Venezuelan League Round-Up

Los Tigres beat Los Bravos on Sunday by a score of 5-2.  A solo homer gave Aragua the first run of the game in the 1st, then Margarita took the lead with a 2-run homer in the 2nd.  Jorge Cortes walked and scored the tying run in the 5th on Cedeno’s RBI single.  The wining runs scored on two more home runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Ronny Cedeno broke the tie with a solo homer, then Hector Gimenez added two insurance runs with his homer.  Justin Thomas pitched to one batter in the 5th inning, after the tying run scored, and he got a pop out to end the inning.  Anthony Claggett pitched 2 scoreless innings, as noted above.  

Tuesday’s games:  
Tigres de Aragua  8,  Aguilas de Zulia  1  —  A big 6-run 2nd inning gave Los Tigres a big lead.  LF Lastings Milledge opened the inning by reaching base on a fielding error, then stole second base.  A home run by 3B Marquez Smith scored Milledge.  CF Jorge Cortes followed the homer with the first of two singles, and scored on the second single. SS Ronny Cedeno singled, then a triple and another single brought in 3 more runs.  Cedeno and Cortes had 2 hits each (single and double for Cortes).  1B Hector Gimenez and Milledge each went 0-for-4.

Navegantes del Magallanes  5,  Leones del Caracas  3 — Corey Hamman pitched to one batter in the bottom of the 7th for Los Navegantes.  He came into the game with two outs, but walked the only batter he faced.  The next reliever ended the inning with a ground out.  Caracas scored one run in each of the first three innings.  Magallanes scored 2 runs in the 1st and one in the 2nd, then broke the tie in the top of the 4th with two walks and a double. Magallanes scored an insurance run in the top of the 8th.  In the bottom of the frame, Caracas put runners on the corners with one out.  Jean Machi came in from the bullpen and got out of the jam with a double play, started by SS Argenis Diaz, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner.  Machi also retired the side in order in the 9th, and he was credited with the win.  

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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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