Commentary

Garcia belts three homers in win

Originally Published: December 13, 2010
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

Based on what former major leaguer outfielder Karim Garcia did Sunday in Navojoa , it's hard to imagine he won't receive an invitation to spring training in 2011.

Garcia hit three homers and drove in nine runs in the 12-8 victory of Naranjeros de Hermosillo against local Mayos, a performance that enters him into the Mexican Winter Pacific League record books.

Garcia, who played in the majors for seven team in 10 seasons, homered in his first three at-bats, including a grand slam in the second inning.

Garcia tied the Mexican home run record in a game, with 29 other players, and RBIs in a game, with three others. He also tied the mark of five homers in three games, and has totaled 19 RBIs in the last four games.

In Culiacan, Salvador Robles limited Tomateros to one run in six innings, and Algodoneros de Guasave defeated them 5-4 to sweep the three-game weekend series and run their winning streak to five games.

In Mazatlan, Venados' offense couldn't do anything against Ryan Drese, and Mazatlan lost 2-1 to Aguilas de Mexicali, who took the weekend series.

Walter Silva took his seventh loss of the season. Oscar Robles and Emmanuel Valdez drove in the runs of Aguilas, and Luis Ayala picked his 10th save.

In Ciudad Obregon, Yaquis' bullpen fired 4 1/3 shutout innings in a 3-2 victory over Caneros de Los Mochis, to win the series 2-1.

Venezuelan League

In Isla Margarita, Bravos won 8-3 against Navegantes de Magallanes to remain atop the standings in the Venezuelan winter league. Rene Reyes and Jason Lane drove in two runs apiece, while Wilmer went 5-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

In Caracas, Aguilas de Zulia beat Leones 4-3 in 12 innings.

A sacrifice fly by Ernesto Mejia broke a tie in the top of the 12th inning and gave the victory to Aguilas.

In Maracay, Tigres de Aragua defeated Tiburones 7-3 in La Guaira. Lastings Milledge led the Tigres' victory. He went 2-for-2, with a double, three RBIs and a run scored.

In Puerto La Cruz, Caribes de Anzoategui and Cardenales de Lara split victories in a doubleheader. In the first game, Juan Pablo Camacho's hot bat helped Caribes to the victory 8-7. In the second game, a grand slam by Alcides Escobar led the Cardinals' 5-0 victory.

Puerto Rico and DR All-Star Interleague Game

In Mayaguez, Puerto Rico's All-Star team took advantage of three errors to score four runs, enough to defeat 4-3 the Dominican Republic All-Star team for the fifth time in history, and the first time since 2006.

The local team's designated hitter, Pedro Valdez was named MVP. He scored the first unearned run for Puerto Rico in the fourth inning.

The winning pitcher was Hector Santiago, who defeated Julio De Paula. The save went to Raul Rivera

The Domincans lead the series 3-2. PR won the first ever All-Star Interleague Game 14-7 in 2003, and DR won the other three games -- 6-5 in 2004, 6-2 in 2005 and 2006.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.