LaRoche Homers In Venezuela


Indios de Mayaguez� 6,� Criollos de Caguas� 0� — Los Criollos were shutout and limited to just 4 hits, and their own 2 errors did not help.� 3B Ramon Vazquez had one of the hits, a single in the top of the 1st.� SS Luis Figueroa also had a hit, a single in the 8th, and he walked in the 6th.� Both times, Figueroa reached second base on a wild pitch, but he was the only Caguas runner to reach second base in the game.

Gigantes de Carolina� 11,� Leones de Ponce� 10� –After trading the lead back and forth through the game, Los Gigantes went into the bottom of the 9th with the score tied at 10-10.� With former Pirate farmhand RJ Rodriguez on the mound for Ponce, pinch-hitter Armando Rios stepped in for another former Pirate farmhand, RF Luis Matos.� Rios beat out a grounder to third for a single, and he was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Benji Gonzalez. A sacrifice bunt moved Gonzalez to second base, and a grounder slipped through the left side of the infield for a single let Gonzalez race around from second to score the winning run.


Leones del Escogido� 4,� Gigantes del Cibao� 3� — Los Gigantes’ reliever Mike Dubee came into the game in the 6th inning, after the starter Castro had gotten into a jam.� But Dubee could not hold back Los Leones.� Two runs score in that inning, to give Los Leones the lead, and Dubee also allwed a run to score in the 7th, charging him with the Blown Save.

Toros del Este� 2,� Aguilas Cibaenas� 0� — A pitching duel, with a total of just 8 hits in the game.� C Jason Jaramillo did not have a hit for Los Toros, but he reached base on a intentional walk after a single in the 5th.� The next batter, CF Ruddy Yan, did not obligingly bounce into a double play, but instead singled up the middle, driving in Los Toros’ first run.� They also scored on a homer in the 7th.� CF Starling Marte had one of Los Aguilas’ 3 hits, a single in the bottom of the 9th.� He was forced out at second base on the next play.

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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