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TUESDAY, February 7, 2006
ANOTHER CLOSE ONE: VENADOS LOSE IN 11 INNINGS
Hubbard scores both runs as Mazatlan ends season
VALENCIA, VENEZUELA – One day after Walter Silva turned in a strong start on the mound in a loss to Licey, Mazatlan pitcher Pablo Ortega tossed nine solid innings Tuesday. Unfortunately, the bats fell silent once again as the Venados were dealt yet another heartbreaking loss in the Caribbean Series when the Carolina Gigantes prevailed 3-2 in eleven innings. Ortega, who was pounded by Caracas last Thursday in the CS opener, allowed just two runs and scattered nine hits before giving way to reliever Hugo Castellanos.
After allowing 44 runs in their first four games, the Deer pitchers settled down and gave up six runs over their final 20 innings. However, the Mazatlan offense could only come up with a total of three runs and six hits over the same period as the Venados became only the fourth team in Mexican Pacific League history to go winless in the CS after winning it last year.
About the only signs of offensive life came from Mazatlan center fielder Trenidad Hubbard, who scored both Venados runs. With Carolina leading 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Hubbard scored the old-fashioned way by drawing a walk from Puerto Rican starter Federico Baez, stealing second base, moving to third on a Baez balk, and coming home on Oscar Robles’ sacrifice fly. Hubbard then put the Mexicans ahead 2-1 by swatting a monstrous homer to center field in the sixth, but the Gigantes tied it up when Jose Valentin cranked a roundtripper of his own in the top of the eighth.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the eleventh. By then, Castellanos had been pulled for Jose Luis Garcia, who gave up a single to Valentin and a double to Alex Cintron. With runners on second and third with one out, Edward Guzman singled to Hubbard in center to bring Valentin across with the game-winner, his third run of the game. Valentin went 4-for-5 for the day, while Cintron collected a trio of hits for Carolina. Hubbard, Luis Alfonso Cruz and Ray Sadler each had one hit for Mazatlan. While Baez allowed just two runs and three hits in eight innings for the Giants, the win went to reliever Orlando Roman, who was flawless in three entradas. Garcia was tagged with his second loss of the Series.
In the final game of the CS at Maracaibo, host Caracas won the title in dramatic fashion by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a comeback 5-4 win over Licey. Henry Blanco’s double drove in the winning run for the Leones, who finished 6-0. The Tigres came in second at 4-2.
Carolina (PR) Gigantes 3-12-1, Mazatlan (MX) Venados 2-3-0 (11)
WP-Orlando Roman, LP-Jose Luis Garcia.
Caracas (VZ) Leones 5-8-1, Licey (DR) Tigres 4-7-1
WP-Victor Moreno, LP-Jorge Sosa.