Thursday, October 25, 2007

Caribes beat up on Tigres

Frank Mata
Frank Mata

Caribes 10 at Aragua 1

W: M. Smith (1-0, 2.25); L: C. Bailey (1-1, 3.46)
HR: None.

The Tigres de Aragua faired badly in their first game against the Caribes De Oriente Wednesday, putting up only 1 run desipite getting 11 hits. Three errors, all by shortstop Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) were part of the Tigres' problems.

The Caribes got on the board early, with Andres Torres (Detroit) getting onto the bags on a ground ball, then moving to second on Jonathan Herrera's (Colorado) sac-bunt. Eliezer Alfonzo (San Francisco) reached on a Cedeno's throwing error and then Jody Gerult's (F/A) ground ball brought Torres in. Omar Infante (Detroit) reached on a force attempt that would prove to be Cedeno's second error of the game. Rico Washington (St. Louis) then doubled to clear the bases, giving the Caribes 4.

Herrera reached on a fource out that got Torres out at second in the 2nd inning and Alfonzo's double moved him over to 3rd. He'd be plated by Gerut's single to add to the Caribe's lead.

Los Tigres finally found some offense in the 4th, with Cedeno singling his way onto base, moving to 2nd on Mike Avile's (Kansas City) single and then coming home on Brian Buscher's (Minnesota) grounder out to center.

Infante doubled in Alfonzo and Gerut in the fifth, then came hom on Luis Landaeta's (F/A) single to make it 8-1 Caribes.

Torres' double in the 6th lead to a run, and Gerut's double in the 9th was enough to get him home when Washington hit into a double play off former Miracle Frank Mata (Minnesota).

Buscher was 1-for-4 in the game with 1 RBI. Former Miracle Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) was 3-for-4, but could not get past the plate. Jose Mijares (Minnesota) pitched a scoreless 7thing inning for the Tiger's allowing only 1 hit, while Mata finished up the final two frames, allowing 1 run on 2 hits.

Aragua takes Thursday off, then face los Navegantes del Magallanes on Friday at 7:30 PM AST. Former Miracle Jesus Merchan (Philadelphia) homered for Magallanes Thursday in their 6-2 win over Caracas.


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