Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tigres sniff Venezuelan Championship

Finals vs Lara
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Lara 1 at Aragua 3

W: J. Santiago (5-1, 2.45); L: G. Carrara (1-3, 5.33); SV: F. Butto (6)
HR: None.

Los Tigres de Aragua moved to within 1 game of winning the Venezuelan League Championship Monday, defeating Lara, 3-1. The series now reverts to Antonio Herrera GutiƩrrez de Barquisimeto Stadium in Lara for Tuesday's 7:30 PM AST match.

Both starters worked four scoreless innings. The Tigres would get on the board first in the bottom of the fifth when Alex Romero (Arizona) singled and Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) drew a walk. With two outs, Alberto Callaspo (Kansas City) hit a deep line drive to right to score the pair. A fielding error by Lara's Robert Perez (F/A) allowed Callaspo onto 2nd base. He'd try to come home on a Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) line drive, but would be tagged out at the plate.

Los Cardenales opened the top of the 7th with Jose Lopez (Seattle) doubling to left field. With one out, pinch hitter Guillero Rodriguez (San Francisco) moved Lopez to 3rd with a line drive to right. After a walk to Tomas Perez (Houston), a pitching change to bring in Victor Moreno (Baltimore), and a coaching visit to the mound, a wild pitch would allow Lopez to score for the only Red Bird run.

The Cats answered back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Cedeno singled his way onto base, and moved to second on Raul Chavez's (Pittsburgh) ground out. Callaspo singled out to left to bring in Cedeno, making it 3-1.

Moreno and Frank Butto (F/A) would hold the Cardenales for the remainder of the game to give the victory to the home town team.

Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) in the designated hitter roll was 2-for-3 with a walk but did not figure into the scoring. Romero was 1-for-3 with a run, Rodriguez was also 1-for-3.

Tigers de Aragua

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