Winter League Playoffs 1/13 — Homer and 3 RBI For Moss
The Mexican Pacific and Puerto Rican Leagues have Friday night off, but the Dominicans and Venezuelans continue to play, with a few Pirates’ players and friends:
Aguilas Cibaenas 8, Leones del Escogido 4
Los Aguilas broke a 4-4 tie with 3-runs in the 6th, for an unusual loss for Los Leones. Escogido scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st. Los Aguilas got one run back in the bottom of the frame, with a single, a stolen base, and an RBI double by RF Brandon Moss. Two fielding errors and an RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd, then Moss gave Los Aguilas the lead with a 2-run homer. Los Leones tied the score again with 2 runs in the top of the 5th. The 6th began with three singles for Los Aguilas, driving in one run. After a wild pitch and a walk, another single added 2 more runs. A solo homer in the 7th gave Los Aguilas their final run.
Navegantes del Magallanes 10, Aguilas del Zulia 2
Cesar Valdez made the start for Los Aguilas, but it was a tough appearance for him. He allowed 3 doubles, 2 singles, and a sacrifice fly for 4 runs in the 1st inning, then 2 more runs on a single, an error, and 2 doubles in the 2nd inning. That made for a short outing, as he was relieved to begin the 3rd inning, and was charged with the loss. Los Navegantes went on to score 4 more runs over the next three innings. Los Aguilas scored one run in the top of the 1st, on a fielding error, C Carlos Maldonado being hit by a pitch, and an RBI single. Two singles and a passed ball gave Los Aguilas one more run in the 9th inning.
Tiburones de La Guaira 7, Caribes de Anzoategui 6
Los Tiburones began the game with 3 home runs in the top of the 1st — a 3-run blast before an out had been recorded, then a solo shot, and a 2-run homer. Los Caribes used a walk and three singles to score one run in the 2nd inning. Then Los Caribes burst out with 5 runs in the 7th inning to tie the score. A walk, a fielding error, and a single brought in the first run. CF Gorkys Hernandez singled to load the bases, then two more singles drove in two runs each, and the score was tied at 6-6. Los Caribes threatened in the 9th, 10th, and 12th, but could not push a run across. In the top of the 13th, Los Tiburones put two runners on base with a single and an intentional walk, then an RBI double brought in the go-ahead run. Los Caribes put a runner on base with a walk in the bottom of the inning, and Exicardo Cayones came on to pinch-run. But the next batter bounced into a double play to end the game.
Sydney Blue Sox 10, Adelaide Bite 3
The Blue Sox scored 7 runs over the first two innings, including 5 in the 2nd with a pair of 2-run homers, and the Bite could not keep up with them. Adelaide starter Reed Brown surrendered all those runs, and made a fielding error int eh 3rd, though did not allow a run in that inning. He began the 4th inning with a walk, and was relieved by Rinku Singh. Unfortunately, Singh was not having a good night either — he walked the first three batters he faced, forcing in a run. A single added two more runs, these charged to Singh. He also pitched a scoreless 5th inning, giving up another walk. The Bite finally got their bats going in the 6th inning, when 3B Stefan Welch led off with a single. He scored on an RBI double, and a triple drove in the second run of the inning. Another triple began a brief rally in the 8th, with 1B Calvin Anderson supplying the single that drove in that runner from third. Both Welch and Anderson were hit by pitches, and both were forced out at second base.
Perth Heat 8, Canberra Cavalry 7 (Game 1)
The Cavalry got started with 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases, and a single drove in a run before an out was recorded. DH Travis Scott bounced to first, starting a 3-2-3 double play, to force out the runner trying to score from third. A single drove in the remaining two runners, and an error allowed the fourth run to score. Two singles and a ground out added a run in the 2nd, then a double and an RBI single by Scott drove in a run in the 4th. The Heat were not stopping, though. They scored one run in the 1st and an unearned run in the 2nd. Two doubles, two singles, and a wild pitch gave the Heat 3 runs in the 6th. A solo home run tied the game at 6-6 in the 7th inning. The Heat scored a run in the top of the 10th on a walk and two singles. The Cavalry answered with a run in the bottom of the frame on an error and two singles. The Heat scored again in the top of the 11th with a walk, a bunt, and a wild pitch. This time the Cavalry could not answer, and the Heat had taken Game 1.
Heat 4, Cavalry 3 (Game 2)
The Heat also took the night cap, this time scoring the tie-breaking run in the 7th inning. The Heat began the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 3rd, and added a run in the 5th on a double and two singles. The Cavalry had a solo homer in the 4th, then tied the game in the 6th. After a single and two walks loaded the bases, C Travis Scott drove in one run with a sacrifice fly, and the tying run scored on an RBI single. The tie did not last long — three singles in the top of the 7th gave the Heat the go-ahead run. Scott was 0-for-3 with the sacrifice fly.