Former Pirates Help Aragua Into The Championship
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Yaquis de Obregon 7, Algodoneros de Guasave 4 – Los Yaquis won the second game of the championship series with 13 hits for 7 runs. A 3-run 2nd inning, with 2 doubles and a 2-run homer got them started, then they scored single runs in each of the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th innings. Guasave scored 2 runs in the 3rd on four singles. 1B Yurendell de Caster added 2 more runs with a 2-run homer in the 6th.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas 7, Leones de Ponce 6 – An exciting bottom of the 15th in the wee hours of the morning gave the win to Los Criollos. After four scoreless extra innings, the bottom of the 15th began with a walk, then a sacrifice bunt with a throwing error by the Ponce pitcher. Ponce manager Pat Listach was ejected at that point, and the Ponce pitcher was also replaced. An intentional walk loaded the bases, and moments later, a line drive into center field drove in the winning run. Los Leones had had a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the 8th. Los Criollos scored 2 runs in that inning, on a single by 3B Ramon Vazquez, a hit batter, an RBI single, and an RBI ground out by SS Luis Figueroa. Los Leones brought in RJ Rodriguez to pitch the bottom of the 9th, still up by one run. Rodriguez gave up a two-out single to Vazquez, who was replaced by a pinch-runner, then a double drove in the tying run. An error and two singles gave Ponce a go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, but Los Criollos matched with two singles and a walk off Rodriguez in the bottom of the frame, then a sacrifice fly to tie the score again. Both teams had base runners on in most of the next four innings, but it wasn’t until the 15th that Los Criollos were able to take advantage of their scoring opportunity. Rodriguez was charged with a Blown Save. Caguas leads the championship series 2-1.