You can win or lose baseball by big hits or by particular situations. The latter happened to Leones del Caracas on Tuesday night at the Universitario stadium, which after hitting a player with the bases loaded, allowed Bravos de Margarita to get the win.
Even if it doesn’t make sense, that’s how it happened. Rubén Alaniz replaced Anthony Vizcaya in the ninth inning and came out alive from a serious threat on the island, however, he did not have the same luck in the bottom of the tenth. There, after allowing a double and giving two tickets, He hit Edgar Durán with a favorable count of one ball and two strikes.
Now, it serves as the final blow to a night to forget. And as usual in this Round Robin, Leones started the game on the scoreboard after which a small line is allowed in the same first stage. It is worth mentioning that in 12 games, in 10 times the opponent scored the first run.
Another big key highlight is the Braves’ pitching. Opener Dylan Unsworth was almost unstoppable, until the hairy slugger completely dominates. In five innings of work, he allowed three hits and three unearned runs as a result of José Rondón’s home run, which came after an error by Luis Sardiñas that left the fourth inning alive.
When the work was done in South Africa, the relay worked perfectly. Melvi Acosta, Dedgar Jiménez, Osman Gutiérrez and Carlos Navas They combined to allow just two hits from the Capitals offense. In total they retired 12 batters in a row before Harold Ramírez singled in the top of the tenth.
Regarding the offensive, Ali Castillo He carried the team on his shoulders by going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple. Precisely, Marabino opened the scoring in the first chapter and managed to step on home plate with a run to leave the field. And it was moments like these that the insular organization of the Round Robin called him.
A special mention goes to Puerto Rico’s Jack Lopez. In his debut night with the Braves, he drove in the tying run in the seventh after dropping a fly ball behind the first baseman. Later, he came close to dressing up as a hero by hitting a complicated ground ball that would have meant the game-winning run in the ninth, if not for the good handling of the defense by Harold Castro.