Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tigres overcome by Margarita

Horacio Estrada
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Aragua 2 at Bravos 5

W: L. Ramirez (1-0, 0.00); L: H. Estrada (0-1, 4.97)
HR: MAR: R. Hernandez (1).

The home game series ended Wednesday for los Tigres de Aragua and the win streak ended as well, when the Cats failed to rally past los Bravos de Margaria at the isle.

Horacio Estrada (F/A) took the start for Aragua, giving up a pair of runs in the first two innings to Margarita. Ramon Hernandez (Baltimore) went yard in the first inning for the Bravos.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Raul Escalona (Florida) doubled. He'd be plated by Jean Boscan's (Cincinnati) hit to center field.

Estrada would work 5.1 inning allowing the 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 4. He'd give way to Oswaldo Sosa (Minnesota) for two innings to allowed only 2 hits and struck out 1.

Jose Guanchez (F/A) took over the mound in the 8th. With one out Francisco Leandro (F/A) singled, followed by a walk to Rene Reyes (F/A). Jesus Delgado (Florida) was brought into the game to pitch at that point and walked Julio Cordido (San Francisco) to fill the bases. Following a strike out by Escalona, William Bergotta (San Francisco) triple to bring in the three runners.

The Cats narrowly missed being shut out when Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) singled and was brought home by a Raul Chavez (Pittsburgh) double. Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) then plated for Chavez for the final run of the game.

Aragua falls to second place overall in the round robin tournament, one game behind los Cardenales de Lara. I believe the tournament ends on Monday, January 21.

The two teams rematch Thursday for a 7:30 PM EST game.

Tigres de Aragua

Former Miracle Jose Mijares was in a traffic accident in the early hours of Sunday and under went surgery Monday night to repair a fracture in his left elbow. The operation was deemed a success, but it will be 2 to 3 months before he will be able to start throwing again. Tigres

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