Pirates Hitting In Venezuela, But Not In The Dominican

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Venados de Mazatlan� 5,� Naranjeros de Hermosillo� 4� — Los Naranjeros got onto the scoreboard in the 4th inning on a single, an RBI double by LF Humberto Cota, and three more singles, taking a 3-0 lead.� A 3-run homer by Mazatlan’s 3B Heber Gomez tied the score in the bottom of the 5th.� Hermosillo answered with a solo homer in the top of the 7th, taking a 4-3 lead.� Then in the bottom of the 7th, a single by Gomez and an error on a sacrifice bunt put tow runners on base.� LF Jon Weber ripped a line drive double into center field, scoring both runners to give Los Venados the lead.� Cota also singled in the 2nd inning and walked after the homer in the 7th.� Rogelios Noris entered the game in the 7th for Los Venados after their starting center fielder was ejected for arguing after a strikeout.� Noris struck out in his only plate appearance.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Senadores de San Juan� 8,� Gigantes de Carolina� 4� — 2B Benji Gonzalez doubled and walked twice for Los Gigantes, who were doubled up and out-hit by Los Senadores.� Gonzalez walked in the 5th inning, but was out at second in a force play.� In the 8th, down by a score of 8-0, Los Gigantes started a rally with a single, then Gonzalez doubled to put runners on second and third.� An RBI ground out brought in the first run, and Gonzalez scored on a single.� Los Gigantes added 2 more runs in the 9th, on a walk, a double, a wild pitch, and a single.� Gonzalez walked to put two runners on base again, but a ground out ended the inning and the game.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Leones del Escogido� 2,� Toros del Este� 1� — A pair of doubles in the top of the 8th gave Los Leones the run they needed to squeak by Los Toros.� Los Leones scored their first run in the 3rd, on two singles, one by SS Pedro Lopez, and two walks, forcing in a run.� Los Toros’ SS Pedro Ciriaco started their 4th inning rally with a lead-off single.� Ciriaco stole second base and moved to third on a throwing error, then scored on a sacrifice fly.� Jason Jaramillo grounded out in his pinch-hit appearance in the 8th, then remained in the game to catch the final inning.

Estrellas de Oriente� 6,� Aguilas Cibaenas� 2� — Los Aguilas scored their only 2 runs in their last chance in the bottom of the 9th — a batter reached on a wild pitch on strike three, then a pinch-hit single and a 2-RBI double gave them all the runs they would manage.� CF Starling Marte went 0-for-3 with one strikeout, dropping his average to .179.� C Luke Carlin also was 0-for-3, dropping his average to .050.

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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