Guillermo Moscoso (2.66 ERA/.197 BAA) turned in another fine effort for Caracas on Saturday and remained unbeaten. The right-hander yielded just one unearned run over five innings, giving up four hits, walking one, and striking out four. He threw strikes with 51 of his 77 pitches.
Moscoso is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA in eight starts––and 37.2 innings––with the Leones this season.
La Guaira designated hitter Max Ramirez (.316/.411/.413) went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts. He has 22 walks and 32 punchouts in 45 contests this winter.
Margarita first baseman Yorvit Torrealba was hitless in three trips, fanning once.
With the Rangers' re-signing of outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract, the Magallanes lineup now features a pair of Rangers on a daily basis. Chavez batted sixth and played right field on Saturday. He was 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt, lowering his average to .231.
Leadoff man and shortstop Andres Blanco had a single and a walk in five trips. The 26-year-old knocked in his ninth run of the season.
Caracas shortstop Edwin Garcia went 0-for-2 with an RBI in his second playoff game. With consecutive 5-4 victories, the Leones advance to the three-game final series, which will be played between Monday and Wednesday.
The Dominican Winter League returned from a roster rules-fueled player strike on Saturday evening.
The Licey club collected only four hits in a 5-1 loss, but centerfielder Engel Beltre (.325/.354/.442) singled once in three trips.
Toros second baseman Esteban German (.324/.354/.419) extended his hitting streak to 16 contests with one double in four at-bats. He also stole his 20th base in 22 tries, giving him eight swipes over his last seven games.
Left-hander Ben Snyder (2.13 ERA/.202 BAA) got his first start in 10 days and earned his second winterball victory. The 25-year-old limited San Juan to one run on three hits in five innings, walking three and striking out three.
Though Snyder has started in five of his six winterball appearances, he profiles as a lefty specialist and has continued to mow down lefties in Puerto Rico. Fellow southpaws are just 3-for-33 against Snyder with one walk but only two strikeouts.
The Rangers signed 29-year-old infielder Brian Barden to a minor league contract earlier in the week. The veteran played a doubleheader for Mazatlan on Saturday, going 0-for-6 with a walk and two strikeouts.
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