Sunday, January 20, 2008

Aragua down Caribes, 8-2

Corey Baily
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Aragua 8 at Caribes 2

W: C. Bailey (2-0, 3.52); L: E. Aponte (0-1, 7.94)
HR: ARA: R. Castro (1), J. Martinez (1). ORI: N. Romero (1).

Cory Bailey (Chicago Cubs) limited Caribes de Anzoategui to 5 hits and 1 walk over 5 innings on Saturday, striking out 7, while the Tigres' offense remained in action, picking up 8 runs on 8 hits.

Hector Gimenez (Tampa Bay) doubled to lead off in the 2nd inning. Following a Willie Romero (F/A) ground out, Alex Nunez's (F/A) ground ball brought him in for the first Tigre run. A double by Ramon Castro (F/A) and a sac fly by Jose Martinez (St. Louis) brought in Nunez to give Aragua an early 2-0 lead.

The Tigres pounced again in the 2nd when Gimenez walked. 2 outs later, Castro went yard over the right field wall to make it 4-0, Cats.

with 2 outs in the 8th, Nunez singled and Castro walked, before Martinez blasted a ball over the left field wall for three more runs.

The Caribes only 2 runs came in the bottom of the inning when Luis Landaeta (F/A) doubled, and Niuman Romero homered off Aragua's Ivan Maldanado (NY Mets).

Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) walked, then took advantage of some sloppy fielding by Caribe's Jonel Pachaeco (Pittsburgh) in center to make his way home for the final Aragua insurance run.

Oswaldo Sosa (Minnesota) pitched .2 innings of relief, allowing 1 hit. Former Miracle Victor Moreno (Baltimore) worked the final inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2.

Maza was 0-for-4 in the contest with a walk and a run, and Alex Romero (Arizona) was 0-for-5. Most of the Tigres big guns were given the game off, after security a spot on the finals Friday.

Tigres de Aragua

Juan Rincon pitched 3.1 innings for the Cardenales Saturday, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk and striking out 2. Lara defeated La Guaira 5-4. Former Miracle Luis Ugueto (F/A) was 1-for-6 with a walk in contest.

The win puts the Cardenales into the finals with the Tigres. The round robin tournament finish up Monday, with Aragua taking on Margarita.

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