Cedeno and Milledge Homer, Morton Pitches 6 Scoreless

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Criollos de Caguas� 5,� Gigantes de Carolina� 4� — An RBI single by RF Luis Matos got things going for Los Gigantes in the 1st, for a 2-0� lead.� Los Criollos came back with 4 runs in the 3rd, on 5 singles and a walk.� SS Luis Figueroa’s single in to right field loaded the bases in the inning, and he came around to score.� 3B Ramon Vazquez picked up an RBI when he walked, forcing in a run.� Two singles and a stolen base made it 5-2 for Los Criollos in the 3rd.� Two doubles and a single in the bottom of the 8th got Los Gigantes within one run, but they could not catch up.� 3B Ramon Vazquez had two walks and the RBI for Los Criollos.� 2B Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-3 for Los Gigantes.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Tigres del Licey� 3,� Gigantes del Cibao� 1� — C Robinzon Diaz had two hits and a sacrifice bunt for Los Tigres, who scored one run in each of the 1st, 5th, and 6th innings.� Mike Dubee came on in relief for Los Gigantes after Los Tigres’ run (on a home run) in the 6th, with two outs and Diaz on base.� Dubee struck out the first batter he faced to end the 6th,� then retired the side in the 7th.� Los Gigantes scored their only run in the 8th, on a pair of singles and an error.� Former Pirate farmhand JR House appeared in his first game for Los Gigantes, coming in as a defensive replacement behind the plate in the 8th inning.� He struck out in his only plate appearance.

Leones del Escogido� 2,� Toros del Este� 1� –� Charlie Morton pitched 6 scoreless innings for Los Toros but did not factor into the decision in this game.� Morton scattered 6 hits and one walk, with 5 strikeouts.� He took advantage of double plays, a runner thrown out at second base by his catcher Jason Jaramillo, and left runners on base, getting out of small jams.� After Morton was relieved to begin the 7th inning, Los Leones tied the score on a solo home run.� In the bottom of the 9th, Los Leones loaded the bases with a single, a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk, and a fielding error.� SS Pedro Lopez brought in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.� Jaramillo singled in the top of the 5th but was out in a double play.� SS Pedro Ciriaco was hitless in 4 trips to the plate, and he also made a fielding error, which did not result in a run.

Aguilas Cibaenas� 7,� Estrellas de Oriente� 4� — Franquelis Osoria was the losing pitcher in the 12th inning, when he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits, an intentional walk, and his own fielding error.� Pinch-hitter Starling Marte tied the gav eup for Los Aguilas with a solo home run in the 7th inning.� Los Estrellas scored another run in the bottom of the frame, but Los Aguilas scored again in the top of the 8th, tying the game again.� Marte remained in the game to play center field, and he singled again and scored in the 12th.� C Luke Carlin went 0-for-3 at the plate, and he walked in the 9th inning, but was replaced by a pinch-runner, who did not score.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Venados de Mazatlan� 5,� Naranjeros de Hermosillo� 4� — Los Naranjeros pounded Mazatlan pitching for 17 hits, but they also left 14 runners on base and came up one run short.� Hermosillo broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the top of the 7th, but Los Venados tied it again with a run in the bottom of the inning.� In the bottom of the 8th, Los Venados’ DH Robert Saucedo reached base and home-town favorite Rogelios Noris was brought on to pinch-run for him.� 3B Hector Gomez hit the RBI single that plated Noris with what would turn out to be the winning run.� Hermosillo’s DH Humberto Cota had 4 hits in the game, including one in the top of the 9th.� He was also replaced by a pinch-runner, but that runner could not make it around to score.

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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