Thompson Boosting Los Gigantes

Tomateros de Culiacan  5,  Venados de Mazatlan  3  —  
Five runs by Los Tomateros in the 3rd inning was all they would need to win the game and sweep Los Venados from the playoff series.  2B Luis Cruz singled for Culiacan in the 3rd inning, and also doubled in the game.  Los Venados scored single runs in the 1st, 7th (home run) and 9th, but could not catch up.  Rogelios Noris pinch-ran for Los Venados in the 9th, but was left on base when the final out was recorded.  

Melbourne Aces  11,  Adelaide Bite  8  —  
The Bite had an early lead, ahead 6-1 after 3 innings, but the Aces kept plugging away, and finished up scoring 8 runs over the last 3 innings.  The Bite started with a pair of back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning.  Then two hit batters, a walk, and a grand slam added 4 runs in the 3rd inning.  LF Quincy Latimore reached base on a grounder force out at second after the walk, so he was one of the runs brought in with the grand slam.  Another solo homer added a run in the 5th for the Bite, and they scored one more in the 7th when they loaded the bases with a hit batter, a single, and a walk, then got a sacrifice fly.  The Aces did not score in the first two innings, but then scored in each of the rest of their at-bats, including 3 runs in the 7th, and 3 more in the 8th.

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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