Gimenez, Tigres close in on championship

Gimenez, Tigres close in on championship

Gimenez, Tigres close in on championship
Venezuelan Winter League

Aragua 7, La Guaira 1
Former Major Leaguer Hector Gimenez doubled, singled and drove in four runs to help the Tigres climb within one win of their sixth championship in nine years. Former Cardinals farmhand Jose Martinez went 4-for-5 with an RBI and fell a homer shy of the cycle for Aragua, which took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 Finals. Big league veteran Yusmeiro Petit improved to 4-0 in the postseason after limiting the Tiburones to a run on four hits over five innings. Giants prospect Hector Sanchez tripled and scored La Guaira's lone run. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 5, Aguilas 2
Former Major Leaguer Fernando Tatis drove in two runs as the Leones halted a three-game losing streak and grabbed a 4-3 lead in the best-of-9 Championship Series. Indians newcomer Julio Lugo had two hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning for Escogido, which needs one win to claim its second title in three years. Minor League veteran Kris Johnson was credited with the victory after tossing 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Dodgers prospect Elian Herrera had two hits and scored a run for the Aguilas. Box score