Venezuelan Winter League
Right-hander Guillermo Moscoso got the start in Caracas’ playoff opener, and he delivered a victory by pitching a gem. Moscoso surrendered a leadoff infield single before completely shutting down his opposition. In all, he yielded just one hit over six scoreless innings, walking two and striking out eight.
The hit came off the bat of centerfielder Endy Chavez, who was picked up by the Caribes for the postseason. Chavez batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 with a walk. He was also caught stealing once.
Dominican Winter League
Toros del Este second baseman Esteban German was just 1-for-5, but he drove in a pair of runs with a single and a run-scoring fielder’s choice.
Puerto Rican Winter League
No Rangers appeared on Sunday.
Mexican Pacific League
Mazatlan dropped a 4-3 decision to start its best-of-seven playoff series with Culiacan on Saturday. Third baseman Brian Barden, who batted sixth, had one single and two strikeouts in four at-bats.
Guasave catcher Jose Felix entered as a defensive replacement in extra innings. He grounded out in his lone plate appearance.
Closer Yhency Brazoban suffered the loss when he yielded one run in the 11th inning. The veteran righty allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.
Brazoban failed to protect a two-run lead on Sunday, as he entered in the ninth and coughed up four runs on two hits, a walk, and a hit batsman in two-thirds of an inning. He suffered his second loss in as many nights.
Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)
The Bravos took home the 2010 Liga Paralela title with a best-of-three series victory over Caracas. The season concluded on December 22.
That Caracas club featured 19-year-old shortstop Edwin Garcia, who appeared in 23 games and went 15-for-66 (.227) with four doubles and a home run. He had 13 walks against only nine strikeouts.
Guillermo Moscoso played most of the season with the big Caracas club but started his winterball campaign with two short Liga Paralela starts. The right-hander yielded four runs (two earned) in 2.1 innings.
Anzoategui hurler Jonathan Rojas shined over three starts, tossing 10 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old allowed three hits while walking two and striking out seven. Rojas doesn’t have any state-side experience above the rookie level, but his strong performance earned him two appearances with the LVBP Caribes team.
David Paisano and Renny Osuna turned in impressive performances with the big La Guaira club in ’09, but both were largely relegated to Liga Paralela this year after early season slumps.
Paisano played 25 games in Liga Paralela and hit .283 (30-for-106) with nine doubles, six walks, and five stolen bases in eight attempts.
The versatile Osuna played just about all over the diamond––appearing in 21 contests––and posted a .280/.314/.512 slash line with nine doubles, two triples, and two round-trippers in 87 plate appearances.
Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz pitched most of the campaign with the LVBP team but hurled three scoreless innings in three minor league relief appearances.
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