Claggett Takes A Loss; Homers For Cedeno And Gimenez
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Indios de Mayaguez 9, Criollos de Caguas 5 — The two teams combined for 26 hits, and both SS Luis Figueroa and 2B/3B Ramon Vazquez had one hit in the game. Caguas got onto the scoreboard first, with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd. Mayaguez tied the score with 2 in the bottom of the 1st and took the lead with one run in the 3rd. Figueroa and Vazquez hit back-to-back singles in the 5th to begin Los Criollos’ rally. Figueroa scored on a throwing error by the center fielder, and Vazquez scored on a sacrifice fly. A single and a fielding error loaded the bases for Los Criollos, and a walk forced in the third run of the inning, to give Caguas a 5-3 lead. But Los Indios scored 2 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 8th for the win.
Perth Heat 9, Adelaide Bite 7 — For the first time in the Australian season, LF Quincy Latimore’s bat was quiet and he was not able to contribute to the Bite’s offensive game. Latimore went 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Perth used back-to-back homers to score 4 runs in the 2nd inning, then a 3-run homer and an RBI single to post another 4 runs in the 4th. Adelaide also had a 4-run inning in the 3rd, but only one big inning. A 3-run homer by SS Jeremy Cresswell, who had 3 hits in the game, plus an RBI double allowed the Bite to tie the score for at least a few minutes. Cresswell homered again in the 5th, this one a solo blast. A throwing error and a single added another run for the Bite in the 6th. Perth maintained the lead with a run on a hit batter, a single, and a sacrifice fly in the 7th. CF James McOwen homered for Adelaide in the bottom of the 9th, but they couldn’t sustain the rally. Former Altoona Curve Paul Mildren made the start for the Bite. He gave up the 4 runs in the 2nd and the next 4 runs in the 4th, and was relieved after getting only one out in the 4th inning.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan 9, Yaquis de Obregon 1 — Los Yaquis were held to only 4 hits. One was a home run, and that came in the 3rd inning. Los Venados had two big innings, scoring 3 runs in the 1st and 5 runs in the 5th. The bottom of the 1st began with two singles and a wild pitch, bringing in one run. After a grounder force out, three walks forced in another run and left the bases loaded for LF Rogelios Noris. Noris’ single drove in the third run of the inning. A single and three walks forced in Los Venados’ first run of the 5th inning, then CF Ruben Rivera cleared the bases with a grand slam. A solo homer in the 7th capped the scoring for Mazatlan. Noris also singled in the 4th, but was erased in a double play. CF Jeff Salazar went 0-for-4 for Obregon.