Jackson terrific as Leones stifle Tigres

Jackson terrific as Leones stifle Tigres

Jackson terrific as Leones stifle Tigres
Venezuelan Winter League

Caracas 6, Aragua 1
After right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson tossed five shutout innings for Caracas, a five-run seventh put matters to bed. Wladimir Sutil had a two-run double and then Stephen Vogt smacked a three-run home run in that inning to give Leones a 6-0 lead in an eventual 6-1 victory. Box score

Margarita 4, Magallanes 2
Three walks and two wild pitches led to a three-run seventh for Margarita that turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Former Cubs farmhand Robert Coello was first at fault -- allowing two walks and a hit -- but the Padres' Ernesto Frieri poured gasoline on the fire by walking the first batter he faced before tossing a pair of wild pitches with a run scoring on each event. Margarita pitcher Yusmiero Petit was the beneficiary after seven strong innings, and Luis Martinez nailed down the 4-2 final. Box score

Zulia 7, La Guaira 2
Ernesto Mejia hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and Henry Rodriguez, Freddy Galvis, Freddy Parejo and Jose Pirela each drove in a run as Zulia tacked on three more insurance runs in the ninth for the win. Jose Martinez and Oscar Salazar each plated runs for La Guaira in support of starter Les Walrond (2-2), who was charged with four runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out seven. Wilfredo Boscan (3-1) earned the victory after allowing one run on just one hit over five frames. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Hermosillo 5, Navojoa 3
Jonathan Castellanos pitched six innings while allowing just one run to help the Naranjeros to a 5-3 win over the Mayos on Thursday. Hermosillo's Jose Amador tied the game with a fourth-inning homer and added an RBI double in the eighth. Current Atlanta Brave and former Boston Red Sox farmhand Jason Rice picked up the save for Hermosillo. Box score

Obregon 5, Mazatlan 2
Barbaro Canizares had a three-run homer in the fifth inning to turn a 2-0 Obregon deficit into a 3-2 lead in an eventual 5-2 win over Mazatlan on Thursday. Jeff Salazar added a solo shot in the seventh to give the Yaquis' bullpen a cushion. Luis Ayala capped five scoreless innings from the 'pen with a ninth-inning save to preserve the win. Box score

Guasave 11, Los Mochis 5
A nine-run fifth inning for Algodoneros broke open their Thursday matchup with Caneros de los Mochis in an eventual 11-5 win. Guasave's Japhat Amador had a pair of homers, including a three-run shot in the fifth-inning explosion. Daniel Guerrero struck out seven in six strong innings for the victors, who moved to 10-28 on the season. Box score

Culiacan 5, Mexicali 2
Andres Meza pitched seven strong innings for the Tomateros, striking out six and allowing one run, to pick up the win for Culiacan, 5-2, over Mexicali. A pair of New York Yankees, Ramiro Pena and Jorge Vazquez, joined Luis Cruz to homer for Culiacan. Box score