12/5 Winter League Results: Lagares Plays Second Straight Game

By Christopher Soto

December 6, 2018 No comments

Mexican Pacific League (LMP)

Naranjeros de Hermosillo 7 – 2 Tomateros de Culiacan
Aguilas de Mexicali 5 – 3 Yaquis de Obregon
Charros de Jalisco 7 – 6 Venados de Mazatlan
Caneros de Los Mochis 7 – 3 Mayos de Navojoa

Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP)

Cardenales de Lara 5 – 3 Leones del Caracas
Navegantes de Magallanes 5 – 4 Caribes de Anzoategui
Bravos de Margarita 9 – 3 Tigres de Aragua
Tiburones de la Guaira 12 – 5 Aguilas de Zulia

Dominican Winter League (LIDOM)

Estrellas Orientales 4 – 0 Tigres del Licey
Leones del Escogido 4 – 1 Toros del Este

Despite being a minor league free agent now, Jenrry Mejia doesn’t seem to be throwing like a guy “looking for a job.” In his four innings of work today, he seemed to be clearly working on specific things, most notably throwing his sinker for strikes and the usage of his curveball vs his normal out pitch, the slider. Of Mejia’s 78 pitches thrown last night, he threw 58 fastballs/sinkers (74%), 15 curveballs (19%), and only 5 sliders (6%) and 72% of his pitches were throw for strikes. This resulted in him not getting the swings and misses he had been in previous games as a lot of pitches were fouled off.

Gigantes del Cibao 5 – 0 Aguilas Cibaenas

Playing on back to back days, Lagares was limited to only four and half innings of work in this one as he removed from the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Despite his “0-fer” day, Lagares did put a couple of good swings on the ball. In his first at-bat, Lagares jumped on a first pitch fastball and drove it the other way but it was directly to the right fielder who recorded the easy out. In his second at-bat, Lagares once again punched a ball the other way, this time on the ground, but the first baseman was playing way off the line and made an excellent diving play to prevent Lagares from getting a single through the hole.

Defensively, Lagares did not record any put-outs but did have three singles up the middle come his way. One particular play in the bottom of the third inning stuck out as odd though. With the runner on first going on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the inning, a really soft ground ball single was hit to Lagares into fairly shallow center field. Rather than stopping at third though, the runner caught Lagares napping in center, broke for home, and scored. The play clearly shows that Lagares is still not fully caught up on the speed of the game.

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rico League (LBPRC)

Gigantes de Carolina 5 – 1 Criollos de Caguas
Indios de Mayaguez 7 – 1 Cangrejeros de Santurce