Padres' Rizzo stays hot in Dominican League

Padres' Rizzo stays hot in Dominican League

Padres' Rizzo stays hot in Dominican League
Dominican Winter League

Toros 9, Licey 4
Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo collected three hits, scored twice and drove in a run to raise his average to .455 for the Toros. Ricardo Nanita (Blue Jays) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Wilkin Ramirez (Braves) added two hits and a pair of runs for Este, which won for the third time in four games. Reds infielder Juan Francisco and Dodgers outfielder Jerry Sands homered in a losing cause. Box score

Aguilas 3, Estrellas 1
Padres right-hander Samuel Deduno struck out nine and allowed a run on two hits over 3 2/3 innings as the Aguilas extended their season-opening winning streak to four games. Audy Ciriaco (Tigers) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in his Dominican Winter League debut and Efren Navarro (Angels) hit his second homer for Cibaenas. Angels third base prospect Luis Jimenez reached twice and drove in the lone run for the winless Estrellas. Box score

Escogido 5, Gigantes 3
Cubs catching prospect Steve Clevenger reached base three times and former sixth-round pick Cole Figueroa doubled home a pair of runs as the Leones kept the Gigantes winless. Chris Rusin (Cubs) yielded a run on three hits while fanning three over four innings in the victory. Texas League All-Star Jimmy Paredes tripled and plated two runs for Cibao, while Erick Almonte (Brewers) had two hits and scored twice. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Lara 5, Zulia 0
A trio of Mariners prospects helped the last-place Cardenales win their second straight. Michael Saunders slugged a three-run homer, Alex Liddi doubled, walked and scored a run and Jarrett Grube struck out six over five scoreless innings for Lara. Justin Henry (Tigers) had the only multi-hit game for the Aguilas, going 2-for-4 out of the No. 2 spot. Box score

Aragua 2, Margarita 1
Sergio Perez (Astros) allowed a run on two hits and struck out three over five innings to earn his first win for the Tigres. Jose Rada (Cardinals) fanned five over 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief and Major League veteran Lastings Milledge went 2-for-4 for his fourth multi-hit effort in five games. Former big leaguer Yusmeiro Petit allowed two unearned runs on six hits and a walk over 5 1/3 frames for the Bravos. Box score

La Guaira 6, Magallanes 5 (11 innings)
Jeff Baisley went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and three runs scored as the Tiburones outlasted the Navegantes. The A's farmhand has nine hits over his last four games. Mexican Leaguer Cesar Suarez also had three hits and drove in two runs for La Guaira, while Gregory Infante (White Sox) pitched a scoreless 11th inning to earn his first win. Cubs first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair, the Pacific Coast League MVP, slugged his fifth long ball in defeat. He's gone yard in three straight games. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Mexicali 4, Mazatlan 2
Former Major Leaguer Mike Jacobs went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jorge Campillo pitched six solid innings to keep the Aguilas in first place. Former Cubs farmhand Issmael Salas scored twice for Mexicali, while Patrick McCoy (Nationals) tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Venados. Box score

Culiacan 11, Guasave 3
Yankees farmhand Jorge Vazquez continued his hot start with two hits and two RBIs for the Tomateros. He's driven in nine runs in six games and has at least one RBI in each of the last four. Refugio Cervantes hit his second homer, a three-run shot and D-backs prospect Cole Gillespie plated two runs and scored twice for Culiacan. Mario Valenzuela provided most of the Algodoñeros' offense with a pair of solo homers. Box score

Navojoa 10, Los Mochis 3
Padres farmhand Carlos Sosa reached four times, stole a base and drove in a run to lead the Mayos to their first win. Rolando Acosta slugged a grand slam and Christian Zazueta went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Navojoa. Cardinals Minor Leaguer Jermaine Curtis had two hits and scored a run for Los Mochis, which has lost five of six. Box score