Bravos de Margarita 4, Leones de Caracas 3 — C JR House’s solo homer in the 3rd inning turned out to be the winning run for Los Bravos. It was a good night for House, who also singled twice and walked once. LF Mike Ryan and C Carlos Maldonado both singled for Los Leones and Ryan scored once. Jhonathan Ramos and Jean Machi each were credited with a “hold” — Ramos finished the 7th inning for Los Bravos, retiring the only batter he faced. Machi pitched a scoreless 8th inning, allowing only a walk. Jose Ascanio also walked one batter as he pitched a scoreless top of the 9th for Caracas.
Tigres de Aragua 6, Caribes de Anzoategui 1 — Homers by 1B Hector Gimenez and C Raul Chavez boosted Los Tigres over Los Caribes. Two singles and a fielder’s choice gave Los Tigres a run in the top of the 1st, and both Gimenez and LF Lastings Milledge walked in that inning, as Aragua left the bases loaded. Los Caribes tied the score at 1-1 in the 3rd on two singles, a bunt, and a sacrifice fly. That chased the Aragua starter, and brought in Wil Ledezma from the bullpen. Ledezma finished the inning and went on to pitch two more innings, retiring all 7 batters he faced, including 3 strikeouts. Los Tigres took the lead again in the 7th, with a solo homer by Gimenez, a run on a double and a single, and then Chavez’s 2-run homer. They added one more solo homer in the top of the 9th.
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Algodoneros de Guasave 2, Tomateros de Culiacan 1 — Guasave took a 3-2 game lead in this semi-final series with this win. Three singles and a fielding error gave Guasave their 2 runs in the 3rd inning. Los Tomateros scored their only run in the top of the 7th on a solo home run. 1B Yurendell de Caster walked once but did not score for Guasave. SS Luis Cruz went 0-for-4 for Culiacan.
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