Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tigres down Bravos, 8-3

Alex Romero
Alex Romero batting for the Miracle in 2004

Margarita 3 at Aragua 8

W: Y. Pino (1-1, 2.25); L: O. Lira (0-1, 0.00)
HR: MAR: R. Cabrera (1).

Former Miracle Yohan Pino pitched 2.2 innings of relief to pick up his first win of this Venezuelan Winter League season Sunday, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 2.

The Bravos opened the scoring in the game when Franciso Leandro (F/A) doubled, moved to third on Anderson Machado's (Cincinnati) ground out and came home J.C. Boscan's (Cincinnati) double. Tigres starter Kyle Middleton (Houston) allowed the run. He would finish up with 3 hits and 2 strike outs in 4.1 innings.

Aragua answered back in the bottom of the inning with Raul Chavez (NY Yankees) drawing a walk. Willie Romero (F/A) singled his way onto base and Twins prospect Brian Buscher reached on a fielding error to load the bags with one out. Mike Aviles (Kansas City) drew a walk to push one run over the plate. Former Miracle Alex Romero (Arizona) would pop out, but a Ruben Salazar (F/A) single would bring in 2 before Juan Lucena's (St. Louis) ground out ended the inning,

The Tigers picked up 4 more in the bottom of the 5th, when Buscher's single was followed by an Aviles' double that took him home. Singles by Salarzar and Jose Martinez (St. Louis), and a double by Lucena would bring in 2 more, with Chavez's sac-fly making it four.

Former Miracle Josmir Romero (F/A) got onto the mound in the sixth, and the Bravos would get a pair of runs off him in the seventh.

Rochester's Ricky Barrett pitched 1 inning for the Bravos, allowing 1 run (unearned) on 2 hits while striking out 2.

Jose Mijares pitched .1 inning again, striking out Dennys Abreau (F/A) before Pino came in to finish the game.

Buscher finished up the game 1-for-4 at the plate with 2 runs and a walk, Alex Romero was 0-for-5, and has yet to record a hit in four games.

The League takes Monday off, Aragua plays at La Guaira on Tuesday at 7:30 PM A.S.T.


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