Winterball Roundup - 1/21

Joaquin Arias came up huge for Escogido in a big victory on Thursday, while Elvis Andrus also played on a winning club. 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

The first game of the Mexican Pacific League's Championship Series doesn't come until Friday, January 22.

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes rocked Caracas in game one of the championship series, 9-0. Caracas starter Ramon Ortiz didn't get anybody out, but he gave up four runs on six hits. It was all downhill from there.

Still, Magallanes shortstop Elvis Andrus was the only starter without a base hit. He went hitless in four at-bats and grounded into one double play.

Guillermo Moscoso is expected to start game four for the Caracas Leones.

Dominican Winter League

Escogido tied the Dominican League's championship series at two games apiece with Thursday's 3-2 victory.

Shortstop Joaquin Arias was the start of the night for the Leones, as he was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. The round-tripper came off Cibao starting pitcher Victor Zambrano.

Cibao right fielder and cleanup hitter Nelson Cruz was hitless in four at-bats. He still doesn't have a hit in four championship series contests.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Mike Ballard struggled in his start on Thursday, as he allowed two runs on three hits in just 2.2 innings pitched. The southpaw walked one and struck out one. The strikeout came against Carolina slugger Carlos Delgado.

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