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DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Estrellas de Oriente� 3,� Aguilas Cibaenas� 1 — 3B Hector Luna homered for Los Aguilas in the 2nd inning, and that was all the scoring they would do.� CF Starling Marte singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning, going 1-for-4 in the game.� Luke Carlin came into the game in the 7th inning as a pinch-hitter (grounded out), then remained in the game to catch.� He also grounded out in the 9th.� Los Estrellas scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning on a walk, a double, and two RBI ground outs.� They added another run in the 4th with a solo home run.� Franquelis Osoria pitched 1.1 innings for Los Estrellas, allowing one hit.

Gigantes del Cibao� 6,� Tigres del Licey� 4� — Two runs in the top of the 10th on three walks, a double, and a single broke a 4-4 tie and eventually gave Los Gigantes the win.� Mike Dubee pitched 1.1 innings for Los Gigantes.� He entered the game in the 7th inning, after Licey had scored an unearned run.� Dubee struck out Indy area native 1B Jake Fox to end the 7t, then retired the side in order in the 8th.� Juan Perez took the mound to begin the bottom of the 10th for Los Gigantes, but he walked the first batter of the inning and was immediately relieved.

Toros del Este� 1,� Leones del Escogido� 0� –� Charlie Morton made his Dominican debut for Los Toros, pitching 4 shutout innings and allowing only one hit.� He struck out 5 batters.� He was throwing to a familiar face:� C Jason Jaramillo, who went 0-for-3 at the plate.� Morton left the game with the score still tied, and that tie lasted until the bottom of the 8th, when Los Toros scratched out a run on a single, a stolen base, a throwing error, and a sacrifice fly.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Yaquis de Obregon� 13,� Venados de Mazatlan� 8� — You might think that a 6-run inning would be enough to give you the win, but it wasn’t enough for Los Venados.� They were trailing 12 – 0 going into the top of the 7th, which began with a hit batter, a walk, and a single to load the bases.� That brought up RF/CF Rogelios Noris, who singled into left field, driving in 2 runs.� A sacrifice fly plated another run, a single scored Noris, and a 2-run homer capped the inning.� Noris also reached on a throwing error in the top of the 9th, and scored on a triple by Elliot Johnson.� Johnson scored on an RBI ground out.� CF Jeff Salazar started Obregon’s scoring with a solo homer in the bottom of the 2st.� He also walked in the 2nd inning, when Los Yaquis scored another run, forced in by a second walk.� Salazar homered for the second time with a runner on base in the 4th inning, and an third run scored in that inning, also forced in by a walk.� Obregon scored 4 runs in the 5th, and 3 in the 6th (Salazar singled, but was out at second on a force play), then one more with a homer in the 8th.

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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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