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Winter Leagues: Andy Vasquez Homers in Three Straight Games, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action

It was a slow Monday night in winter ball, although we do have some late news from Sunday night that didn’t get into Monday’s article. In Colombia, Andy Vasquez homered and drove in five runs in his team’s win. In the first two games, he is 4-for-9 with two homers and eight RBIs. His team took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. (see a late update for game three below)

In Venezuela on Monday, Wilfredo Boscan pitched two innings, allowing a run on two hits, no walks and he had one strikeout. He threw three shutout innings in his playoff opener.

From Panama, Edgar Munoz went 2-for-6 with three runs scored.

In Puerto Rico, Robert Andino recently joined his team for the playoffs. He spent the 2014 season with Indianapolis and is currently a free agent. Andino is hitting .333(6-for-18) in six games.

Tuesday’s Action

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a walk. With his team down 5-4, he led off the ninth inning with a double, but was left stranded. Hanson reached base three times in his last game on Sunday. With four games left in the playoffs, Hanson’s team is one loss(or win by Estrellas) away from being eliminated from the finals.

Willy Garcia returned to the playoffs after a brief trip to the States. He was named his team’s Rookie of the Year earlier this week. On Tuesday, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and stolen base. He is 1-for-9 in the playoffs.

Mel Rojas Jr. saw action for the first time in a week and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He is hitting .217 in the playoffs.

Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored. He also struck out twice in his team’s 7-2 win.

In Venezuela, Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 4-3 victory.

In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is hitting .245/.327/.319 in 24 games.

In the third playoff game in Colombia, Andy Vasquez homered for the third straight game, driving in two runs. His team lost game three though, as Harold Ramirez helped the Tigres to the win, scoring two runs in the 5-4 victory.

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