Phils Champions of Venezuelan Summer League

The Venezuelan Summer League ended with the Phillies and Pirates tied at the top of the standings. The two teams met in the championship with the Phillies taking the first two games in a best-of-three series.

While the Phillies didn't play flawless ball in the Venezuelan Summer League Championship, they played well enough to beat the Pirates 5-2. The win was the second straight over the Pirates and gave the Phillies the championship two games to none.

The Phils' defense made three errors, but only one of them led to a run. Meanwhile, the Phils' offense collected just four hits, but three of them were for extra bases. They also drew six walks, which helped their effort.

Second baseman Yonderman Rodriguez hit .400 (2-for-5) in the championship and finished the regular season hitting .279 with a .361 on-base percentage.

Pitcher Mauricio Romero (5-2, 2.59) started the second game of the championship for the Phillies and threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and a walk. He was aided by picking off two baserunners and striking out ten hitters, even though the defense caused him to allow an unearned run. Juan Colmenarez (2-0, 2.57) was perfect over the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out two hitters to record the save. On the season, Colmenarez saved four games for the VSL Phils.

The VSL Phillies finished the season at 41-25, tied with the Pirates at the top of the standings.

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