Wednesday night was a light day for action in winter ball, so we have two days worth of recaps, starting with the playoffs in the Dominican.
On Wednesday night, Jason Rogers went 2-for-4 with two singles in his team’s 5-0 loss.
Eury Perez was on the other side of that 5-0 game and he went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored.
In Colombia, they played a doubleheader on Wednesday night. Francisco Acuna played shortstop in both games and batted lead-off in the opener. He had a tough day (the type you would expect from a 16-year-old playing in a league with the same competition level as High-A ball). Acuna went 0-for-4 with an error in the opener and 0-for-4 in the nightcap.
Sandy Santos went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the first game, then hit his first homer of the winter in the second contest. He finished 1-for-3 and drove in two runs. The season wrapped up for Santos and Acuna on Thursday night. We will have that recap in the next winter article, along with their final season stats.
In Nicaragua, Anderson Feliz finished the regular season on Wednesday night and his team made the playoffs. Feliz played all 48 games and hit .305/.391/.465 in 200 at-bats. The playoffs begin on Friday night.
In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. He went 1-for-6 in the playoff opener on Tuesday.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna had a big day at the plate during his team’s 9-8 win. He went 4-for-5 with four singles and a run scored. He drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning, then followed that with RBI singles in each of his next two at-bats. Osuna also picked up an outfield assist out in left field. He is batting .538 in the playoffs.
Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the ninth and scored a run in his team’s loss against Osuna’s club. He hasn’t had a chance to bat in the playoffs yet.
In the Dominican, Jason Rogers went 0-for-4, and split the game between left field and first base. Despite having seven players with Major League experience in the lineup, his team picked up just three hits. Rogers is hitting .318, with five walks in six playoff games
Eury Perez went 1-for-5 with a two-run single. His team attempted a comeback down 6-0 in the bottom of the ninth, but they fell a run short. Perez is hitting .345 in the playoffs.
In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with a single. He has gone 1-for-4 in all three playoff games so far, including Tuesday night when he hit a three-run homer.
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