Diaz and Fox Continue Hitting In Venezuela; Milledge Joins In

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Leones del Caracas 11,� Bravos de Margarita� 2� — Caracas exploded for 9 runs in the 4th inning, when 14 batters came to the plate.� C Carlos Maldonado doubled with the bases loaded in the inning, driving in 3 runs.� He also grounded out to end the inning.� Former Pirate farmhand Ronald Uviedo made the start for Caracas — unusual to see him not pitching in relief.� He threw 5 scoreless innings and held Margarita to just one hit, no walks, while striking out 4 batters.� Los Bravos were held to just 5 hits.� Their only runs came in the 8th inning, when 3B Andy LaRoche led off with a walk, and scored to third base on two wild pitches.� Three singles brought in another run.� LaRoche was hitless in three other trips to the plate.

Tigres de Aragua� 12,� Caribes de Anzoategui� 3� — Lastings Milledge has joined Los Tigres, doing DH duties tonight.� He walked twice in 5 at-bats and scored a run.� C Hector Gimenez singled and homered for Aragua.� Jorge Cortes made a pinch-hit appearance for Aragua, and Adenson Chourio did the same for Los Caribes — and both grounded out in the 9th inning.� Los Caribes scored first with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, taking advantage of wild pitches and a throwing error.� Los Tigres got one of the runs back in the 3rd, on a walk, a hit batter, and a wild pitch.� Gimenez got the 6th inning started with a lead-off homer, and Milledge followed the homer with a walk.� A throwing error on a pick-off attempt put Milledge on third base, and he scored on an RBI single.� A walk and a double brought in the third run of the inning.� Los Caribes scored one more run in the 7th, on two doubles.� Aragua poured it on in the last two innings.� They loaded the bases in the 8th, and brought in 2 runs with an RBI single, 2 on a throwing error, and one more on Gimenez’s sacrifice fly.� A 2-run homer sealed the deal in the 9th inning.� Los Caribes’ Gabriel Alvarado pitched to one batter in the 6th, and gave up a hit, and that runner came around to score.

Navegantes del Magallanes� 12,� Cardinales de Lara� 8 — Each team posted a 6-run inning, but Magallanes added more with 13 hits.� Lara did all their work with just 5 hits, including 3 by DH Luis Antonio Jemenez, who doubled and hit two home runs, for 6 RBI.� DH Mike Ryan and SS Argenis Diaz each had one hit and scored a run for Magallanes.� 1B Mark Trumbo went 3-for-3 with 2 homers and 6 RBI for Los Navegantes.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Yaquis de Obregon� 4,� Venados de Mazatlan� 2 — A 4-run 1st inning was all it took for Obregon.� CF Jeff Salazar led off with a double, and a few more hits accounted for all of Los Yaquis’ runs in the game.� Mazatlan got onto the scoreboard with a solo homer in the 3rd by 3B Heber Gomez, and Gomez also drove in Los Venados’ other run in the 7th.� LF Rogelios Noris singled but did not score.

Author: Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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