Big Day For Milledge, Cortes, And Tabata; Loss For Ascanio

Gigantes de Carolina   7,  Criollos de Caguas  1 —  
Los Criollos were held to just 4 hits, while Los Gigantes were huge with 14 hits and a pair of 3-run innings.  3B Ramon Vazquez went 0-for-3 for Los Criollos, and SS Luis Figueroa tripled in the bottom of the 9th, and scored the team’s only run on a sacrifice fly.  

Leones de Ponce  4,  Indios de Mayaguez  2  —  RJ Rodriguez earned his 12th save for Ponce with a perfect 9th inning.  It was his third save in the past four days, and he has earned the save in his last 6 appearances.  

Yaquis de Obregon 2,  Venados de Mazatlan  1  —  
A solo home run by the first batter in the bottom of the 9th broke the 1-1 tie to give Obregon the win.  Los Venados scored their run in the 5th on three singles into center field, then a fielding error at short.  Los Yaquis tied the game with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 7th.  Rogelios Noris entered the game in the bottom of the 8th as a defensive replacement in right field.  Yaquis’ CF Jeff Salazar singled in the 3rd inning, but was left on base.  

Melbourne Aces  20,  Canberra Cavalry  3  (Game 1)–  The Aces went crazy, scoring in all but one inning in the first game of a Monday morning double-header.  The biggest inning was the 2nd, when they scored 8 runs, including 2 homers.  They also scored 3  in the 4th, and 4 in both the 5th and 6th.  Every member of the Cavalry but one who came to the plate had a hit, and the pinch-hitter who didn’t hit worked a walk.  The Cavalry scored their runs on just one hit.  In the top of the 1st, they scored one run on two walks and two hit batters.  Their one hit came in the top of the 3rd, and combined with three walks and a fielding error, two runs scored.  

Cavalry  3,  Aces  2  (Game 2) —  After each team was held to just one hit over the first 4.5 innings, the Aces began the 5th inning by scoring 2 runs on a solo homer, two errors and a single.  Rinku Singh came on in relief and got a pop out, a strikeout, and a ground out, leaving 2 runners on base.  A pair of doubles gave Canberra one run in the top of the 6th, and they took the lead with 2 runs on a single, a walk, and a 2-RBI double in the top of the 7th.  

The Australians take a break next weekend because of the holiday.  Their next set of games will begin on Wednesday Dec 29th.




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