Matt Diaz On Board; Ascanio And Tabata Reappear
Estrellas de Oriente 3, Tigres del Licey 1 – Los Estrellas scored one run in the 5th, on two walks and two singles. C Dusty Brown had one of the walks. In the 6th, a hit batter, a single, and a bunt put two Estrellas runners in scoring position. One runner scored on a wild pitch, and Brown brought in the second run with an RBI single to third base. Playing third for Los Tigres was Brown’s future teammate Andy Marte. Marte went 0-for-4 in the game. Los Tigres’ only run was a solo homer in the top of the 8th. Denny Bautista pitched a perfect bottom of the 8th for Licey.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 10, Venados de Mazatlan 3 – LF Rogelios Noris drove in all three runs for Los Venados. In the 4th inning, Los Venados loaded the bases on a fielding error, a single, and a hit batter. Noris slipped a single up the middle, bringing in 2 runs. Then in the 6th, Los Venados opened the inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases. This time, Noris lifted a sacrifice fly, plating the runner from third base. it wasn’t enough, though, as Hermosillo scored in 5 of the first 6 innings, including 4 runs in the 6th.
Adelaide Bite 8, Brisbane Bandits 4 – The Bite got onto the scoreboard in a big way in the top of the 2nd, when two walks and a single loaded the bases, and 3B Stefan Welch blasted a grand slam. They added another 2 runs in the 4th on a 2-RBI single that followed 3 walks. A pair of solo home runs, by Welch and C Brandon Bantz gave them some insurance in the 9th. LF Quincy Latimore had one hit in the game — the third of three singles in the top of the 1st. The lead runner tried to score on Latimore’s single, but was thrown out at the plate.
Perth Heat 7, Canberra Cavalry 0 – The Cavalry were held to just 5 hits. The closest they came to scoring was in the 8th inning, when they loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter, but left all three on base as a strikeout ended the inning. Perth scored in four consecutive innings, with a solo home run in the 2nd, then 2 runs in each of the next three innings. Rinku Singh pitched the bottom of the 8th for Canberra. He walked one batter, but got two strikeouts and a ground out, for a scoreless frame.