Winter League Recap: Bautista Strikes Out Five in Scorpions’ Win

By Christopher Soto

October 24, 2018 No comments

Gerson Bautista (Ed Delany/Mets Minors)

Arizona Fall League (AFL)

Peoria Javelinas 8 – 1 Glendale Desert Dogs
Salt River Rafters 7 – 5 Surprise Saguaros
Scottsdale Scorpions 2 – 1 Mesa Solar Sox

For the second time in as many days, the Scorpions offense was held in check by Solar Sox pitching as the only players to muster a hit today were Shed Long (three), Arquimedes Gamboa (two), and Desmond Lindsay. The Scorpions pitching though were up to the challenge and had a no-hitter going through nine innings of play. Nogosek, Blackham, and Bautista teamed up to pitch one scoreless each to preserve that no-hit bid.

In the top of the tenth inning, Andres Gimenez came into the game to pinch run for Heath Quinn as the extra innings runner at second base. After a walk to C.J. Hinojosa and a wild pitch that advanced him and Gimenez to second and third, Gamboa would finally score some runs for the Scorpions with a two-RBI double to left field to give them a 2-0 lead.

Gerson Bautista would stay in the game to start the bottom of the tenth inning but lost the no-hit bid allowing a lead-off single to Jhonny Pereda to put runners on first and third with no outs. An error by catcher Matt Winnon an attempted pick-off would allow one run to score but Bautista would manage to get out of the jam and secured the win for the team and himself.

The victory moves the Scorpions to (7-5) on the season and back into a three-way tie in the AFL East.

Mexican Pacific League (LMP)

Mayos de Navojoa – Venados de Mazatlan [Postponed due to Rain]
Charros de Jalisco 1 – 0 Yaquis de Obregon
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 8 – 3 Tomateros de Culiacan
Aguilas de Mexicali 5 – 3 Caneros de Los Mochis

Uriarte came into the game in the top of the sixth inning as a pinch-runner and remained in the game to catch. While he grounded out in his only AB, Uriarte did have an impact in the field throwing out Misael German trying to steal second base.

Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP)

Bravos de Margarita 11 – 0 Caribes de Anzoategui
Cardenales de Lara 4 – 3 Aguilas del Zulia
Leones del Caracas 7 – 1 Navegantes del Magallanes

Becerra led off the top of the fifth inning with a base hit up the middle for single but that was the entirety of his contribution in this one.

Dominican Winter League (LIDOM)

Aguilas Cibaenas 8 – 3 Leones del Escogido
Gigantes del Cibao 2-1 Estrellas de Oriente

Joey Terdoslavich just continues to mash in the LIDOM extending his hitting streak to nine straight games with a line drive single in the top of the fourth inning. His big moment of the game came in the top of the seventh inning. With the game still scoreless, Terdoslavich jumped on a first-pitch curveball and deposited it over the signage in left-center field for his first HR of the LIDOM season.

Tigres del Licey 8 – 7 Toros del Este

Round two of this Mets vs. Mets starting pitching match-up did not last very long as both Mejia and Crismatt were removed from this game early. Mejia was removed after the second inning as a precaution after he took a line drive off the top of his shin. To make matters worse, after recovering the ricocheted ball, Dom Smith put Mejia in harms way by underhand tossing the ball into the runner’s path which got Mejia’s glove hand caught in between.

He was able to finish the inning and for the most part looked solid tossing 34 pitches on the night of which 24 of them were for strikes. The stadium gun had his sinker clocking in between 88-92 mph and his curveball between 78-80 mph. The curve, in particular, seemed to have excellent break last night. His sinker was moving quite a bit too although Mejia did have a tendency to leave it up in the zone. The one earned run against him was a result of a misplay by the center fielder which allowed a runner on first to score on what should have been a single and a two-base error but was instead scored a triple.

For Crismatt, he deserved so much better than the stat line showed. After committing three errors behind him last week, the Tigres committed another three errors last night plus two non-error misplays, and a missed double play. The first run of the game was caused by a ground ball error by the shortstop followed by a throwing error on a pick-off by the catcher and a misplay by the right fielder that allowed the runner to score. Things would get worse for Crismatt in the top of the third inning. After allowing a lead-off single, the next batter Jordany Valdespin tried to give himself up with a sacrifice bunt but the ball was bobbled by the Tigres third baseman allowing Valdespin to reach safely. After this, a triple and a bloop single would give the Tigres a 4-1 lead.

Results aside, Crismatt’s fastball command looked good and he was clocking in between 87-90 mph with it. He mixed in his change-up effectively and was using third pitch, a looping curveball on occasion as well. Dom Smith was back in the line-up but once again did not look grounding out twice, striking out once, and hitting two weak fly balls. In addition to his near disaster play with Mejia, Smith also committed a key fielding error in the fourth inning that allowed a run to score. Its worth noting that fellow first baseman Carlos Franco was in the lineup as the DH as well and had himself a solid game with a 3-for-4 performance with two RBIs and a walk.

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rico League (LBPRC)

No Games Scheduled. The season will begin Nov. 15, 2018