By Conor Liguori
WORLD BASEBALL NETWORK
His name is Alcides, but he helped his team roll like a Mercedes.
Alcides Escobar helped La Guaira crush Caracas 18-9 in Venezuelan Professional Baseball League action Monday night.
Escobar, the starting shortstop with the Kansas City Royals from 2011 through 2018, opened the scoring in the second inning for La Guaira with an RBI double down the left field line. His impact throughout the game helped spark La Guaira and maintain the lead.
With Caracas trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Isaias Tejada lifted a solo home run to left field to bring Caracas within one. Just a few batters later, current MLB free agent Harold Castro and Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres hit back-to-back singles to give Caracas a 4-3 lead.
Things began to unravel in the sixth for Caracas. After La Guaira tied the game on an RBI single by Wilson Garcia,shortstop Maikel Garcia hit a blooper right down the first base line next to the chalk, driving in two more runs. Gleyber Torres would also make a key error on a ground ball near the second base bag to bring home another run for La Guaira. All in all, the inning would end with nine runs crossing the plate. Caracas right hander Danny Rondon lasted only a third of an inning, giving up three earned runs on three hits and walking two.
The Seattle Mariners power hitting third baseman Eugenio Suarez kept the scoring going in the bottom of the seventh for Caracas with a double off the end of the bat, just out of the first basemen’s reach. Isaias Tejada would strike again in the seventh with a two-run single to cut La Guaita’s lead to 15-7.
The story of the night, however, was the play of Alcides Escobar. The soon to be 36-year-old finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Escobar played 115 games the last two years with the Washington Nationals before being designated for assignment. He is currently an MLB free agent, and will continue to play second base with Tiburones de La Guaira until spring training rolls around.
Leones del Caracas will play next on December 6 against Caribes de Anzoategui at 6 p.m. Eastern. Tiburones de La Guaira will face off against Bravos de Margarita, at 6 p.m. Eastern on December 6.