Thursday, January 3, 2008

Errors costly in Aragua loss

Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Aragua 3 at Lara 5

W: G. Carrara (1-0, 0.00); L: H. Bonilla (0-1, 7.20); SV: J. Rincon (1)
HR: ARA: A. Romero (1).

Los Tigers de Aragau did not fair so well in the opening game of the round robin playoffs, finding little offense against los Cardenales de Lara and getting a less then adequate outing from former Miracle pitcher Henry Bonilla (LA Angels).

Luis Ugueto (F/A) walked to start out the bottom of the first for the home town Cardenales. Marco Scutaro (Toronto) singled him to 2nd, and he moved to 3rd on a throwing error by Tigres 3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera (Detroit). Adam Jones (Seattle) singled to plate Ugueto, while Scutaro came home on a Robert Perez (F/A) ground out. Following a Selwyn Langaigne (F/A) fly out, Guilder Rodriguez (Milwaukee) singled in Jones.

A Scutaro double in the 3rd proved costly as singles by Perez and Rodriguez added two more runs to the board. A throwing error by Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) contributed to Perez crossing the plate giving the Cardinels a 5-0 advance.

Lara starter Giovanni Carrera (LA Dodgers) allowed only 2 hits and 1 walk to the Tigres over 6 innings. The Cats would not get onto the board until the top of the 7th inning.

With Ivan Blanco (Seattle) on the mound in relief of Carrera, back-to-back singles by Edgardo Alfonzo (Texas) and Hector Gimenez (Houston) put runners on board. Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) would reach on a fielder's choice that nabbed Alfonzo, but it mattered little as Alex Romero (Arizona) went yard over the right field fence to give the Cats 3.

The only other hit Aragua would manage after that came off Juan Rincon (Minnesota) in the 9th inning, sounding doom for the Tigers.

Bonilla allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 in 5 innings. Jose Mijares and Yohan Pino (both Minnesota) combined for 1 inning, striking out at total of 3.

Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) was 2-for-4 at the plate, Maza was 0-for-4 with a run and Romero was 1-for-3 with a run and 3 RBIs. Cabrera was 0-for-4, batting 3rd in the line up. Ugueto was 0-for-3 with Lara, with 1 run.

Los Tigres take on los Tiburones de La Guaira Thursday and Friday at 7:30 PM AST for the next two games in round robin playoffs.

Tigres de Aragua

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