Winterball Roundup - 1/28

Joaquin Arias helped the Leones del Escogido to its 13th Dominican National Championship on Thursday evening. 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

There was no game on Thursday. Hermosillo has a 3-2 lead over Mazatlan in the best-of-seven series.

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes had a chance to clinch the Venezuelan championship, but Caracas forced a deciding game seven with a 6-3 victory.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus had a rough night, going hitless in four at-bats. The Rangers allowed Andrus to stay for one extra day–letting him play game six–but he is returning back to Texas on Friday and will not play in game seven.

Dominican Winter League

The Leones del Escogido clinched its 13th Dominican National Championship with a 5-2 road victory at Cibao in the deciding game nine.

Twins hurler Francisco Liriano got the start for Escogido, and he was dominant, fanning 10 batters over five scoreless innings. He featured a mid-90s fastball and a sharp, upper-80s slider.

Leones shortstop Joaquin Arias batted ninth and played a factor in the victory, as he singled twice and drove home one run in four at-bats.

Cibao designated hitter Nelson Cruz was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. He had just two hits [both singles] and batted .069 in eight Serie Final games.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Caguas avoided the sweep by jumping all over Mayaguez early and cruising to a 9-2 victory. No Rangers appeared in the game. Mayaguez leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

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