Cardinals Winter Leagues Notebook: 01/08/11

Rich Rundles strikes out two over 1 1/3 innings for the winning decision and Player of the Day honors and former MiLB Renyel Pinto pitches a scoreless frame both in the LVBP. Francisco Samuel tosses one scoreless inning in the Dominican. Ricky Martinez K's two and gets two double plays in the LNBP. Former spring invite Carlos Baerga is elected to Caribbean Series Hall of Fame.

Mexican Pacific League Playoffs

 

Saturday's Game:

Mochis (3-2) visits Guasave (2-3) @ 6:00 PM MT

 

 

Venezuelan League Round Robin

 

Tyler Greene (St. Louis-Aragua) started at shortstop and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and assisted in one double play.

Rich Rundles (Memphis Free Agent-Aragua) entered in the fifth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out for the winning decision (1-0). (p-s:18-12)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:1-0)

 

Aragua beat Caracas 3-2

LVBP Official Site Post Game

 

Timo Perez (Former St. Louis-Zulia) started as designated hitter and batted fifth. 1-for-5 with one strikeout.

 

Renyel Pinto (Former Memphis-Caribes) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck one out for the hold (2). (g/f:2-0)

 

Caribes beat Zulia 4-2

LVBP Official Site Post Game

 

Notes:

Luis Jimenez (Lara-Margarita) says he has received offers to play in the U.S., but would like to return to Japan: LVBP Official Site

 

Jesse Gutierrez (Reynosa-Mazatlan) is expected to join Zulia this weekend: Zulia Official Site

 

Hensley Meulens replaced Osmin Melendez as manager of Margarita: Margarita Official Site

 

Saturday's Games:

Zulia (2-3) visits Margarita (0-4) @ 6:00 PM VST

Caribes (4-1) visits Aragua (2-3) @ 7:00 PM VST

 

 

Dominican League Round Robin

 

Pedro Feliz (St. Louis Free Agent-Gigantes) started as designated hitter and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with one RBI, one sac fly, and one strikeout.

Alberto Castillo (Former St. Louis-Gigantes) started at catcher and batted eighth. 1-for-3 with one run, one sacrifice, one passed ball, and threw out one of two runners.

Randy Keisler (Former St. Louis-Gigantes) entered in the fifth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk. (g/f:1-1)(ir-s:1-0)

 

Julio Manon (Former Johnson City-Azucareros) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out. (g/f:1-1)

 

Gigantes beat Azucareros 7-5

Listin Diario Post Game

 

Fernando Tatis (Former St. Louis-Escogido) started at first base and batted seventh.  2-for-4 and assisted in one double play.

Nerio Rodriguez (Former St. Louis-Escogido) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck seven out  for the winning decision (2-1). (g/f:6-2)

 

Pablo Ozuna (Former Peoria-Estrellas) started in left field and batted second.  0-for-3 with one walk.

Francisco Samuel (Memphis-Estrellas) entered in the eighth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out. (g/f:1-0)

 

Escogido beat Estrellas 2-1

Listin Diario Post Game

 

Notes: 

Karim Garcia (Hermosillo) and Pablo Ortega (Quintana Roo-Mazatlan) have signed on to play for Escogido after both spent time in the Mexican Pacific League: Escogido Official Site

 

Walter Silva (Monterrey) and Jon Weber (Yankees/Tigers) have signed on to play for Gigantes after both spent time in the Mexican Pacific League with Mazatlan: Gigantes Official Site

 

Dominican League general managers spoke out against MLB and Korean teams pulling players or not even letting them play during the winter season: Licey Official Site

 

Saturday's Games:

Escogido (5-5) visits Gigantes (4-6) @ 7:35 PM AST

Azucareros (6-4) visits Estrellas (5-5) @ 8:05 PM AST

 

 

Puerto Rican League Round Robin

 

Miguel Negron (Former Memphis-Carolina) started in left field and moved to center, batting leadoff.  0-for-4 with one walk.

Jeffrey Dominguez (Mariners Free Agent-Carolina) started at second base and batted ninth.  1-for-3 with one double and one hit by pitch.

 

Caguas beat Carolina 4-0

 

Ruben Gotay (Former Memphis-San Juan) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted sixth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Vladimir Nunez (Former Memphis-San Juan) started and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed five hits, two earned runs, three walks (one intentional), threw one wild pitch, and struck five out. (g/f:4-2)

 

Ponce beat San Juan 5-2

Primera Hora Post Game

 

Notes:

Pedro Valdes (Acereros-Carolina) was selected as MVP, Pat Listash (Ponce) Manager of the Year, Sergio Miranda (Brewers-San Juan) Rookie of the Year, Sho Iwasaki (Softbank-Caguas) Pitcher of the Year, and Edgard Clemente (Reynosa-Carolina) Comeback Player of the Year: Primera Hora

 

2010-11 Puerto Rican League All-Star team was announced: El Vocero

 

Saturday's Games:

Carolina (2-3) visits Ponce (3-2) @ 6:30 PM AST

San Juan (3-2) visits Cagaus (2-3) @ 7:15 PM AST

 

 

Nicaraguan League

 

Leon beat Chinandega 6-1 - Ricky Martinez (GCL-Chinandega) pitched the final two innings allowing two hits, struck two out, and induced two double plays: LNBP Official Site Post Game and La Prensa Post Game

Boer beat Granada 9-7: LNBP Official Site Post Game

 

Saturday's Games:

Chinandega (29-20) visits Leon (22-27)

Boer (23-26) visits Granada (24-25)

 

 

Caribbean Series

 

Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga (Former MiLB Signing), Luis DeLeon, and Candy Maldonado were selected to enter the Caribbean Series Hall of Fame: ESPN Deportes

 

 

Japan League

 

Dodgers, Orioles, and Giants have shown some interest in Chiba Lotte 31-year old RHP Hiroyuki Kobayahsi, but it is nothing serious: Yakyubaka

 

 

Australian League

 

Chad Gabriel (Former Quad Cities-Brisbane) started in left field and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with two runs and one walk.

 

Canberra beat Brisbane 9-7

ABL Official Site Post Game

 

 

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