Winter Leagues: Gonzalez Helps His Team To Playoff Victory

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco returned to his Escogido team on Sunday, but he wasn’t on the daily roster for yesterday’s game. His team lost 6-5 in ten innings and dropped to 9-5 in the round robin tournament. With four games left, they have two game lead over the second best team, while the other two teams have a 6-8 record. The teams with the two best records move on to the finals. Escogido has off today.

Gonzalez helped his team to victory on Sunday
Gonzalez helped his team to victory on Sunday

In action from Sunday, Carlos Paulino played for just the second time in the playoffs, coming in during the ninth inning as a pinch-runner. Paulino stayed in at catcher and caught the top of the tenth inning. His team defeated Escogido in the bottom of the tenth and Paulino never batted.

Graham Godfrey started for Escogido and went 4.2 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, no walks and he had one strikeout. Godfrey is still a free agent.

Atahualpa Severino signed with the Atlanta Braves as a minor league free agent. Severino went 0-3, 3.72 in 33 games for Indianapolis in 2013.

From Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base in his team’s 8-5 win. His Ponce team moved to 4-4 in the 12 game round robin playoffs.

From action on Saturday in Panama, Ulises Montilla went 1-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 5-0 loss. He is 4-for-11 with a homer and double through three games.

Also from Panama, Edgardo Munoz went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Munoz was injured most of the regular season, getting into just four games for the second Pirates Dominican League team.

From Nicaragua, Adolfo Flores and his team are down 3-0 in their playoff series. Flores faced three batters to finish out the game in his only playoff appearance. He retired two batters and one reached on an error. During the regular season, he pitched 19 times, throwing a total of 15 innings, in which he allowed eight runs on 20 hits and three walks.

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