Dominican And Puerto Rican Leagues Begin Play; Noris Homers

Leones del Caracas� 6,� Caribes de Anzoategui� 1� — Former Pirate farmhand Ronald Uviedo earned the win with 4 shutout innings, allowing just one hit, no walks, and 2 strikeouts.� He followed Ben Jukich (Reds), who pitched 4 hitless and scoreless innings in his start, with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.� Los Caribes had to wait until the 9th to get their one run on three hits.� Adenson Chourio pinch-ran in the 9th, but was out in the game-ending double play.� Caracas scored one run in each of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, then capped it off with a 3-run bottom of the 8th.� Another former Pirate, C Carlos Maldonado singled and scored the run in the 2nd inning, and then doubled in the 6th.

Navegantes del Magallanes� 11,� Tigres de Aragua� 2� — Magallanes sailed circles around Aragua, including a 6-run 4th inning.� 1B Hector Gimenez singled and scored Aragua’s first run in the 4th inning, driven in by C Raul Chavez.� Gimenez also had anower single and a walk.� Chavez drove in Aragua’s second run in the 8th inning with a sacrifice fly.� Former Pirate LF Mike Ryan singled and scored in Los Navegantes’ 3-run 3rd inning.� SS Argenis Diaz started the 4th inning rally with a single, then came around to score.� A homer and a triple added to the fun.� Ryan was removed from the game after the 3rd inning, but it’s not clear why — a possible injury?

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Mayos de Navojoa� 6,� Venados de Mazatlan� 5 — Mazatlan had the early lead with a run in each of the 2nd and 3rd innings.� Navojoa came back to score 5 runs over the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings to take a 5-2 lead.� Los Venados made a valiant effort to come back.� In the bottom of the 8th, RF Rogelios Noris opened the inning by reaching base on a throwing error, then scored from first on SS Elliot Johnson’s (Rays) double.� Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly, to bring Mazatlan a little closer, 6-4.� In the bottom of the 9th, after a double play erased a lead-off single, Noris blasted a solo home run over the left field wall.� Johnson followed with a single, but a strikeout ended the rally and left Los Venados just short.

Yaquis de Obregon� 12,� Caneros de los Mochis� 5 — Obregon had a pair of 2-run innings and a pair of 4-run innings, but scored their 12 runs on only 9 hits.� Hit batters and walks made up the difference.� Mochis posted 11 hits, but scored only 5 runs.� CF Jeff Salazar doubled to lead off the 5th, and scored on 1B Daniel Fornes’ grand slam.� Obregon’s 2B Adan Velazquez hit the team’s second grand slam of the game in the 7th.

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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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