Tenerife Marlins Puerto Cruz – Halcones de Vigo 6-3, 5-0
The TENERIFE MARLINS defended their title in Spanish Baseball with a sweep over HALCONES DE VIGO last weekend. They remain four games up in the standings over the FC BARCELONA with four games to go. But due to the two ruled 9-0 wins against BARCA at home, the Catalonian team cannot take over first place, even if the MARLINS would lose each of the last four games of the season. It is the fifth straight championship for PUERTO CRUZ and the sixth in a row for the team from Tenerife. CB SANT BOI in 2003 was the last team to capture the championship for a club from the main land.
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In game one on Saturday VIGO had the better start, taking a 3-0 lead in the opening frame thanks to a three-run homerun by Marco Marques. TENERIFE cut down on the deficit in the bottom of the first on a RBI double by Luis Perez. In the second they took the lead on two-run homeruns by Juan Macias and Daniel Martinez, which highlighted a five-run rally to seal a 6-3 win. Leslie Nacar (W 14-1) struck out twelve in eight solid innings, allowing eight hits, three runs and three bb. Ronny Malave (L 6-5) conceded ten hits, six runs and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
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In the second match Ivan Granados (W 12-1) completed the sweep with a six-hit shutout leading TENERIFE to a 5-0 win. He struck out six and walked four during the nine scoreless innings. Nestor Perez and Victor Lopez combined to drive in four runs. Jose Salazar scored twice. Juan Jose Lopez (L 4-4) issued eight hits, four runs (3 ER) and six bb in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven.
CD Pamplona – Baseball Navarra 0-4, 1-9
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Juan Jose Lopez (W 4-7) led NAVARRA with a complete game shutout to a 4-0 win over PAMPLONA in game one. He struck out 13 batters and conceded just four hits and a walk. Hector Perozo went two-for-three with two walks, a double and two RBI. Alberto Espanol scored thrice. Alexis Fumero (L 3-8) surrendered nine hits, four runs (2 ER) and four bb in nine innings. He struck out seven.
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In the second match NAVARRA pounded out 18 hits in a 9-1 win over CD. Inaki Alonso and Larry Infante combined for six hits, six runs scored and two RBI from the top of the order. Alberto Espanol started and allowed just one hit and a walk in three innings of work. Diego Armando Perez (W 3-4) replaced him, completed the three-hitter and picked up the win. Juan Redin (L 1-4) gave up 13 hits, eight runs and four bb in 4 1/3 innings.
FC Barcelona – Astros Valencia 10-0 (7), 8-0
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The FC BARCELONA dominated the ASTROS in both ends of their doubleheader on Saturday. In game one they scored seven runs in the first two innings en route to an easy 10-0 win. Juan Salazar, Felix Isasi and Oscar Roman scored two runs each. Orlando and Albert Diaz combined for four RBI. Homer Baez (W 12-3) and Jason Friedman combined to allow just two hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings, striking out nine. Norman Nelson Cowes (L 0-5) surrendered eight hits, seven runs (6 ER) and four bb in 1 2/3 innings.
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Emmanuel Febles scored three times and Jesus Golindano drove in three to lead BARCELONA to an 8-0 victory over VALENCIA in the second match. Pedro Belmonte (W 13-1) gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings for the win. Andres Gimeno (S 2) completed the two-hitter with three solid relief-innings. Jorge Gomez (L 0-3) allowed 13 hits, eight runs and a walk in seven innings.
El Llano – CB Sant Boi 3-1, 4-1
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EL LLANO extended its own winning streak this weekend in the Spanish Division de Honor and ended the one of SANT BOI. In game one they scored three runs in the first three innings in a 3-1 victory, while Marcos Pinto and Juan De Leon (W 4-5) allowed just a combined three hits, a run and five bb thru the nine innings. Pinto started and struck out eight. Javier Peyrote crossed the plate twice. Oscar Alvarez (L 11-4) conceded six hits, three runs (2 ER) and four walks in eight innings.
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In the second game Elbis Alberto Avila (W 3-2) gave up just one run on eight hits and a walk in nine innings to lead EL LLANO to a 4-1 win. He struck out twelve. Jose Estebin Cruz (L 9-5) issued eight hits, four runs (3 ER) and six bb in seven innings.
San Inazio Bilbao – CB Viladecans 8-2, 7-3
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SAN INAZIO moved closer towards fourth place in the Division de Honor standings with a sweep over CB VILADECANS, which dropped to seventh. In game one they blew a close game open by scoring five runs combined in the seventh and eighth of an 8-2 victory. Kelvin Marianucci collected three hits, doubled twice and drove in two. Fidel Mane (W 7-5) not only struck out eleven in a complete game win, but also got three RBI. Delio Miguel Martinez (L 8-3) conceded eight hits, three runs and three bb in six innings.
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In the second match BILBAO prevailed after a similar game by a score of 7-3. Kelvin Marianucci and Aitor Rubio each scored twice. Asier Izaguirre drove in two. Alberto Magallon (W 6-6) went the distance, allowing five hits, three runs (2 ER) and two bb. Pol Llopis (L 2-6) surrendered twelve hits, seven runs (6 ER) and three walks in 7 2/3 innings.
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Photo: © Diego Lazaro