 7:30 Venezuelan time.

LIDOM

Friday: Estrellas 3, Águilas 1

Águilas Cibaeñas: Rough night for Jonathan Villar, who struck out in all 3 of his at-bats.

Results from Saturday

Estrellas 3, Licey 0

Domingo Santana went 1-3 with a walk for Licey.

Águilas 4, Escogido 0

Villar was able to rebound a bit from that rough Friday night as he was 1-2 with an RBI single in the 8th. Two batters later, he came around to score on an RBI single from Diego Goris. Villar also drew a walk.

Sunday: Águilas 3, Licey 1

Jonathan Villar ended up having a decent weekend after all, as he went 2-5 with a run scored and a steal (6).

The Dominican League is off today. Here is the slate for tomorrow:

Águilas @ Toros
Estrellas @ Escogido (not really relevant, as no Astros are on either team)
Licey @ Gigantes

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Friday: Mexicali 7, Jalisco 5

Mexicali took the opener as they finished the game on a 6-2 run from the 5th-9th innings.

Leo Heras had a fine night at the plate for Jalisco as he finished 3-3 with an RBI double in the 5th, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases (12).

Results from Saturday

Culiacán 5, Mazatlán 3

Gonzalo Sañudo was the first reliever out for los Tomateros. He got the victory as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 over 1.2 scoreless frames.

Mexicali 10, Jalisco 3

Mexicali used a 7-run 4th to turn this one into a laugher. Leo Heras went 0-3 with 2 Ks.

Sunday: Jalisco 3, Mexicali 2

Los Charros avoided the sweep, and Amadeo Zazueta's 3-run shot in the 5th was the difference. Heras finished the weekend on a slide as he went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.

Jalisco will begin a series with Culiacán tomorrow.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Friday: Caguas 4, Santurce 2

Caguas' 2 2-run innings topped Santurce's single tallies. They managed to win this one despite committing 4 errors.

Delino DeShields finished 2-5 and put Santurce on the board with an RBI single in the 7th. Roberto Peña was behind the plate for Caguas and finished 0-3 with a strikeout.

Luis Cruz got the start for Caguas and fired 5 scoreless, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2.

LBPRC All-Star Game (Saturday): Team Feliciano 3, Team Figueroa 3

Delino DeShields also took part in Saturday's All-Star Game, which finished in a 3-3 tie between Team Feliciano and Team Figueroa. No, really.

He was part of Team Figueroa, which I'm fairly sure wasn't named for Nelson Figueroa. He entered the game in the top of the 4th as a defensive sub and finished 3-3, a home run shy of the cycle (ICYMI, Astros County has a special term for finishing a home run shy of the cycle, but again, it would be incredibly inappropriate to say it here).

Puerto Rico returns to action tomorrow as San Juan takes on Mayagüez, while Carolina faces Santurce.

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