Friday, November 9, 2007

Tigres fall to Navegantes, 3-2

Marcos Vechionacci

Magallanes 3 at Aragua 2

W: J. Pulido (2-0, 1.10); L: C. Bailey (1-4, 4.18); SV: I. Maldonado (4)
HR: MAG: L. Scott (3).

Los Tigres de Aragua could not hold an early lead against los Navegantes del Magailanes, falling 3-2 on Friday in Venezuelan Winter League play.

Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) singled in the first, moved to 2nd on a Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) ground out, then came home on a Hector Gimenez (Houston) single to put the Cats on the board.

Aragua starter Cory Bailey (Chicago Cubs) surrendered back-to-back singles to Richard Paz (F/A) and Marcos Vechionacci (NY Yankees), which hurt when Luke Scott (Houston) doubled the pair in, to make it 2-1 Navegantes.

Scott homered in the 8th off former Miracle Jose Mijares (Minnesota) for the insurance point, which Magailanes would need.

Alex Romero (Arizona) would make to 3rd base with 1 out in the 8th, but was left stranded when Maza and Gimenez were called out one strikes.

Mike Aviles (Kansas City) singled to start off the ninth, then moved to second when Ivan Maldanado (F/A) unleashed a wild pitch. Raul Chavez (NY Yankees) would fly out, but Jesus Feliciano (NY Mets) doubled Aviles in. Unfortuantely, the two Romeros - Willie, a Free Agent, and Alex - flew out and poped out stranding Feliciano and ending the game with the Cats at a deficit.

Aragua trails Caribes by 5 games in the standings, they will host the Caribes on Saturday at 5:30 PM AST, before attempting to get revenge on Magallanes on Sunday for a 5:30 PM game to finish up the Week Feline.


I was sort of chuckling at the Mirale baseball site today, the poll of which reads "Now that Baseball's done until do kill time in the off-season?" Given that I'm writing 2 to 3 game reports a day, I guess I wasn't sure that baseball had ended, and the last I checked, I'm good until at least the end of the December, although we do slow down after the Arizona Fall League and IBaF World Cup finish up this month.

Granted, following the few prospects we've got in the Venezuelan Winter League seems a bit of stretch at times, it is sort of nice to see how some of our old Miracle players are fairing. And it sort of beats jumping every trade rumor - most of which are shot down before they even get started - that the other Twins bloggers are spending time on.

As Dirty says "Well, it keeps you busy." Not that De San needs to worry about what I'm keeping myself busy with. Speaking of which Allen, why aren't you busy in Chinese Taipei? I thought you were the very best catcher in the whole wide world?

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