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Sappelt nearly hits for cycle in Bravos' win

Sappelt nearly hits for cycle in Bravos' win

Sappelt nearly hits for cycle in Bravos' win
Venezuelan Winter League

Margarita 11, La Guaira 9
Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored, falling a triple shy of the cycle, as the Bravos held off the Tiburones. Former Nationals farmhand Frank Diaz, who leads the league with a .362 average, was 4-for-5 and drove in two runs for Margarita, while Jackson Melian contributed three RBIs. Former A's prospect Javier Herrera slugged three homers and drove in six runs on a four-hit night for La Guaira. Box score

Magallanes 14, Lara 5
Free agent Endy Chavez went 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Navegantes snapped a four-game losing streak. Astros infielder Jose Altuve and Eliezer Alfonzo also drove in three runs apiece for Magallanes, while Marlins prospect Jesus Solorzano was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored off the Cardenales' bench. Box score

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Caracas 1, Zulia 0
Cubs farmhand Yoanner Negrin scattered five hits over five innings for his third victory as the first-place Leones blanked the Aguilas to extend their winning streak to three games. Rays prospect Henry Wrigley grabbed a share of the league lead with his 10th homer for Caracas, while Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni doubled and walked twice for Zulia. Gameday box score

Aragua 6, Caribes 2, 12 innings
Twins' No. 6 prospect Oswaldo Arcia hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Tigres outlasted the Caribes. Guillermo Rodriguez and Yangervis Solarte (Rangers) both had two hits and an RBI for Aragua, while former Major Leaguer Jose Castillo singled twice and drove in two runs for Anzoategui. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Estrellas 5, Licey 1
Cubs' No. 9 prospect Junior Lake hit a three-run homer and scored twice in the first-place Estrellas' second win in a row. Felix Pie (Pirates) also went yard for Oriente, which got 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief from Victor Moreno. Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara slugged a solo shot in a losing effort. Box score

Aguilas 3, Escogido 2
Dodgers infielder Elian Herrera hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning, sending the Aguilas past the Leones. Efren Navarro (Angels) drove in the other two runs for Cibaeñas, which got 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief from former Minor Leaguer Angel Castro. Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago had two hits and scored a run for Escogido. Box score

Gigantes 7, Toros 4
Robinzon Diaz doubled twice, scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and added an RBI in the Gigantes' third straight victory. Cardinals prospect Ronny Gil went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Cibao, while Wilkin Ramirez (Twins) had three hits and scored once for the Toros. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Mayaguez 9, Carolina 2
Reds prospect Juan Silva homered and drove in five runs off the bench, powering the Indios past the Gigantes. One night after homering twice, Twins' No. 5 prospect Eddie Rosario went 3-for-5 with an RBI for Mayaguez, while Jorge Fernandez (Twins) helped Carolina avoid a shutout with a two-out two-run single in the ninth inning. Box score

Santurce 2, Caguas 1
Former Major Leaguer J.D. Durbin allowed a run on two hits over seven innings as the Cangrejeros avoided a third straight loss. Reds' No. 9 prospect Neftali Soto and Orlando Mercado slugged solo homers for Santurce, while Giants prospect Johnny Monell went yard for the first-place Criollos. Box score

Manati 3, Ponce 2
Red Sox infielder Ivan De Jesus went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and fell a triple shy of the cycle as the Atenienses handed the last-place Leones their fourth straight setback. Shinya Kayama yielded five hits over 6 1/3 shutout innings for Manati, while Pirates prospect Benji Gonzalez supplied Ponce's offense with a two-run single in the ninth. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Mexicali 4, Los Mochis 2
Former Royals farmhand Edgar Osuna allowed one earned run on five hits over five innings as the Aguilas doubled up the Cañeros. A's newcomer Luke Montz sparked Mexicali's four-run fourth with a leadoff homer and Yuniesky Betancourt added an RBI single. Cardinals prospect Jermaine Curtis singled, walked twice and scored a run for Los Mochis. Gameday box score

Culiacan 8, Mazatlan 2
Major League veteran Rodrigo Lopez gave up a run on two hits over six innings as the first-half champion Tomateros won for the 10th time in 12 games. Cory Aldridge, who spent the season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, went 2-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks and three runs scored for Culiacan. Jose Orozco homered for the Venados. Gameday box score

Hermosillo 10, Obregon 9
Jorge Cantu homered and drove in five runs, helping the Naranjeros rally past the Yaquis. Jose Aguilar put Hermosillo ahead for good with a three-run homer in the eighth inning, while league RBI leader Barbaro Canizares smacked a two-run blast and scored twice for Obregon. Gameday box score

Navojoa 5, Guasave 1
Former Indians farmhand Jose Chavez capped a four-run eighth inning with a three-run double as the Mayos handed the Algodoñeros their fourth straight loss. Kraig Binick chipped in two hits and two RBIs for Navojoa, which got 5 2/3 strong innings from Orlando Lara (Padres). Twins prospect Chris Colabello drove in Guasave's only run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Gameday box score

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