Pirates Hitting In Venezuela, But Not In The Dominican


Venados de Mazatlan� 5,� Naranjeros de Hermosillo� 4� — Los Naranjeros got onto the scoreboard in the 4th inning on a single, an RBI double by LF Humberto Cota, and three more singles, taking a 3-0 lead.� A 3-run homer by Mazatlan’s 3B Heber Gomez tied the score in the bottom of the 5th.� Hermosillo answered with a solo homer in the top of the 7th, taking a 4-3 lead.� Then in the bottom of the 7th, a single by Gomez and an error on a sacrifice bunt put tow runners on base.� LF Jon Weber ripped a line drive double into center field, scoring both runners to give Los Venados the lead.� Cota also singled in the 2nd inning and walked after the homer in the 7th.� Rogelios Noris entered the game in the 7th for Los Venados after their starting center fielder was ejected for arguing after a strikeout.� Noris struck out in his only plate appearance.


Senadores de San Juan� 8,� Gigantes de Carolina� 4� — 2B Benji Gonzalez doubled and walked twice for Los Gigantes, who were doubled up and out-hit by Los Senadores.� Gonzalez walked in the 5th inning, but was out at second in a force play.� In the 8th, down by a score of 8-0, Los Gigantes started a rally with a single, then Gonzalez doubled to put runners on second and third.� An RBI ground out brought in the first run, and Gonzalez scored on a single.� Los Gigantes added 2 more runs in the 9th, on a walk, a double, a wild pitch, and a single.� Gonzalez walked to put two runners on base again, but a ground out ended the inning and the game.


Leones del Escogido� 2,� Toros del Este� 1� — A pair of doubles in the top of the 8th gave Los Leones the run they needed to squeak by Los Toros.� Los Leones scored their first run in the 3rd, on two singles, one by SS Pedro Lopez, and two walks, forcing in a run.� Los Toros’ SS Pedro Ciriaco started their 4th inning rally with a lead-off single.� Ciriaco stole second base and moved to third on a throwing error, then scored on a sacrifice fly.� Jason Jaramillo grounded out in his pinch-hit appearance in the 8th, then remained in the game to catch the final inning.

Estrellas de Oriente� 6,� Aguilas Cibaenas� 2� — Los Aguilas scored their only 2 runs in their last chance in the bottom of the 9th — a batter reached on a wild pitch on strike three, then a pinch-hit single and a 2-RBI double gave them all the runs they would manage.� CF Starling Marte went 0-for-3 with one strikeout, dropping his average to .179.� C Luke Carlin also was 0-for-3, dropping his average to .050.