Big Night For Tabata and Cedeno; Hague Is In Mexico

Caribes de Anzoategui  2,  Cardenales de Lara  1   —  (Game 1)  DH Jose Tabata singled, doubled, and walked for Los Caribes.  Los Cardenales got onto the scoreboard first with a run on three singles in the 3rd inning.  Los Caribes threatened in the bottom of the inning, when Tabata walked and stole second, and two more walks loaded the bases, but a strikeout ended the inning with all three runners on base.  Tabata singled off Lara pitcher Romulo Sanchez in the 5th inning, and he stole second base again, but again runners were left on base.  A walk, a single, and an RBI grounder gave Los Caribes the tying run in the 6th inning.  Then Tabata led off the bottom of the 7th with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored the winning run on an RBI single for the walk-off win.  

Cardenales  6,  Caribes  5  —  (Game 2)  Tabata did not get into this game.  Romulo Sanchez pitched again for Los Cardenales, and he earned his first save of the season.  Lara scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st, and Los Caribes chipped away, tying the game in the 5th inning.  Los Cardenales scored on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single in the top of the 7th.  Sanchez took the mound in the bottom of the frame with one out and one runner on base.  He pitched to two batters and got two ground outs to end the game.  

Navegantes del Magallanes  4,  Bravos de Margarita  3  —  Los Bravos were trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the 9th, when they tied the game on a double, a single, and a 3-run homer, all off Los Navegantes’ reliever Jean Machi.  Los Bravos loaded the bases in the 10th, but did not score.  Jhonathan Ramos pitched to two batters in the top of the 11th — a walk and a strikeout.  After Los Bravos went down in order in the bottom of the 11th, Ramos came back out to begin the top of the 12th.  He got one out, then gave up two singles.  He was relieved, and the winning run scored on a throwing error, with the run and the loss charged to Ramos.  Los Bravos worked a walk in the bottom of the 12th, but could not score.  Corey Hamman pitched to one batter in the bottom of the 12 for Magallanes and got a flyout.  

Venados de Mazatlan  2,  Aguilas de Mexicali  1  —  
Los Venados scored a run in the bottom half of each of the first two innings.  They carried that 2-0 lead until the top of the 8th, when Los Aguilas scratched out their one run.  LF Rogelios Noris singled in the 4th, and reached third base on a walk and another single, but a double play ended the inning.  Noris also dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the 6th.  1B Matt Hague went 1-for-4 for Mexicali, with a single in the 5th.  Hague has now appeared in 5 games for Los Aguilas, having just joined the team this week.  He is now 2-for-17 (.118), with a single on Tuesday.  He has also had one strikeout in each game.  

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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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