Australians’ New League; Cedeno and Milledge Do Some Hitting

The Dominican League postponed all games, due to Hurricane Tomas.� One of the Puerto Rican League games (Carolina vs. Caguas) was also postponed.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Leones del Caracas� 9,� Tigres de Aragua� 2� — A meeting of the big cats… Los Tigres were held to just 5 hits, with SS Ronny Cedeno and LF Lastings Milledge collecting one hit each.� Milledge was responsible for both of Aragua’s runs.� In the 2nd inning, two singles were followed by Cedeno getting hit by a pitch.� Milledge doubled, driving in two runs.� Cedeno also tried to score,but he was thrown out at the plate.� Los Tigres threatened in the 6th inning, loading the bases on a single by Cedeno, another single, and a walk.� But pinch-hitter Raul Chavez popped out to end the inning.� CF Jorge Cortes walked in the 5th inning but was out in a double play.� Los Leones had two big innings — a 4-run 5th and a 3-run 9th.

Aguilas de Zulia� 1,� Caribes de Anzoategui� 0� — A pitching duel, with Los Caribes recording just 3 hits, and Los Aguilas getting only 5.� The only run came in the bottom of the 3rd, on a single, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single.� Los Caribes tried to rally in the bottom of the 9th, with a 2-out single.� Adenson Chourio came on to pinch-run, but he was left on base when the next batter struck out.

Los Navegantes del Magallanes� 4,� Tiburones de La Guaira� 3� — A fielding error and a sacrifice fly gave Magallanes one run in the 2nd inning, and two singles and an RBI ground out added another run in the 4th.� Los Navegantes kept that 2-0 lead until the bottom of the 8th, when two Tiburones walked with one out.� Jean Machi came on in relief for Los Navegantes.� He got the second out of the inning on a pop out, then the lead runner stole third base.� The next batter struck out, but strike three was a wild pitch by Machi, allowing the runner from third to score.� Los Tiburones rallied again in the bottom of the 9th.� Machi gave up a single, a sac bunt, and another single, putting runners on first and second on the throw.� A sacrifice fly brought in the tying run, sending the game into extra innings.� Magallanes loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, but couldn’t get any of the runners across the plate.� In the top of the 11th, a walk, a throwing error, and two singles gave Los Navegantes 2 runs.� Los Tiburones tried to answer back in the bottom of the frame with one run on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly, but they came up one short.

(AM update)

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Sydney Blue Sox� 1,� Canberra Cavalry� 0 — None of the Pirates’ players got into this inagural game, which turned out to be a pitching duel.� Sydney’s starter Chris Oxspring pitched 6 scoreless innings, scattering 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 8 Cavalry batters.� Four relievers combined to retire the remaining 9 batters for the shutout.� Meanwhile, four Cavalry pitchers pitched two innings each and held the Blue Sox to just 4 hits, though they gave up a total of 5 runs as well.� The Blue Sox had a runner on base in all but two innings, including loading the bases in the 6th.� But they only scored in the bottom of the 8th.� With two outs, a single, a stolen base, and another single drove in the only run of the game.

The next Australian games will be on Thursday, and next weekend will have a full schedule, including a pair of scheduled double headers.

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