The Venezuelan Winter League kicked off its round robin playoff on Monday, and Tigres de Aragua Luis Hernandez was one of the day's top performers. In his club's 13-7 victory, the utility infielder went a perfect 5-for-5 with three runs batted in.
La Guaira's Renny Osuna, who saw action as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, singled in his only trip to the plate. Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz was the only Tiburones pitcher to toss scoreless ball. He gave up one hit but didn't allow a run in two-thirds of an inning.
Julio Borbon batted leadoff and played in center field for Escogido on Monday, and he went 2-for-6 with a double and a run batted in. The Leones, who won 8-3, are now a perfect 4-0 in round robin postseason play.
After a 9-1 loss on Monday, Engel Beltre's Licey club is only 1-4 through the first five games. Beltre appeared as a late defensive replacement in center field but didn't have a plate appearance.
Jose Felix came into the game behind the plate for Guasave in the bottom of the eighth inning but didn't get a plate appearance. His Algodoneros de Guasave team trails 2-0 in the best-of-seven series after Monday's loss.
There were no games on Monday.
Aragua second baseman and left fielder Yangervis Solarte has played most of his winter in the Venezuelan big league, but he also appeared in three Liga Paralela games, going 5-for-13 with a double and a home run.
Right-hander Richard Alvarez made seven relief appearances for Caracas, yielding three runs in 7.1 innings and allowing eight hits while walking four and striking out six.
Like Solarte, La Guaira utility man Renny Osuna has played most of this season in the big leagues but also played in seven minor league games. He was 6-for-22 with two doubles, six walks, and three strikeouts.
Arlett Mavare was one of La Guaira's most effective pitchers, going 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA in seven appearances, including three starts. He logged 26.1 frames and allowed 12 hits while walking 11 and fanning 23.
Magallanes outfielder Joey Butler was 3-for-10 with a double in an early-season tuneup before joining the big club.
Young outfielder Eduard Pinto had three singles in 12 trips, playing the first three games of the Liga Paralela season before leaving to participate in the Rangers' Dominican instructional league.
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