Australians’ New League; Cedeno and Milledge Do Some Hitting

The Dominican League postponed all games, due to Hurricane Tomas.� One of the Puerto Rican League games (Carolina vs. Caguas) was also postponed.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Leones del Caracas� 9,� Tigres de Aragua� 2� — A meeting of the big cats… Los Tigres were held to just 5 hits, with SS Ronny Cedeno and LF Lastings Milledge collecting one hit each.� Milledge was responsible for both of Aragua’s runs.� In the 2nd inning, two singles were followed by Cedeno getting hit by a pitch.� Milledge doubled, driving in two runs.� Cedeno also tried to score,but he was thrown out at the plate.� Los Tigres threatened in the 6th inning, loading the bases on a single by Cedeno, another single, and a walk.� But pinch-hitter Raul Chavez popped out to end the inning.� CF Jorge Cortes walked in the 5th inning but was out in a double play.� Los Leones had two big innings — a 4-run 5th and a 3-run 9th.

Aguilas de Zulia� 1,� Caribes de Anzoategui� 0� — A pitching duel, with Los Caribes recording just 3 hits, and Los Aguilas getting only 5.� The only run came in the bottom of the 3rd, on a single, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single.� Los Caribes tried to rally in the bottom of the 9th, with a 2-out single.� Adenson Chourio came on to pinch-run, but he was left on base when the next batter struck out.

Los Navegantes del Magallanes� 4,� Tiburones de La Guaira� 3� — A fielding error and a sacrifice fly gave Magallanes one run in the 2nd inning, and two singles and an RBI ground out added another run in the 4th.� Los Navegantes kept that 2-0 lead until the bottom of the 8th, when two Tiburones walked with one out.� Jean Machi came on in relief for Los Navegantes.� He got the second out of the inning on a pop out, then the lead runner stole third base.� The next batter struck out, but strike three was a wild pitch by Machi, allowing the runner from third to score.� Los Tiburones rallied again in the bottom of the 9th.� Machi gave up a single, a sac bunt, and another single, putting runners on first and second on the throw.� A sacrifice fly brought in the tying run, sending the game into extra innings.� Magallanes loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, but couldn’t get any of the runners across the plate.� In the top of the 11th, a walk, a throwing error, and two singles gave Los Navegantes 2 runs.� Los Tiburones tried to answer back in the bottom of the frame with one run on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly, but they came up one short.

(AM update)

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Sydney Blue Sox� 1,� Canberra Cavalry� 0 — None of the Pirates’ players got into this inagural game, which turned out to be a pitching duel.� Sydney’s starter Chris Oxspring pitched 6 scoreless innings, scattering 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 8 Cavalry batters.� Four relievers combined to retire the remaining 9 batters for the shutout.� Meanwhile, four Cavalry pitchers pitched two innings each and held the Blue Sox to just 4 hits, though they gave up a total of 5 runs as well.� The Blue Sox had a runner on base in all but two innings, including loading the bases in the 6th.� But they only scored in the bottom of the 8th.� With two outs, a single, a stolen base, and another single drove in the only run of the game.

The next Australian games will be on Thursday, and next weekend will have a full schedule, including a pair of scheduled double headers.

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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