Strong Innings by Ledezma and Machi

This league does not use the round robin format for their playoffs.  Los Venados de Mazatlan were quickly eliminated from the tournament, swept in 4 games in their series with Los Tomateros de Culiacan.  Last night, Los Yaquis de Obregon eliminated Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo, taking that series 4 games to 2.  Tonight, Los Caneros de Los Mochis eliminated Los Algodoneros de Guasave, taking that series also 4-2.

Caneros de Los Mochis  6,  Algodoneros de Guasave  4  —  
Los Caneros posted 5 runs in the top of the 6th, with a 3-run homer, an RBI double, and some help on an error by Guasave’s 1B Yurendell de Caster.  Guasave rallied with their own 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th, but could not rally again in the 9th.  De Caster went 0-for-4 at the plate.  

Toros del Este  8,  Estrellas de Oriente  0  —  
A pitching duel for 8 innings….  Los Toros had scattered 4 hits over their first 8 innings, when they exploded for 8 runs in the top of the 9th.  A pair of doubles, three singles, three errors, and two intentional walks factored into the scoring.  Los Estrellas managed only 3 hits, and even with 5 walks, they could not get anything going on the base paths.  DH Ronny Paulino went 0-for-4 for Los Estrellas.  

Gigantes del Cibao  5,  Leones del Escogido  4  —  CF Rich Thompson led off the bottom of the 1st with a double, advanced to third base on a bunt, then scored on an RBI single.  A walk and two more singles gave Los Gigantes a 3-run lead.  Back-to-back fielding errors helped Los Leones score 2 runs in the 4th inning.  Los Gigantes added some insurance in the 6th.  They loaded the bases on a single, a walk, and a fielder’s choice.  A 2-RBI single gave Los Gigantes a 5-2 lead.  Two singles and a double in the top of the 7th gave Los Leones 2 more runs, but it was not enough to catch up.

Los Toros del Este have a firm hold on first place in the Dominicans’ round robin tournament, with a 7-4 record.  Los Estrellas de Oriente, Los Leones del Escogido, and Los Gigantes del Cibao are all tied with  5-6 records.  

Adelaide Bite  10,  Melbourne Aces  7  —  
The Bite jumped out to a strong start with 6 runs in the top of the 1st.  That included back-to-back homers, a 3-run blast and a solo shot.  They added single runs in the 4th on a homer, and the 8th, with the help of two errors.  Another homer plated 2 more runs in the 6th.   The Aces chipped away at the lead, scoring in all but one of the first 7 innings, but in only one of those innings did they score more than one run — 2 runs in the 5th.  The two teams combined for 29 hits;  the Bite left 10 runners on base, and the Aces left 13 runners on.  Quincy Latimore did not play in this game either.  The Bite still have him listed on their roster, though he could have a minor injury.

Brisbane Bandits 8,  Canberra Cavalry  4  —  Brisbane was leading 4-2 going into the bottom of the 9th, but a single, a walk, and a sacrifice bunt set up the Cavalry in the bottom of the 9th, so that an RBI ground out and an RBI single tied things up and sent the game into extras.  The Bandits didn’t waste any time in the top of the 10th.  They loaded the bases with a single and two walks.  Another single drove in the go-ahead run, and a bases-clearing double added 3 more insurance runs.  The Cavalry went down in order in the bottom of the 10th.  Rinku Singh took the mound for the Cavalry to start the top of the 6th.  He walked all three batters  he faced, then was relieved.  The next batter tapped one back to the mound, but the new reliever missed the pick-up, and the runner from third scored on the error, charged to Singh.  

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