Winterball Roundup - 12/28

The Venezuelan Winter League began its round-robin playoffs on Monday evening, with La Guaira dropping a 6-2 decision to Caracas. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise - SEASON OVER
16-16, 2.0 GB

The Rafters finished with a .500 mark, two games behind the division-winning Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League's West Division.

Mexican Pacific League

Pitching in his first game in nine days, Obregon right-hander Luis Mendoza had his worst start of the season, yielding four runs on six hits in five innings. The 26-year-old walked two and struck out four.

Mendoza currently leads the Mexican Pacific League with 90.1 innings pitched, and he is also tops in strikeouts with 82. The pitcher with the second-most punchouts–Brian Adams–has 54.

Venezuelan Winter League

Quick correction: on Sunday evening, I wrote that the La Guaira Tiburones had not qualified for the playoffs in Venezuela. I was wrong–they qualified for the round robin playoffs, and they played their postseason opener on Monday night.

La Guaira dropped their game to Caracas, 6-2. Shortstop Renny Osuna got the start and batted ninth. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a run batted in.

Dominican Winter League

Joaquin Arias went hitless in three official at-bats from the top of the Escogido lineup, but he also drew a pair of walks and picked up an RBI. The shortstop stole his first base of the postseason.

Although his team was drubbed 8-1 by Licey, Toros left fielder Esteban German remained hot, as he was 2-for-3 with a run batted in.

Pinch hitter and centerfielder Engel Beltre lined out in his only plate appearance.

Righty Alexi Ogando suffered his second loss of the postseason after allowing two runs (one earned) in two innings of work. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out one.

Puerto Rican Winter League

No Rangers appeared on Monday.

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