In Maracay, the Cardenales de Lara came from behind and scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game, and in the ninth inning Manuel Meléndez took advantage of an error by third baseman Luis Avilés after a sacrifice bunt by Yordanis Linares, to get off the hook from second base with the difference run in the Cardinals’ 6-5 victory over the La Guaira Sharks in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
Ildemaro Vargas was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Juniel Querecuto and José Tabata added RBI singles for the Cardinals.
Shane Greene (1-1) retired a blank episode in relief work to win the game, and Luis Guzmán (1-1) lost it by admitting the run of the difference in his relief of just a third.
In Porlamar, a brilliant start by Ramón García led the Aragua Tigres to a 4-2 victory over Margarita’s Braves.
Garcia (1-1) covered five blank innings with just one hit and five strikeouts for the win. Misael Silverio (1-1) lost after conceding four touchdowns and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Edwin Garcia was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Josmar Cordero went 4-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored, and Wilfredo Giménez added another solo homer to provide everything needed in the Tigers’ attack.
In Maracaibo, Nellie Rodríguez was 3-2 with two RBIs and Leonardo Regginatto had three hits with an RBI in the Navegantes del Magallanes 4-2 win over the Águilas del Zulia.
Erick Leal (1-1), completed five innings with one run and four hits to claim the win, while the reverse went to the record of César Jiménez (0-2), who allowed three touchdowns and seven hits in five innings.
In Caracas, Ronny Cedeño was 4-2 with a double and three RBIs, Alfredo González went 4-2 with a double and two RBIs and Yosmany Guerra had three hits with one RBI and two scored in the Lions victory. 9-3 over Caribes de Anzoátegui.
Yoimer Camacho won (2-0) after allowing two runs and three hits in his three-round relief, and Mauricio Llovera (2-1) lost, who allowed two touchdowns in two innings.
Cardinals lead the circuit with a 9-4 record, followed by Braves (8-5), Lions (8-5), Navigators (7-5), Sharks (6-7), Caribs (5-7), Tigers (4 -9) and Águilas (4-10).
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