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Criollos' Hernandez almost unhittable again

Blue Jays prospect tosses six shutout innings in second playoff start

Puerto Rican Winter League

Caguas 6, Mayaguez 0
Coming off five hitless innings in his first postseason start, Blue Jays prospect Fernando Hernandez yielded one hit over six frames as the Criollos climbed into a first-place tie in the round-robin playoffs. Edgard Clemente had two hits and two RBIs and Rey Navarro also drove in two runs for Caguas. Twins prospect Kennys Vargas picked up two of the Indios' four hits. Box score

Santurce 11, Carolina 7, 14 innings
Orlando Mercado delivered a three-run double to cap a four-run 14th inning as the Cangrejeros outlasted the Gigantes. Jose Ruiz slugged a two-run homer and former Minor Leaguer Geraldo Valentin collected three hits, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored for Santurce. Cardinals prospect Anthony Garcia smacked his third playoff homer, a three-run shot, for Carolina. Box score

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Dominican Winter League

Toros 8, Estrellas 5
Indians prospect Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer that helped the Toros snap a four-game losing streak in the round-robin playoffs. Giants farmhand Angel Villalona delivered a go-ahead three-run double for Este, which got two hits and two RBIs from Esteban German. Carlos Colmenares homered and singled in a losing effort. Box score

Escogido 6, Aguilas 3
Willy Aybar's three-run double capped a four-run sixth inning that propelled the Leones to their fourth straight playoff win. Pirates outfielder Starling Marte homered, singled and scored twice for Escogido, while Manny Ramirez was 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs for the Aguilas. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes 2, Caribes 0
Former Major Leaguer Gustavo Chacin struck out nine and allowed six hits over eight innings as the Navegantes climbed back to .500 in the round-robin playoffs. Royals newcomer Endy Chavez scored both runs for Magallanes, which got a sacrifice fly from Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval. Niuman Romero, Luis Nuñez and Jose Castillo had two hits apiece for the Caribes. Box score

Zulia 7, Lara 1
Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis collected three hits and three RBIs as the Aguilas climbed over the Cardenales into a first-place tie in the round-robin playoffs. Sandy Leon chipped in two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored for Zulia, which got 5 2/3 solid innings from Tomas Solis. Robert Perez smacked a solo homer for Lara. Box score

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