LaRoche Homers In Venezuela


Indios de Mayaguez� 6,� Criollos de Caguas� 0� — Los Criollos were shutout and limited to just 4 hits, and their own 2 errors did not help.� 3B Ramon Vazquez had one of the hits, a single in the top of the 1st.� SS Luis Figueroa also had a hit, a single in the 8th, and he walked in the 6th.� Both times, Figueroa reached second base on a wild pitch, but he was the only Caguas runner to reach second base in the game.

Gigantes de Carolina� 11,� Leones de Ponce� 10� —After trading the lead back and forth through the game, Los Gigantes went into the bottom of the 9th with the score tied at 10-10.� With former Pirate farmhand RJ Rodriguez on the mound for Ponce, pinch-hitter Armando Rios stepped in for another former Pirate farmhand, RF Luis Matos.� Rios beat out a grounder to third for a single, and he was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Benji Gonzalez. A sacrifice bunt moved Gonzalez to second base, and a grounder slipped through the left side of the infield for a single let Gonzalez race around from second to score the winning run.


Leones del Escogido� 4,� Gigantes del Cibao� 3� — Los Gigantes’ reliever Mike Dubee came into the game in the 6th inning, after the starter Castro had gotten into a jam.� But Dubee could not hold back Los Leones.� Two runs score in that inning, to give Los Leones the lead, and Dubee also allwed a run to score in the 7th, charging him with the Blown Save.

Toros del Este� 2,� Aguilas Cibaenas� 0� — A pitching duel, with a total of just 8 hits in the game.� C Jason Jaramillo did not have a hit for Los Toros, but he reached base on a intentional walk after a single in the 5th.� The next batter, CF Ruddy Yan, did not obligingly bounce into a double play, but instead singled up the middle, driving in Los Toros’ first run.� They also scored on a homer in the 7th.� CF Starling Marte had one of Los Aguilas’ 3 hits, a single in the bottom of the 9th.� He was forced out at second base on the next play.