PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas 3, Leones de Ponce 0 – All 3 of Los Criollos’ runs came in the top of the 5th. 3B Ramon Vazquez led off with a single, and two more singles loaded the bases. Then SS Luis Figueroa swept them clean with a triple into right field.
Gigantes del Cibao 9, Toros del Este 8 – Four runs in the top of the 9th gave Los Gigantes the win, though Los Toros out-hit them 18 – 13. The 4 runs came on two errors, two singles, a double, and a throwing error. SS Pedro Ciriaco contributed a sacrifice bunt during Los Toros’ 4-run 2nd inning. Ciriaco also singled to lead off the 5th inning, but was out in a force play at second base, as former Indy Indian Tim Harikkala came on to pitch for Los Gigantes and got out of the bases-loaded jam.
Aguilas Cibaenas 12, Tigres del Licey 6 – Los Aguilas posted 15 hits and scored 5 runs in the 3rd and 4 runs in the 7th innings. Licey had the early lead, with a 2-run homer by Indy area native RF Jake Fox in the 1st inning. DH Ronny Paulino also homered (solo) for Los Tigres in the 8th inning, and C Robinzon Diaz had a sacrifice fly in the 2nd. LF Starling Marte came on to play center field for Los Aguilas in the top of the 9th, but did not have an at-bat. RF Kevin Melillo hit one of four consecutive singles for Los Agulias in the 3rd inning. Denny Bautista came on to pitch for Los Toros with the bases loaded in that inning, and he gave up a bases-clearing triple to the first batter he faced. A sacrifice bunt back to Bautista allowed the 5th run of the inning to score. Melillo also singled after a 2-run homer in the 4th.
Leones del Escogido 3, Estrellas de Oriente 1 — Los Estrellas scored their run on a solo homer in the 4th inning. Los Leones needed three singles, a walk, and an error in the 8th inning to plate their two runs. C Dusty Brown singled in the 2nd inning and walked to lead off the 5th for Los Estrellas, but was left on base both times.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Algodoneros de Guasave 3, Venados de Mazatlan 2 – Each team blasted two solo home runs in this fog-shortened game, but Guasave added one more run on a double by Yurendell de Caster and an RBI single in the 4th. Rogelios Noris went 0-for-2 in the game.
Yaquis de Obregon 3, Aguilas de Mexicali 2 – All of the scoring was done in the 4th inning. Obregon was first onto the scoreboard with a triple, an RBI single, and a 2-run homer in the top half. 1B Matt Hague led off Los Aguilas’ half with an infield single, then scored on another 2-run homer. Hague also walked in the 1st inning but was left on base.
Adelaide Bite 4, Sydney Blue Sox 3 – Three straight singles gave the Bite their first two runs in the 2nd inning, then they added a run in the 3rd on CF James McOwen’s solo homer. The Blue Sox chipped away at that 3-0 lead, scoring a run in each of the 5th, 7th, and 8th innings to tie the score. The Bite pulled it out in the bottom of the 9th. McOwen reached on a fielding error, and LF Quincy Latimore bunted him to second base. After an intentional walk, an RBI single gave the Bite the walk-off win. Latimore was 0-for-3 in his other plate appearances. His average has “fallen” to .361.