Winter Leagues 12/1– Unearned Runs From Martis And Ascanio
The Dominican and Puerto Rican Leagues have the day off on Thursday, but the Venezuelans were busy, and the Australians had some early games going:
Aguilas de Zulia 7, Tiburones de La Guaira 1
New Pirate Shairon Martis lost his second game of the season, but it was not entirely his fault. Los Tiburones scored 4 unearned runs in the 2nd inning, then added 3 runs in the 8th for more insurance. Martis had retired Los Aguilas in order in the 1st inning. Then, with two on and two out in the 2nd, a fielding error at third base loaded the bases. Two more singles, plus a throwing error by Martis himself, brought in four runs. Martis went on to pitch three more innings, allowing a double and a single.
Leones del Caracas 3, Caribes de Anzoategui 2
It took Los Leones 11 innings to win this game. They broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 11th with a single, a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk to Ramon Cabrera, and a walk-off RBI single. Cabrera had entered the game in the 10th, taking over behind the plate for Los Leones. Los Caribes scored the first run of the game on a pair of doubles in the 1st. Two singles and a fielding error gave Los Leones an unearned run in the 5th. Jose Ascanio came on in relief for Los Leones in the 6th, and escaped without allowing a run (despite allowing a single and a double) when his center fielder and second baseman combined on a throw in to the plate, cutting down the runner at the plate. A missed catch error in the 7th put runners on the corners for Los Caribes. When CF Gorkys Hernandez bounced into a double play, the runner on third scored an unearned run charged to Ascanio. Los Caracas tied the score again in the 8th, with a single and a triple. Hernandez was 0-for-4 in the game.
Tigres de Aragua 11, Navegantes del Magallanes 6
Los Tigres roared out 19 hits for 11 runs, with all but one member of their starting line-up collecting at least one hit. SS Ronny Cedeno, 1B Hector Gimenez, and LF Lastings Milledge had 2 hits each, while CF Jonel Pacheco had one hit and scored twice. Milledge also contributed a solo homer in the 2nd. Los Tigres capped their evening with a 5-run top of the 9th. Pacheco’s single was one of three in that inning, which also included two doubles, a walk, and an error.
Adelaide Bite 9, Melbourne Aces 6
This early game was the completion of a game that was suspended. The Bite’s CF Denny Almonte (Mariners) went 3-for-5, with a grand slam, a 3-run homer, and a single, for a total of 8 RBI. It was the second day in a row in which Almonte smacked three hits. The grand slam came in the 4th inning, the RBI single came in the 7th, when the Bite scored 2 runs. The game was tied at 6-6 going into the bottom of the 9th, when a single and a hit batter set up Almonte for his game-winning walk-off 3-run blast. 1B Calvin Anderson went 0-for-4 for the Bite. Reliever Rinku Singh pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the Bite in the 7th, with one strikeout. Singh was relieved by Ryan Beckman, who was touched for an unearned run. A hit batter and a throwing error put two runners into scoring position, and the run scored on a ground out. Another single had a runner racing for home, but he was out at the plate on a throw in from left field.
Aces 3, Bite 2
Paul Mildren suffered the loss for the Bite, despite sailing through the first four innings of the game. He retired the first 9 batters he faced in order, before giving up a single to begin the 4th inning. Then Mildren promptly picked that runner off first base. The Aces got to Mildren in the 5th, though, with a double, a single, and a 3-run homer. The Melbourne pitching staff figured out how to keep CF Denny Almonte quiet, holding him hitless in this game. The Bite scored on a solo homer in the 2nd inning, and picked up another run on two walks, a bunt, and a sacrifice fly in the 7th. 1B Calvin Anderson singled in the 6th inning but did not score.
Canberra Cavalry 7, Perth Heat 0
The Heat could not capitalize on several innings of scoring opportunities, nor on 4 errors by the Cavalry. They left the bases loaded in two innings, and left two runners on base in three more innings, for a total of 11 LOB. 1B Aaron Baker singled for the Heat in the 2nd inning. The Cavalry scored in four of the first five innings. C Travis Scott doubled in the second of two runs in the 1st inning. Canberra scored one run in the 2nd, and two more on a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Scott also led off the 8th inning with a double, and scored the final Cavalry run on a single and a throwing error.