A Loss For Valdez

Naranjeros de Hermosillo 10,  Venados de Mazatlan  9  —  
Los Naranjeros took an early 5-0 lead, with 3 runs scoring in the 1st and 2 more in the 3rd.  Los Venados tied the score with a 5-run 6th inning.  An RBI single was followed by a 3-run homer.  Then two more singles, a bunt by LF Rogelios Noris, a walk, and an RBI ground out brought in the fifth run of the inning.  Hermosillo regained the lead with a run in the 7th, and Mazatlan took the lead with 2 runs in the top of the 8th, as Noris contributed a sacrifice bunt.  Hermosillo made it 9-7 with 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Los Venados tied the score again in the top of the 9th, with a 2-run homer.  But the first batter in the bottom of the 9th homered for Hermosillo, for the walk-off win. 

Brisbane Bandits  3,  Adelaide Bite  1  —  
A solo homer in the top of the 1st was the only scoring the Bite could do.  They posted 7 more hits, and collected 4 walks plus a hit batter, but could not push any of those base runners across the plate.  The Bite left the bases loaded in the 5th, and had a runner thrown out at the plate in the 8th.  They loaded the bases again in the 9th, but a double play ended the game.  The lack of run support hurt starter Paul Mildren, who pitched 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.  Brisbane scored those 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, on 2 doubles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.  Mildren went on to pitch 6 scoreless innings, working out of a couple of jams.  He was relieved to begin the bottom of the 8th, and the first batter reliever Ryan Murphy faced hit a solo home run.  LF Quincy Latimore went 0-for-4 in the game.

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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