Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua
Aragua 4 at Lara 3
W: J. Santiago (4-1, 2.70); L: G. Carrara (1-2, 5.75); SV: F. Butto (5)
HR: ARA: A. Romero (2).
Los Tigres de Aragua took a 4-3 win Wednesday in game one of the best-of-seven Venezuelan Winter League final series at Antonio Herrera Gutierrez of Barquisimeto Stadium. Jose Santiago (NY Mets) took the start, limiting los Cardenales de Lara to 1 run on 4 hits over 5.2 innings while striking out 3.
The Cats took a 2 run lead in the second inning when Martin Prado (Atlanta) and Alex Romero (Arizona) hit back-to-back fly ball singles with one out. Following a fly out to Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs), Raul Chavez (Pittsburgh) doubled in the pair with a line drive out to left field.
Lara got on the board in the bottom of the 4th, when Robert Perez (F/A) singled his way onto base, then moved to 2nd on a wild pitch. A ground out by Selwyn Langaigne (F/A) saw him to 3rd, while a fly ball single to center off the stick of Jose Lopez (Seattle) served to plate him.
Aragua added two more runs in the top of the 6th when Prado singled, then came home when Romero, a former Fort Myers Miracle, went yard over the right field fence.
The Red Birds would add a second run in the bottom of the seventh when Lopez doubled off Victor Moreno (Baltimore), moved to 3rd on a Tomas Perez (Houston) fly ball single, then came home when Wiki Gonzalez (Chicago White Sox) ground into a double play.
They would stage a late rally in the 9th with Lopez again doubling with one out. Following a strike out by Perez, he then scored on a Gonzalez single. Despite a double by Guillermo Rodriguez (San Francisco) and a walk to Luis Ugueto (F/A) that loaded the bases, Marco Scutaro (Toronto) ground into a force out that ended the game with the Cats on top.
The two teams rematch tonight, at 7:30 PM AST.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was 2-for-4 for the Cats with a walk, but did not figure into the scoring, Romero was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's. Luis Rodriguez (San Diego), who played last season in AAA Rochester, was 0-for-4 with a walk. Ugueto, who split time between Fort Myers and Rochester in 2007, was 1-for-4 with a walk for the Cardenales.
Juan Rincon (Minnesota) pitched .2 innings in the ninth for Lara, striking out 2.
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