Last night was opening day for the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (or the Venezuelan Winter League) and two Yankees prospects had strong showings for their respective teams.
Catcher Francisco Diaz got the start for Bravos de Margarita, batting sixth in the lineup. The Yankees backstop went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs in the game. His first RBI came early in the first inning when he hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring home the second run of the inning.
Diaz’s lone hit came in the top of the ninth inning when he lined a single into center field, bring home Alfred Angarita for his second RBI of the game. Bravos de Margarita won the game 12-3.
Outfielder Alexander Palma started the game in left for Leones del Caracas. The 21-year old out of Guarenas, Venezuela went 3-for-5 in the opener with a run scored and 1 RBI. His first hit came in the fourth inning when he singled and then advanced to second on a throwing error by the second baseman. HE would come around to score after moving to third on a wild pitch and brought home on a single.
Palma hit a second single in the fifth and a third one in the seventh inning. However his strong game was not enough as Leones del Caracas lost 4-3 to Tiburones de La Guaira.