Caracas knocked its rival Magallanes out of playoff contention with a resounding 18-5 victory on Tuesday evening. The Leones plated 13 runs in the top of the eighth inning, putting the game well out of reach. Magallanes committed seven errors on the night.
Navegantes leadoff hitter and centerfielder Endy Chavez was 1-for-5 with a double and his fifth stolen base of the season. Third baseman Andres Blanco, who was 1-for-4, doubled and walked.
Erold Andrus got action as a defensive replacement and contributed with a run-scoring single in his lone plate appearance.
Chavez committed two errors while Andrus had a miscue of his own.
Margarita first baseman Yorvit Torrealba singled once and walked once in four trips.
Toros designated hitter Esteban German was 0-for-3 but reached base after being plunked by a pitch. He was the only Ranger to appear in Tuesday's Dominican playoff action.
The success of 18-year-old hurler Alexander Claudio (1.06 ERA/.200 BAA) with Ponce in Puerto Rico has been an intriguing development. The 6-foot-3 southpaw hurled five more scoreless innings on Tuesday, giving up two hits, walking two, and striking out one.
In 17 innings this winter, Claudio has yielded only two runs on 12 hits. The 27th-round pick had a 6.60 ERA in 15 innings with the rookie-level Surprise Rangers this past summer.
Miguel Velazquez played in the second game of Ponce's doubleheader, entering as a pinch runner and going to left field. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Velazquez is 2-for-15 in six contests this season.
After going yard on Monday, third baseman Brian Barden continued to slump, as he was 0-for-4 with three punchouts. Barden is batting just .128 through 10 games.
The Bravos took home the 2010 Liga Paralela title with a best-of-three series victory over Caracas. The season concluded on December 22.
That Caracas club featured 19-year-old shortstop Edwin Garcia, who appeared in 23 games and went 15-for-66 (.227) with four doubles and a home run. He had 13 walks against only nine strikeouts.
Guillermo Moscoso played most of the season with the big Caracas club but started his winterball campaign with two short Liga Paralela starts. The right-hander yielded four runs (two earned) in 2.1 innings.
Anzoategui hurler Jonathan Rojas shined over three starts, tossing 10 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old allowed three hits while walking two and striking out seven. Rojas doesn't have any state-side experience above the rookie level, but his strong performance earned him two appearances with the LVBP Caribes team.
David Paisano and Renny Osuna turned in impressive performances with the big La Guaira club in '09, but both were largely relegated to Liga Paralela this year after early season slumps.
Paisano played 25 games in Liga Paralela and hit .283 (30-for-106) with nine doubles, six walks, and five stolen bases in eight attempts.
The versatile Osuna played just about all over the diamond––appearing in 21 contests––and posted a .280/.314/.512 slash line with nine doubles, two triples, and two round-trippers in 87 plate appearances.
Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz pitched most of the campaign with the LVBP team but hurled three scoreless innings in three minor league relief appearances.
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