Milledge, Gimenez, and LaRoche Homer; Ryan Hits For The Cycle

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Senadores de San Juan� 2,� Criollos de Caguas� 1� — San Juan had only two innings in which they had more than one runner on base, and the 6th was the only inning in which they scored — 2 runs on a walk, an error, and a double.� Los Senadores were held to just 3 hits.� But despite 8 hits, Los Criollos took the loss.� They had plenty of base runners, but were able to score only one run in the bottom of the 9th.� 3B Ramon Vazquez was hit by a pitch, advanced to third base on a single, and scored on an RBI single.� Vasquez had walked earlier in the game, but did not have any hits.� SS Luis Figueroa had two singles for Caguas, but was not able to come around to score.

Leones de Ponce� 7,� Gigantes de Carolina�� 6� — SS Benji Gonzalez got the start as the lead-off batter for Carolina tonight.�� He opened the game by walking, and former Indy Indian CF/RF Luis Matos followed by being hit by a pitch.� A walk loaded the bases, and Gonzalez scored on a wild pitch.� After two strikeouts there were two more walks, the second of which forced in Matos.� Ponce scored one run in the bottom of the inning, then Los Gigantes rallied for 4 runs in the 4th.� Gonzalez followed a walk with a single and Matos doubled, driving in one run.� Two more doubles drove in three more runs, including Gonzalez and Matos, for a 6-1 lead.� But Los Leones kept chipping away at the lead.� A bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 9th drove in 2 runs to tie the game.� Another bases-loaded single gave Ponce the winning run in the bottom of the 11th.� Former Pirate farmhand RJ Rodriguez was the winning pitcher, pitching the last 3 scoreless innings for Ponce.� He allowed one hit and two walks over those 3 innings.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Aguilas Cibaenas� 7,� Gigantes del Cibao� 4� — Another game with homers — two for Los Aguilas and three for Los Gigantes.� Los Gigantes were leading 4-2 going into the top of the 8th.� Mike Dubee was on the mound for Los Gigantes, and he struck out the first two batters he faced, then gave up a walk.� He was relieved, and the next batter, 2B Daniel Murphy, hit a 2-run homer to tie the game.� Los Gigantes went down in order in the bottom of the 8th.� Former Pirate Juan Perez began the top of the 9th for Los Gigantes, but faced only one batter — a strikeout.� Los Aguilas had a batter hit by a pitch, but he was erased in a double play.� Los Gigantes loaded the bases with 3 walks in the bottom of the frame, but could not score.� Then in the top of the 10th,� CF Starling Marte led off with a walk, and a fielding error on a sacrifice bunt put two runners on.� Then LF Eric Patterson broke the tie with a 3-run homer.� Los Gigantes had two singles in the bottom of the 10th, but could not score.� Marte also singled in the 7th inning.

Toros del Este� 4,� Estrellas de Oriente� 1� — C Jason Jaramillo had 2 hits in the game for Los Toros.� He singled to lead off the 3rd inning, but was left on base.� He also singled to load the bases in the 6th.� Jaramillo was out at second in a double play, but Los Toros scored twice in that inning.� They also scored one run in both the 4th and 5th innings.� Los Estrellas’ only run came on a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th.� Franquelis Osoria pitched a scoreless 7th inning for Los Estrellas.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Caneros de Los Mochis� 7,� Venados de Mazatlan� 5� — Mazatlan started out with the lead, on a 2-run homer by 1B Robert Saucedo in the 1st, and a run on a double and a single in the 2nd.� Los Caneros took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd with two singles, a walk, and a grand slam.� A solo homer in the 4th and a 2-run homer in the 5th gave Los Caneros a 7-3 lead.� Los Venados scored one run in the 7th, and one more on a solo homer by CF Ruben Rivera in the 8th, but could get no further.� LF Rogelios Noris had one walk in four plate appearances.

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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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