Astros Winter Ball update, Oct. 24.
Several Astros Major and Minor League players are continuing to hone their skills by playing Winter Ball this offseason. Courtesy of the Astros’ media relations staff, here’s a brief update:
Dominican Winter League
Licey 11, Aguilas 6
Dodgers outfielder Jerry Sands and Reds infielder Juan Francisco knocked in two runs apiece for the Tigres. Both players doubled and and scored in a decisive six-run seventh inning. Major League veterans Anderson Hernandez and Rene Rivera combined for six hits for Licey, while Rockies catching prospect Wilin Rosario went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.
Toros 6, Gigantes 5
Blue Jays farmhand Ricardo Nanita homered twice and drove in three runs as the Toros handed the last-place Gigantes their fifth loss in six games. Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Dodgers prospect Alfredo Silverio also went deep for Este, while Texas League All-Star Jimmy Paredes (Astros) went 3-for-4 with a solo shot in a losing cause.
Escogido 13, Aguilas 3
Astros first baseman Brett Wallace slugged a three-run homer in the first inning to send the Leones on their way to the win. Pirates farmhand Starling Marte also had a big day for Escogido, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Tigers Minor Leaguer Audy Ciriaco smacked a three-run shot for the Aguilas. Brewers farmhand Sam Narron tossed five shutout innings for his first win.
Venezuelan Winter League
Magallanes 2, Aragua 1
Astros farmhand Sergio Perez struck out nine over five shutout innings, outdueling former Mets Minor Leaguer Jose Sanchez. Pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia launched a solo homer in the ninth and Angels prospect Kole Calhoun was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Ex-Minor Leaguer Lino Urdaneta earned the win with a scoreless inning.
Zulia 8, Caribes 6
Nationals farmhand Seth Bynum belted a pinch-hit three-run homer and Astros Minor Leaguer Freddy Parejo doubled and knocked in two for the Aguilas. Blue Jays prospect Balbino Fuenmayor and Tigers farhmand Alexis Espinoza went deep for the Caribes. Former big leaguer Marcos Carvajal tossed a scoreless inning for the victory.
Magallanes 5, Lara 4 (11 inn.)
Magallanes rallied with four runs in the seventh to tie the game, then won in 11 innings as Francisco Martinez (Mariners) doubled, moved to third on a Darwin Perez sacrifice bunt, then scored on Astros prospect Jose Altuve’s walk-off single. Martinez and Jesus Flores (Nationals) had three hits apiece for the Navegantes.
Select Winter Ball stats, through Sunday’s games:
Altuve: .333 (10-for-30)
Bogusevic: .333 (9-for-27)
Paredes: .294 (10-for-34)
Wallace: .240 (6-for-25)
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