Winter League Playoffs 1/7 — Singh Takes Loss; Hernandez Sparks Los Caribes
The Caribbean playoffs continue on Saturday evening, and the Australian early Sunday games have started….
Caribes de Anzoategui 15, Navegantes del Magallanes 3
A 7-run 7th inning pushed the game way out of the reach of Los Navegantes. CF Gorkys Hernadez got the party started for Los Caribes when he walked in the top of the 1st, then scored two singles later. Los Navegantes tied the score in the bottom of the 1st. Los Caribes pulled ahead with 3 runs in the 2nd, on two doubles and two singles. Los Navegantes scored a run in the 4th, then Los Caribes made it 8-2 with 5 runs in the top of the 5th, again with two singles and two doubles, plus a sacrifice fly. Los Caribes sent 11 batters to the plate in the 7th inning. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases, and two of those scored on a double. Another walk loaded the bases again, then Hernandez drove in a run with a single into center field. A grand slam finished the scoring for Los Caribes. Los Navegantes scored one more run in the 8th. Exicardo Cayones came in to the game to play left field in the 7th inning. He struck out in his only plate appearance.
Tigres de Aragua 5, Tiburones de La Guaira 0
Los Tiburones were held to just 6 hits, and could not push any of their base runners across the plate. Los Tigres rallied for 3 runs in the 1st inning. CF Jonel Pacheco led of with a double, and three singles and a throwing error brought in the runs. LF Jorge Cortes walked to begin a rally in the 5th, and scored on an RBI single. Two singles and another walk by Cortes loaded the bases for Los Tigres in the 6th, with a run scoring on a sacrifice fly. Cortes also singled in the 2nd inning, but was caught stealing. Wil Ledezma pitched an inning of relief in the 7th for Los Tigres, skringing out the side, all going down swinging. Romulo Sanchez pitched the 8th for Los Tigres, allowing one single.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Indios de Mayaguez 5, Leones de Ponce 1
Los Indios scored 2 runs in the 1st inning on two singles, a double, and an error, then added a 3-run homer in the 7th. Los Leones loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the 6th, and scored their only run with a sacrifice fly. Los Leones put two runners into scoring position in the 8th, and with two on and two out, Los Indios brought in their new reliever, Justin Thomas, who had been pitching for Caracas in the Venezuelan League. Thomas faced one batter and got a fly out to end the inning.
Melbourne Aces 5, Adelaide Bite 4 (suspended game from yesterday)
When we last left our heroes, the Bite had scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning on a pair of 2-run homers, including one by 3B Stefan Welch. Melbourne had caught up by scoring a run in each of four different innings. Starter Paul Mildren had pitched 6.2 innings for the Bite, surrendering all 4 runs on 10 hits, with 7 strikeouts. Rain halted play with one out in the top of the 11th inning. When they resumed, the Bite made two more outs, for a scoreless top of the 11th. Rinku Singh took the mound for the Bite in the bottom of the 11th. Singh walked the first two batters he faced, then gave up a single up the middle, which scored the runner from second base to give the Aces the win.
Aces 13, Bite 3 (regularly scheduled game)
Six runs in the 4th inning gave the Aces a big lead, and they never looked back. Two RBI singles and a grand slam brought in those runs. They added a 2-run homer in the 6th, and 5 runs in the 8th on a 2-RBI double and a 3-run homer. The Bite scored all three of their runs in the 7th inning. 1B Calvin Anderson led off with a solo homer. A walk, a single, and a throwing error gave the Bite runners on second and third, and two ground outs drove in one run each. 3B Stefan Welch singled to lead off the 4th, but was erased in a double play.
Canberra Cavalry 5, Sydney Blue Sox 2
Three consecutive hits (two singles and a double) began the bottom of the 1st for the Cavalry, driving in one run. An RBI ground out and another single gave Canberra a 3-0 lead after one inning. The Blue Sox scored their only runs in the 4th with a 2-run homer. The Cavalry added 2 insurance runs in the 5th inning, when C Travis Scott doubled in a run, then scored from second base on an RBI single into right field.