Miguel Almonte Has Solid Outing in Gigantes Win


If the best performance of the week involved a pitcher giving up three runs in 4.1 innings of work, it was a rough week for the Royals players in the Winter Leagues. However, since only one of those runs were earned, Miguel Almonte may well have had the best performance in the first week of December.

We begin our journey once again in the Dominican Winter League. Miguel Almonte made his third appearance of the season; only this time, it was in a relief role. Although his defense struggled behind him, as he gave up three runs, one earned, in 4.1 innings o f work, Almonte still earned the victory. In that outing, Almonte allowed one walk and three hits, striking out four in a solid performance.

Carlos Peguero had put together a six game hitting streak before going 0-4 on Sunday night. For the week, Peguero was 6-26 with a double, a home run and seven RBI. However, Peguero also struck out 14 times in those 26 at bats, drawing all of two walks. Teammate Moises Sierra also put together a solid week for the Gigantes del Cabao, going 6-15 with two doubles and four RBI.

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Moving on to Aguilas Cibaenas, we find that Francisco Pena had a rough week. In his four games, Pena was 0-10 with four strikeouts. On the plus side, he did manage to draw a walk. Angel Franco had a slightly better week, as he was 1-12 with a double and two RBI. Of course, that slightly better week involved hitting .083 instead of .000.

Turning our attention to the Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, we look at Jack Lopez. Much like the other Royals players to this point, Lopez also struggled this week, as he was 1-10 with two walks and a strikeout.

Finally, our trek ends in Venezuela. Beginning with the Tiburones de La Guaira, Johnny Giavotella appeared in one game this week, going 1-5 with a strikeout. Buddy Baumann still has not made an appearance in two weeks, and it may be time to wonder if he is nursing an injury, or if his time in Venezuela has come to an end.

Continuing over to the Cardenales de Lara, we find Paulo Orlando, who was white hot last week. This week, he cooled down a bit, as he was 5-20. However, Orlando hit three doubles and drove in three runs, so he continued to produce for the Cardenales.

Jen will be back next week, taking over these recaps once again.