Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sharks rip los Tigres

Stephen Randolph
Photo courtesy of los Tiburones de La Guaira

Aragua 2 at La Guaira 6

W: S. Randolph (1-1, 2.57); L: B. Bass (2-1, 2.31); SV: G. Casadiego (1)
HR: ARA: W. Romero (2).

Brian Bass (Minnesota) allowed 5 runs (earned) on 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4 over 3.2 innings to suffer his first loss of the Venezuelan Winter League season Friday. The Tigres were largely offensiveless, falling before los Tiburones attack and narrowly missing being shut out by La Guaira.

Jose Martinez (St Louis) opened with a triple in the 3rd inning for the Tigres, but Shark's starter Stephen Randolph (F/A) puched out Jesus Feliciano (NY Mets), Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) and Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) to end the inning. The Tigers also got two runners on base in the 4th, but former Miracle Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) hit into a double play and Wilfredo Romero (F/A) struck out looking to end the side.

Gregor Blanco (Atlanta) put the Sharks on the board in the first period when he was driven in by Luis Hernandez (Baltimore). Louis Oliveros (Seattle) drove in one run in the second inning, while the another came off a sac-fly by Jorge Velandia (F/A).

Oliveros would go 2-for-3 in the game with a double and finish up with 3 RBIs. Chris Carter (Boston) was also 2-for-3 for the Sharks while Blanco finished off 2-for-4.

Maza doubled his way onto base in the ninth before Romero slugged one over the wall off reliever Jose Romero (Milwaukee). Romero then put runners on first and second before Gerardo Casadiego (Colorado) was called in to deal the last two outs, getting his first save of the season.

Frank Mata (Minnesota) pitched 2.1 innings for the Tigres, allowing no hits or run, but striking out only 1 during his time on the mound.

Rodriguez was 0-for-3 with a walk, while Maza finished up 1-for-4 with a double and a run.

The Tigres face los Leones del Caracas on Saturday at 5:30 PM AST and Sunday at 1:00 PM AST for a home-and-home series to finish off third "week feline".


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