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LIDOM 2020: Sánchez Picks Up Toros, Germán; Florial Beats Deivi

With all six teams now having played at least half of their schedules, the LIDOM season turns for home and finds its constituent Yankees at various levels of confidence. Domingo Germán took the hill for Toros del Este against Tigres del Licey on Monday desperately needing to get back on track after three subpar outings in a row. The result was nothing less than a complete disaster, digging Toros an early hole from which they spent the entire night climbing out.

Germán’s Dreadful Run Continues

LIDOM was an important stop for all the Yankees who elected to participate, but perhaps for none more so than the 28-year-old right-hander attempting to make his way back into the league after the disturbing allegations against him came to light. Irrelevant in the grand scheme of things but important to his team’s long-term plan is the fact that Germán has looked downright horrid in four out of his five starts with Toros. Monday was the nadir, as Germán couldn’t even escape the first inning. He walked Emilio Bonifacio to lead off the game, and after a strikeout, gave up three straight singles to score two runs. He then struck out Carlos Franco for the second out before surrendering the backbreaking two-run double to Dennicher Carrasco that ended his night.

It took Germán 34 pitches to record two outs and give up four runs on four hits with a walk, and every batted ball was hit well. He’s likely to have a handful of starts remaining before returning to the states. His troubles extend far beyond baseball, but even on the field he doesn’t look like a player capable of contributing to a major league team.

Sánchez Anchors Toros Rally

Gary was a quiet 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. Toros had already stormed back from early 4-0 and 6-2 deficits to load the bases down by two, and a ground-ball single from Yamaico Navarro improbably tied the score at 7 with two outs. Sánchez was next in line, stepping to the plate with runners on first and second. He patiently worked the count full before jumping on Hansel Robles’ next offering and pulling it into left field for a go-ahead, two-run double.

Toros went on to win the game 10-7. Sánchez is now hitting .308 with eight hits, five of them for extra bases, in his LIDOM cameo. It might ultimately have very little impact on his Yankee performance in 2021, but does it matter? It’s simply delightful to see him producing and enjoying the game again.

Escogido Romps; Deivi Struggles Again

Garcia went to LIDOM for the reps, not for a confidence boost as Sánchez did. Regardless, he has not performed well thus far. Another underwhelming start took place over the weekend as his Tigres took on Estevan Florial and Leones del Escogido. As has been the case in previous outings, Garcia came out of the gate strong, facing the minimum through two innings while striking out one. But things unraveled in the third. He walked Julio Rodriguez to lead off the frame, then gave up a run-scoring double to Joseph Rosa. Up to the plate strode Florial, who unloaded on a changeup that didn’t tail quite far enough out of his wheelhouse.

Florial’s scorching triple scored the inning’s second run, and after he scored on a sacrifice fly and the next hitter walked, Garcia was yanked from the ballgame. He gave up three runs, all earned, in two and a third over 42 pitches, and enters his next start with a sky-high 7.50 ERA. Florial, meanwhile, also singled and stole a base later in the afternoon, putting together his first solid all-around game of the winter. His team emerged victorious in the battle of Santo Domingo by a 7-1 margin.

News and Notes

The LIDOM standings are as congested as can be, with no team more than three games out of the league lead. Escogido in particular is bearing down on the finish line, with just five games left to play…Recently-reacquired Nestor Cortes, spending the winter with Estrellas Orientales, has enjoyed a strong campaign so far. Cortes has made three starts and has racked up 15 strikeouts against just three walks in 11.2 innings pitched…The baseball world has closely watched the LIDOM debut of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and the young slugger has not disappointed, crushing two homers in his first three games with Escogido…Miguel Andújar still hasn’t played since before Thanksgiving, though he is still with Toros. No announcement has been made, either by his LIDOM outfit or by the Yankees, on his condition.

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