Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tigres hang on for first playoff win

Frank Butto
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

La Guaria 3 at Aragua 4

W: F. Butto (1-0, 0.00); L: S. Randolph (0-1, 10.80)
HR: LAG: A. Colina (1).

Los Tigres de Aragua took a 3rd inning lead and managed to hang on to win, 4-3 over los Tiburones de La Guaira Friday night at José Pérez Colmenares Stadium.

With one out, Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) and Alberto Callaspo (Kansas City) hit back-to-back singles to get the Tigres started. Following a Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) fly out, Edgardo Alfonzo (Texas) singled to bring in Rodriguez. Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) drew a walk before Ruben Salazar (F/A) doubled to clear off the bases, giving the Cats a 4-0 lead.

La Guaria started chipping away at the Tigres lead in the 5th. With 2 outs, Jorge Velandia (Pittsburgh) singled and Alvin Colina (Cincinnati) was hit by a Cory Bailey (Chicago Cubs) pitch. Luis Hernandez (Baltimore) singled to bring in Velandia before Jose Mijares (Minnesota) was called to the mound to get the final out.

Colina homered off Jason Karnuth (Detroit) in the 8th inning. Hernandez and Gregor Blanco (Atlanta) both drew walks and a sac bunt by Danny Sandoval (Philadelphia) moved the pair. A wild pitch by Frank Butto (F/A) brought in Hernandez, but a ground out to Oscar Salazar (Baltimore) and strike out to Ruben Mateo (Milwaukee) ended the inning without further damage.

Butto picked up the win, pitching 2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 3.

Cabrera finished up the game 0-for-3 with a walk and a run, Maza was 0-for-4, Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a run and former Miracle Alex Romero, who entered the game late as a pinch hitter, drew a walk in his only at bat.

Los Tigres take on los Cardenales de Lara on Sunday & Monday before facing the Sharks again on Tuesday.

Tigres de Aragua

Minnesota's Juan Rincon picked up the save Saturday as the Lara defeated Caribes, 3-2. Rincon allowed a walk and struck out 1 in one innings worth of work. Former Miracle Luis Ugueto (F/A) was 2-for-4 with a walk for Lara in the same game. Rincon pitched .2 innings as well in Friday's 5-2 match between the same teams. He struck out one in Lara's victory. Ugueto was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run and one RBI in the contest.

The Twins signed a pair of free agent right handed pitchers, Landon Jacobsen and Heath Totten to minor league contracts. Jacobsen went 6-5 with AA Reading (Philadelphia) of the Eastern League last season, recording a 4.61 ERA in 93.2 innings pitched. Following a promotion to Ottawa of the AAA International League, he went 2-7 with a 4.80 ERA in 69.1 innings. Totten went 2-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 56.0 innings in AA Reading. He as 1-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 33.0 innings with Ottawa of the International League.

In a related move, former Miracle Eli Tintor as reinstated to club's active list.

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