Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sloppy Twins hand Pirates a win

GCL Twins

GCL Twins 1 at GCL Pirates 3

W: I. Herrera-Rusova (1-0, 3.86); L: M. Garcia (2-2, 3.25)
HR: None.

Sloppy play and sloppy weather saw the GCL Twins fall to the GCL Pirates 3-1 in Bradenton despite giving up only one hit in six innings to the Bucs.

AFter getting Adenson Chouno out on strikes in the bottom of the first inning, Martire Garcia would walk Ben Gonzalez. Jarek Cunningham would fall to strikes as well, at which point Gonzalez stole 2nd. A throwing error by Javier Brown at 2nd base allowed Gonzalez to score and Edward Garcia to reach, giving the Pirates a one run lead.

Garcia would work the next four innings, allowing a walk to Craig Perry in the bottom of the 4th and hitting Victor Sanchez in the bottom of the 5th.

Gabriel Alvarado was equally good for the Pirates. in the top of the sixth, with one out, Javier Brown singled, but would be caught stealing. Jon Goncalves singled and Aaron Hicks walked. Ivan Herrera-Rusova replaced Alvarado at that point and walked Anderson Hidalgo. A passed ball by Jesus Aguilera saw Goncalves score, tying up the game.

Chourino reached on fielding error by Garcia. Gonzalez would move him to 2nd with a sac bunt, and wild pitch by Garcia advanced him to 3rd. Cunningham then took a walk, putting men on the corners. Miguel Munoz would come in at that point and walked Edward Garcia to load the bags. Parry would go down on strikes, but Carlos Silva singled, driving in two. Silve then stole 2nd, but Sachez ground out to end the inning.

At the point the game was stopped due to rain, so the Twins never had a chance to catch up.

The Twins fall to two games back with five left to play. They will host the GCL Orioles for two of those game, Sunday at 11:00 at the Lee County Sportsplex.


DSL Indians 2 at the DSL Twins 4

W: O. Villaroel (4-4, 2.51); L: J. Campos (4-3, 3.32); SV: E. Alvarez (15)
HR: None.

Orlando Villaroel picked up the win, his 4th of the season, and Edison Alvarez recorded his 15th save as the DSL Twins topped the DSL Indians 4-2 at Baseball City Saturday, winning the Boca Chica North Division.

Manuel Soliman singled in the bottom of the 3rd, but Yorby Martinez hit into a ground out that nabbed him at 2nd. Jhonatan Arias doubled, and Martinez scored from first to give the Twins a one run lead.

Soliman again singled in the bottom of the fifth and would try to stretch it for a double, being taken out at second. Martinez and Arias hit back-to-back singles before Wilfy Gil ground into a force out, leaving runners at the corners. Danny Santana reached on a throwing error that allowed Martinez to score. Gil then stole 3rd and a trowing error by catcher Henry Moreno sent him scurrying home for the 3rd Twins run. Jean Carlos Mercedes took a walk and Jairo Perez singled allowing Santana to cross the plate for run number four.

In the top of the sixth, Argenis Martinez took a walk with one out on the board for the Tribe. Jesus Aguilar doubled . Darling Read singled to plate the two, making it 4-2 Twins, but Roman Vinicio ground out and Yileiviu Fernandez struck out to retire the side.

Despite a single and a stolen base in the top of the 7th, the Indians never really threatened after that, as the Twins went on to clinch the Division title.

Soliman was 3-for-4 at the plate but did not factor into the scoring. Perez was 2-for-4 and Arias was 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Martinez, 1-for-3 had a pair of runs, while Santana (1-for-4) and Gil (0-for-4) had a run each.

The DSL Giants won the Boca Chica South Division by 6.5 games. The DSL Rangers 1 won the San Pedro division by less than half a game, .667 to .662 over the DSL Angels.

The DSL Mariners took the Santo Domingo North Division by 6.5 games, and the DSL Nationals1 won the Santo Domingo West Division by a whopping 25 games.

The first game of the playoffs is scheduled for Monday with the Twins hosting either the Mariners or the Giants at Baseball City and the wild card Angels take on the Rangers at Towers Baseball Academy.

(The DSL article says they host the Mariners, but then it goes on to say that the Nationals and the Mariners wait for the Winner of these two series for the second semifinal series B.) The games start, as always at 10:30 AM and I believe are a best of 3 game format.

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