Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tigres slip by Cardenales, 7-6

Vs. Lara
Raul Chavez/photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Lara 6 at Aragua 7

W: V. Moreno (2-0, 2.30); L: R. Rowland-Smith (2-2, 4.30); SV: K. Tolar (1)
HR: LAR: C. Jimerson (2).

Los Tigres de Aragua started out its fourth "week feline" with a win over the los Cardenales de Lara at home.

Former Miracle righty Victor Moreno (Baltimore) picked up the win for the Cats, who improve to 10-11 in the 2007 Venezeulan Winter League season.

Lara got on the board first when Luis Ugueto (F/A) took a triple off Aragua starter Kyle Middleton (Houston) with one out. Robert Perez (F/A) doubled him in, then came home on Selwyn Langaigne's (F/A) grounder to right field. Middleton would hit Wiki Gonzalez (Chicago White Sox) with a pitch, but got Carlton Jimerson (Seattle) to strike out to retire the side.

Aragua took the runs back though off Ryan Rowland-Smith (Seattle) in the bottom of the inning. Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) drew a walk with 1 out, followed by a Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) single to center. A fielding error by Wladimir Balentien (Seattle) gave them extra bases. Mike Aviles (Kansas City) would strike out and Hector Gimenez (Houston) would walk to load the bases. A pick off attempt went awry when Rowland-Smith overthrew the base, allowing Rodriguez and Maza to score, tying up the game. Raul Chavez's (NY Yankees) single brought in Gimenez, who'd gone to second on the pickoff attempt. Willie Romero (F/A) would hit into a force out to end the inning.

Things kept hopping for the Cats in the 4th, when Jose Martinez (St Louis) got hit by a pitch to start off the inning. Cedeno ground into a force out, but then stole 2nd base. A fielding error by Carlos Mendoza (NY Yankees) allowed Rodriguez onto base and a single by Maza loaded the bags. Aviles singled to bring in Cedeno; Rodriguez didn't quite make it however, and was taken out at the plate. Giminez would single to again load the bags, and the Cardenales called for a pitching change bringing in Yovany D'Amico (Kansas City). Chavez's single scored Maza and Aviles before Gimenez would be taken out at 3rd on the throw.

Ugueto singled for Lara to start out the fifth. Perez would strike out, but Balentien doubled, moving Ugueto to 3d. Jose Mijares (Minnesota) would be brought in to replace Middleton. The lefty, who is being used as a specialist by the Tigres, threw to only one batter, hitting Selwyn Langaigne (F/A) with a pitch. Moreno would take over the mound, allowing a singled to Gonzalez that brought in Ugueto and Balentien. He'd get Jimerson to hit into a double play though to end the inning.

Romero would cross the plate for the Cats' 7th run of the game, scoring on a Rodriguez single. Los Tigres would get nothing further off D'Amico however, and a pair of Seattle prospects, Renee Cortez and Scott Patterson, would combine to keep the Cats' bats silent for the rest of the game.

The Cardenales made a bid to tie up the game in the top of the 8th. With Jose Guanchez (F/A) on the mound, Langaigne singled out to right. Bobby Korecky (Minnesota) would be brought into the game to replace Guanchez, and get Gonzalez to hit into a force out. He would then give up a home run to Jimerson, giving Lara 2 more, but a line out by Eduardo Rios (F/A) and a ground out by Mendoza stopped the red birds' rally.

Kevin Tolar (F/A) would pitch the 9th for the Tigres, giving up a single to Ugueto, but getting pinch hitter Edwar Gonzalez (NY Yankees) out on strikes and Perez and Balentien to hit into force outs to end the game.

Korecky would be charged for 1 run on 1 hit in 1 innings worth of work. Moreno, who allowed inherited runners to score, showed 1 hit and 3 strike outs over 2.2 innings worth of work.

The Tigres take on Zulia during a pair of road games Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM AST.


Former Miracle outfield Torii Hunter was awarded his 7th straight Rawlings Golden Glove by Major League Baseball Tuesday. Pitcher Johan Santana also earned the award for the Twins. He is only the second Twins pitcher to have ever won the ward. Jim Kaat won 11 Golden Gloves in 11 season, from 1962 to 1972.

Hunter is seeking to test the free agent market this winter, some rumors have circulated that the Chicago White Sox are showing an interest in the 32-year-old outfielder. Rumors are also swirling regarding Santana, although Twins General Manager Bill Smith as indicaeed he'd like to retain the services of the 28-year old lefty for the upcoming season.

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