Monday, January 14, 2008

Tigres rout Sharks, 11-4

vs. Tiburones
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Aragua 11 at La Guaira 4

W: O. Sosa (1-0, 0.00); L: E. Gonzalez (0-2, 11.25)
HR: ARA: R. Cedeno (1), H. Gimenez (1).

Minnesota's Oswaldo Sosa picked up the win as the Tigre's bats were hot on Friday, knocking out 11 runs on 14 hits against los Tiburones de La Guaira.

Alberto Callaspo (Kansas City) and Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) lead off with a pair of singles in the first. Following an Edgardo Alfanzo (Texas) ground out, Hector Gimenez (Tampa Bay) put one of the right field wall to give the Cats an early lead.

The Sharks answered back though when Danny Sandoval (Cleveland) and Alex Cabrera (F/A) and Ruben Mateo (Milwaukee) hit back-to-back doubles to bring in 2.

Following a scoreless 2nd inning, Callaspo lead off the third with a double, moved to 3rd on a throwing error by Alvin Colina (Cincinnati), and came home on an Alfonzo sac fly.

Doubles by Sandoval and Carbrera followed for La Gauira in the bottom of the inning, and also spelled the end of Horacio Estrada's (F/A) time on the mound as Sosa was brought in. A wild pitch by Sosa and a single by Oscar Salazar (Baltimore) tied up the game.

The Tigres were quick to untie it though, with Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) taking a walk in the top of the forth and Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) homering him in.

Singles by L-Rod and Alfonzo combined with a fielding error lead to a run in top of the fifth when Gimenez singled out to 5th. Callaspo lead off the 7th with triple and came home on a sac-fly by Jose Martinez (St Louis).

A singled by Alex Romero (Arizona), a double by Willie Romero (F/A) and a single to Maza opened up the 8th with another run. Cedeno would then be hit by a pitch. Alex Delgado (F/A) knocked a sac fly out to right to bring in Willie, and Maza scored on a fielding error by Sandoval.

The Tigres were playing without Miguel Cabrera, who went to Detroit for a physical. He is expected to return to the team on Sunday.

Minnesota's Jose Mijares worked .1 inning for the Tigres, striking out 1, while Bobby Korecky piteched 2 inning, allowing 2 walks and striking out 2.

Los Tigers return home to host Caribes on Saturday and Margarita on Sunday.

Tigres de Aragua

Juan Rincon picked up the save in the first game of a 7-inning double header between los Cardenales and los Bravos. He worked 1 innings, striking out 1.

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