Hicks stays hot for unbeaten Bravos

Hicks stays hot for unbeaten Bravos

Hicks stays hot for unbeaten Bravos
Venezuelan Winter League

Margarita 7, La Guaira 2
Aaron Hicks, the Twins' No. 3 prospect, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored off the bench as the Bravos improved to 5-0. Former Tigers farmhand Jackson Melian slugged a two-run homer and Frank Diaz went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored for Margarita. Eastern League MVP Darin Ruf (Phillies) and Dodgers prospect Scott Van Slyke went yard for the Tiburones. Box score

Caracas 5, Lara 3
Cubs prospect Yoanner Negrin allowed two hits over five scoreless innings as the Leones held on and snapped the Cardenales' three-game winning streak. Nationals farmhand Carlos Rivero homered for Caracas, while Guillermo Quiroz -- who appeared in two games for the Mariners this season -- slugged a two-run shot for Lara. Box score

Magallanes 9, Zulia 4
Mariners Minor Leaguer Johermyn Chavez went 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and two runs scored, powering the Navegantes past the Aguilas. Angels farmhand Darwin Perez chipped in two hits and scored a run for Magallanes, while Yankees prospect Jose Pirela was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for Zulia, which committed six errors. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Toros 11, Licey 3
Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored out of the leadoff spot in the Toros' first win. Yan Gomes (Blue Jays) and Eugenio Velez, who spent the season with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, smacked two-run homers for Este. Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin had two hits, including a solo shot, for Licey. Box score

Escogido at Gigantes, postponed

Mexican Pacific League

Culiacan 3, Navojoa 0 (6 innings)
Former Yankees farmhand Amauri Sanit struck out four over five innings as the Tomateros recorded a rain-shortened one-hitter. Cory Aldridge, who ended the season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, homered, doubled and raised his average to .583 for Culiacan. Abel Martinez had the lone hit for Navojoa. Gameday box score

Guasave 9, Mazatlan 4
Twins prospect Chris Colabello went 3-for-4 with an RBI, scored a run and raised his average to .545 in the Algodoñeros' third straight win. Orioles farmhand Zelous Wheeler also had three hits, including a solo homer, and scored three times for Guasave. Jesus Castillo and Heber Gomez went deep in a losing effort. Gameday box score

Mexicali 4, Obregon 3
Irwin Delgado allowed one hit and struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings, helping the Aguilas hand the Yaquis their first loss of the season. Issmael Salas ripped a solo homer, doubled and scored twice for Mexicali, while Cubs farmhand Alfredo Amezaga singled twice, walked twice and scored a run for Obregon. Gameday box score

Hermosillo at Los Mochis, postponed