Monday, January 7, 2008

Giminez Double leads to Tigers victory

Miguel Cabrera
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Lara 2 at Aragua 3

W: V. Moreno (1-0, 0.00); L: M. Carvajal (0-1, 7.71); SV: F. Butto (1)
HR: LAR: R. Perez (1).

Los Tigres de Aragua managed to get themselves back into the playoff race on Sunday, defeating the previously unbeaten Cardenales de Lara 3-2.

Horacio Estrada (F/A) took the starter for Aragua working 5 innings and holding Lara to 4 hits while striking out 4. Despite that, Lara did pick up a run in the 4th, when Adam Jones (Seattle) singled with one out, then moved to second on a Robert Perez (F/A) double. Jose Lopez (Seattle) would bring Perez in on a sac fly.

The Tigres would not answer back until the bottom of the 6th. Alberto Callaspo (Kansas City) drew a walk off Lara's Ivan Blanco (Seattle) to start off. Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) moved him around on a sac bunt. Following a fly out to left by Edgardo Alfonzo (Texas), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) doubled Callaspo in, to tie up the game.

A single by Alfonza and a walk by Cabrera would turn into 2 more Tigres runs in the bottom of the 8th when Hector Gimenez (Houston) doubled in the pair to give Aragua a 3-1 lead.

Robert Perez (F/A) would homer off Frank Butto (F/A) in the 9th with 2 outs, but Butto got Lopez out on strikes to end the game and preserve the win.

Cabrera would finish up 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and one RBI. L-Rod was 0-for-3, as was Fort Myers alumni Luis Maza (LA Dodgers).

Bobby Korecky (Minnesota) worked 1.2 innings, striking out 1, Jose Mijares (Minnesota) picked up the other .1 of the inning. Victor Moreno (Baltimore) earned the win, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.

The two teams rematch Monday night in Lara at 7:30 PM AST. Aragua then faces La Guaira on Tuesday.

Tigres de Aragua

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