Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua
La Guaira 3 at Aragua 4
W: V. Moreno (4-1, 3.28); L: G. Casadiego (2-2, 1.59); SV: F. Butto (14)
HR: LAG: A. Freire (2).
Los Tigres de Aragua extended their winning streak on Tuesday against los Tiburones de La Guaira, moving into 2nd place in the League standings, 4 games back with 7 left to play.
Minnesota's Yohan Pino worked 2.1 innings in the starting roll, allowing only 1 walk to La Guaira and striking out 4. Oswaldo Sosa (Minnesota) followed up with 2.2 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk.
Los Tiburones would finally get to Aragau in the sixth inning when Danny Sandoval (Philadelphia) ripped a triple out to right field off reliever Frank Mata (Minnesota), then scored on Luis Hernandez (Baltimore) sac-fly.
In the Seventh, Ron Acuna (F/A) took a walk off Victor Moreno (Baltimore) and was plated when Aljandro Freire (F/A) went yard.
Los Tigres finally answered back in the bottom of the inning. Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) tripled out to right. Following a Martin Prado (Atlanta) strike out and a Alex Delgado (F/A) fly out, Luis Figueroa (San Francisco) plated Maza with an infield hit. After a pitching change for the Sharks with saw starter Willie Collazo (NY Mets) exit the game and Gerardo Casadiego (Colorado) enter, Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) doubled. Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) making his first Venezuelan Winter League appearance walked to fill the bases. Hector Gimenez (Houston) entered the game as pinch hitter and took a ball deep into center for a double, clearing the bases to make it 4-3 Tigres.
Cabrera finished up 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. Maza was 3-for-4 with 1 run, falling just a home run shy of the cycle.
Morena took the win improving his record to 4-1. The former Miracle worked 1.1 innings and allowed 2 run (earned) on 1 hit and 2 walks.
Agarua faces los Cardenales de Lara on Wednesday and then plays three against La Guaira starting on Thursday.
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Tigres de Aragua
Tigres general Manager Dr. Rafael Rodríguez Rendón moved heaven and earth to get permission from Detroit to allow Cabrera to play according to an article at tigresdearagua.net.
"I am happy to play here in my country with the Tigers," Cabrera said in the article. "We fight for a place in the playoffs and need to win more games. We look forward to achieving a new championship for all our fans."
"Earlier when belonged to the Florida Marlins, the Venezuelan star has shown an improvement in his performance with his participation in the local tournament," the article goes on to say. "Given that affects your body and skills with a view to spring training and therefore has always reflected a big first month season in the major."