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02/05/2005 Archived Entry: "Caribbeab Series Coverage : Venezuela Tied Mexico on the Top"

By Carlos Fragoso

Alex " The Horse " Cabrera, a Venzuelan slugger who has smashed more than 50 HR's per season over the last 4 years in Japan, blasted maybe his most important one last night off Mexican reliever David Cortes, a3 runs monster shot way overall fences of the Teodoro Marical Stadium ,and gave Aragua Tigers a win over Mazatlan Deer 5-4.
Cabrera outdueled Cortes and his 95 MPH pitch and with one swing he completed the threats that Venezuela has given to starting pitcher, Rigoberto Loya who found the way to escape from it.
He finished the game with 4-3 ,2 runs scored and 4 RBI´s.Fellow second baseman Luis Rodriguez collected 3 hits as well.

It was such an intense game, in which Mazatlan has been taken the lead 3-2 ,after Trenidad Hubbard´s blast over the center field, and seemed that Mazatlan was on their way to win and therefore to at least have a shot to tie for the series title, but Cabrera thougtht differently.
Ricardo Palma, the lefty hurler pitched and won for Venezulea, after 6 innings worke, allowing 3 runs ,7 K´s and 3 hits, two of them HR´s by Derrick White and Hubbard.
Tim McClaskey and closer Elio Serrano pitched for Venezuela and Serrano saved the game,.

Walter Silva in relief to Loya, the loser with only 0.2 innings with 2 hits and 3 runs.

Earlier in this journey, Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico for their 3rd lost of this tournament 8-2.
It was Puerto Rico´s 8th lost in a row in the last CS a concerning losing streak for them.

Yesterday DR played as well as they are capable for, and gave starting and winning pitcher veteran Doug Linton all the support he needed, in which Rafel Furcal and Alberto Castillo included homers.
Jonathan Albaladejo lost for PR, after 7 innings work in which he allowed all damage done by DR, for Cibao Eagles, Robinson Tejeda come in to shut doors down.

For today,action starts at 1 pm ( PT), when Venezuela face DR and at 5 pm Mexico does the same with Puerto Rico.

STANDING

Mexico 3 1
Venezuela 3 1
Dominican 1 2
P. Rico 0 3


STATISTICS :


Lou Lucca (PR), is leading in batting with .500 ( 10-5), followed by Miguel Flores (MX) with .471 (17-8)and Alex Cintron (PR) with .467 (15-8).
Derrick White (MX) and Jonny Gomes (MX) leading in HR´s with 2, while Vinny Castilla is the RBI leader with 6.
Venezuela leads in team batting while Mexico does for team pitching.
Danny Medina ( VZ) leads in strikeouts with 11, followed by Frank "K's" Campos ( MX) with 10.


If you want to have more detailed info on this series visit, their web site , (in spanish) www.seriedelcaribe.com is a very complete in stats , photos and evrything around it.

Replies: 2 comments

Correct,and sorry for that,Alex Cabrera would hit maybe 50 or more if he would not be sidelined by an injury that allowed him to play only in 64 games out of 130 in the season, and indeed he previously averaged 50 HR ´s pers season during 2001 (49), 2002 (55) and 2003 (50) season (154 total). Thanks Mischa....

Posted by Carlos Fragoso @ 02/06/2005 10:28 AM EST

Alex Cabrera didn't hit 50 HR in Japan last year as he was injured for half the season. He probably would have hit 50 if he had played the full year.

Posted by Mischa Gelman @ 02/06/2005 08:41 AM EST

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