Milledge, LaRoche, and Cedeno Rolling In Venezuela
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas� 7,� Gigantes de Carolina� 3� — The 6-run 4th inning put Los Criollos over the top, as their pitchers held Carolina to just 3 hits.� Carolina’s only run came in the 7th inning.� 2B Benji Gonzalez walked and scored in that inning, and struck out in his only plate appearance.� RF Luis Matos was hit by a pitch and also came around to score.� Los Criollos’ SS Luis Figueroa singled and doubled.� He scored their run in the 3rd, then scored again in the 4th.� 3B Ramon Vazquez contributed an RBI single.
Gigantes del Cibao� 4,� Aguilas Cibaenas� 1� — Los Gigantes scored 2 runs in the 1st inning and 2 runs in the 6th inning, both times with a 2-run homer.� Los Aguilas scattered 3 hits over their first 7 innings.� They threatened in the 8th with a single, then a walk allowed by Gigantes’ reliever Juan Perez.� Perez got out of the inning without a run scoring.� Los Aguilas’ only run came in the 9th. on a solo homer.� LF Starling Marte had his only hit of the game in the 9th, but he was left on base.
Estrellas de Oriente� 5,� Toros del Este� 4� — Los Estrellas broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the 11th inning for the walk-off win.� They loaded the bases on a single and two walks, and won on an RBI single.� C Jason Jaramillo came into the game as a defensive replacement for Los Toros behind the plate in the bottom of the 6th.� In his first at-bat, in the top of the 7th, Los Toros loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.� A wild pitch brought in one run, and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases again.� Jaramillo’s RBI ground out brought in the second run of the inning.� SS Pedro Ciriaco, in his first game for Los Toros, had one hit in 5 at-bats — he singled in the 8th, and moved to second base on a subsequent play, but was doubled off second on a line-drive double play.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan� 8,� Mayos de Navojoa� 2� — Los Venados led all the way, and capped off the game with a 3-run 8th inning, scoring on 4 singles and a wild pitch.� Rogelios Noris came in to pinch-hit in the 9th inning, but flied out.� He remained in the game to play left field, but did not have a ball come to him in the bottom of the 9th.
Algodoneros de Guasave� 5,� Yaquis de Obregon� 4� — Los Yaquis posted 13 hits (to just 7 for Guasave) but their 9th inning rally fell short.� CF Jeff Salazar walked twice for Obregon and came around to score one run.� 3B Yurendell de Caster had two of Guasave’s 7 hits, but did not score.