Friday, November 16, 2007

Tigres take another win from los Bravos

vs los Bravos
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Aragua 3 at Margarita 2

W: C. Bailey (2-4, 3.82); L: M. Connolly (2-4, 3.64); SV: F. Butto (6)
HR: MAR: J. Thurston (1).

Los Tigres de Aragua kept rolling against the Bravos de Margarita, finishing up the 3 games series with 2 wins. The Cats took a 4th inning lead and managed hang on for the remainder of the game.

Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) and Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) would both draw walks off Michael Connolly (Kansas City) to start off the top of the 4th. Mike Aviles (Kansas City) hit a sac-bunt to move the pair. Connolly would then intentionall walk Ruben Salazar (F/A) to load the bases. A wild pitch would bring Cedeno home, and a ground out by Martin Pardo (Atlanta) would bring in Maza. Hector Gimenez (Houston) singled to bring in Salazar for a 3-0 lead.

Margarita took a run back in the bottom of the inning, with Rene Reyes (F/A) singling, and moving to 2nd on a wild pitch by Tigers starter Cory Bailey (Chicago Cubs). A Frank Diaz (Washington) single would plate Reyes, while Diaz was taken out at 2nd trying to stretch the hit into a double. Margarita would threaten with walks to Miguel Monero (Arizona) and Julio Cordido (San Francisco) and a single by Alberto Gonzalez (NY Yankees) to load up the bases, but J.C. Boscan (Cincinnati) would fly out to end the inning.

Bailey would last for 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. He'd be replaced by Frank Mata (Minnesota) who pitched through the sixth, but ran into trouble in the 7th when Justin Thurston (F/A) homered out to left. Mata would have given up 2 hits in 1.2 innings on the mound.

The Tigres then turned to Bobby Korecky (Minnesota), who worked 1.1 inning, allowing only 1 hit.

Jose Mijares (Minnesota) would be brought in for the 9th getting Dennys Abreau (F/A) to ground out before giving way to Frank Butto (F/A), who ended the contest.

Ricky Barrett (Minnesota) pitched the 9th inning for the Braves, striking out 1.

Former Miracle Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) was 0-for-2, while Maza finished up 1-for-3 with 1 walk and 1 run. Alex Romero (Arizona) entered the game late as a pinch hitter, and then stayed in to play left field. He was 0-for-2 at the plate.

Los Tigres will now play 4 games over the next three days, all against the Caribes de Anzoategui, which leads the Venezuelan League standings. Aragua is in 3rd place, 6 games back from Caribes.


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