Sunday, November 4, 2007

Leones rally past Tigres, 7-6

Francisco Butto
Francisco Butto/Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Caracas 7 at Aragua 6

W: P. Abraham (1-1, 3.00); L: F. Butto (0-1, 3.68); SV: J. Plummer (2)
HR: ARA: A. Delgado (1).

Los Leones del Caracas rallied past the Tigres de Aragua on Saturday night to pick up a 7-6 win on the road in the first game of the home-and-home series.

Caracas got on the board in the 2nd inning, when Mario Lisson (Kansas City) singled his way onto base. With 2 outs, a Gregorio Petit (Oakland) fly ball brought in Lisson to give the Leones 1. Carl Lodenthal (Atlanda) singled and Roger Cedeno (F/A) would be hit by a pitch before Josmir Romero (F/A) found the last out to retire the side.

Aragua answered back in the 3rd, with Willie Romero (F/A) kicking things off with a double. Alex Delgado (F/A) and Jesus Feliciano (NY Mets) followed up with singles which plated Romero. Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) ground bunt forced Delgado out at 3rd. Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) would strike out swinging before Kansas City's Mike Aviles singled out to center to plate Feliciano.

Oswaldo Sosa (Minnesota) took over the Tigre's mound for the third. Henry Blanco (Chicago Cubs) would pop out and Luis A. Rodriguez (F/A) would strike out before Petit singled his way onto base. Sosa then walked Loadenthai and Cedeno to load the bases. Alex Prieto's (F/A) fly out to right brought in 2, and Cedeno made it three when hit crossed the plate in Jose Castillo's (Pittsburgh) fly ball. The Tigres would then relieve Sosa by bringing in Yohan Pino (Minnesota) who got Carlos Mendez (Atlanta) to strike out to end the inning.

Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) walked to start the bottom of the fourth. With 2 outs on the board, Delgado then put one over the left field wall to tie the game up at four each.

Pino would stay on the mound and work 1.2 inings, allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 1. Bobby Korecky (Minnesota) would then come in for 2 innings, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 4.

The Tigres wouldn't score again until the bottom of the 8th. Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) drew a walk off Carlos Bohorquez (Cincinnati) and moved to 2nd on Aviles sac-bunt. Alex Romero (Arizona) was intentionally walked before Maza's fly ball to center plated Cedeno. The Leones called for a pitching change, bringing in Victor Garate (Houston), but pinch-hitter Jose Martinez (St Louis) managed a sac-fly to right to give the Tigres an insurance run. Maza would be caught stealing to end the inning.

Unfortately the Leones would not say down. After Prieto walked, Castillo doubled off Fracisco Butto (F/A) to bring him in. Marcos Yupez (Washington) drew a walk which prompted the Tigres to bring in Victor Moreno (Baltimore) to try to preserve the game. A sac bunt by Lisson moved the pair to 2nd and 3rd and a fielding error by Rodriguez allowed Blanco onto base to load them up. A Cesar Quintero (Houston) single ground in Castillo to tie the game up again, and a Petit sac-fly allowed Yepez over the plate for the game winning run.

Butto picked up the loss, his first of the season, and was charged with 3 runs, 2 earned on 1 hit and 2 walks. Moreno was credited with the blown save, but his record reflects him allowing on 1 hit as all the runner that scored were inherited. Josmir Romero would be charged for 1 run (earned) on 4 hits while striking out 2 in 3 innings, while Sosa gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1.

The two teams rematch Sunday at 1:00 PM MST in Caracas.

The Tigres worked a trade with the Navegantes del Magallanes sended pitcher Victor Zambrano (Pittsburgh) to Magallenes in return for Hector Gimenez and Franciso Caraballo. Both of the players received by Los Tigres belong to Houston. Gimenez did not see action this year with the Astros due to Labrum sugery, but is now advanced enough in his rehab to be allowed to see limited action. Caraballo played in for the Corpus Christi Hooks, where he batted .256 with 13 home runs and 57 RBIs.


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