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Feb '08 27

Spanish team blows late lead again

by Brian D. Moore

The Spanish National Team played their second exhibition today against Point Loma Nazarene College at gorgeous Carroll B. Land Stadium. The Spaniards were treated to crystal blue skies and temperatures around 22 degrees.

Manuel OLIVERA was on the mound to start again for Spain.  He looked good through the first two, picking off two base runners and facing the minimum six batters. OLIVERA ran into trouble in the third when he was touched up for a two-run homerun by Kurt STEINHAUER. OLIVERA gave up a single one out later, but after that he retired eight in a row. Well, he did hit a guy, but picked him off as well.

In the fourth Spain struck back. Dewis NAVARRO was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and he moved to second on a single by Marc CARRILLO. Pedro MENDEZ sacrificed the runners up a base, and Jose Luis RIERA turned his second hit of the game into an RBI. Lesther GALVAN added a sacrifice fly to round out the scoring in the fourth, and the game was tied.

It remained that way until the sixth. With the bases empty and two outs Pedro MENDEZ beat out an infield single. RIERA dropped in his third hit of the game, and Spain was in business.  Lesther GALVAN then split the alley in left centerfield to drive home MENDEZ and give Spain a 3-2 lead.

The bullpen looked strong for Spain. Rhiner CRUZ, Jorge BALBOA, and Audie NUNEZ all pitched a scoreless inning of relief. But in the ninth Fernando GUTIERREZ walked the leadoff batter. The next hitter sacrificed him to second, and GUTIERREZ allowed both men to move up a base when his throw sailed down the right field line. GUTIERREZ went 3-1 on the next hitter before he dribbled a ball down the first base line. The ball hit the base, and bounced off Victor LOPEZ, now playing first, allowing the tying run to score.

Spain gave an intentional walk to load the bases with nobody out. GUTIERREZ induced a shallow fly ball to right for the first out. He then tied up a good hitter and got him to pop up to first. Just when it looked like GUTIERREZ might get out of it the next batter hit a slow ground ball between first and second. Danny SANCHEZ dove for it, but could not hold on and the winning run scored.

The Spanish team, which could work out in PETCO Park, will play two more exhibition games. They will face Cal State San Marcos on Thursday and the San Diego City College on Friday to conclude their training camp in South California.

CF Daniel FIGUEROA 0-1
– LF Edgar AIENTO 0-3
C Dewis NAVARRO 0-3 with a run scored
– C Miguel MORA 0-0
3B Marc CARRILLO 1-4 with a run scored
DH Pedro MENDEZ 1-2 with a run scored
– PH Ricardo RODRIGUEZ 0-1
1B Jose Luis RIERA 3-3 with an RBI
– PH Javier ZABALZA 0-1
RF Lesther GALVAN 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI
SS Nestor PEREZ 0-4 with 3 K’s
2B Daniel SANCHEZ 0-1 with 2 walks
– PH-1B Victor LOPEZ 0-0 with a walk

Manuel OLIVERA—5 innings, 2 earned runs, 4 hits, 1 HBP, 5 K’s
Rhiner CRUZ—1 inning, 1 BB, 1 K
Jorge BALBOA—1 inning, 1 hit
Audie NUNEZ—1 inning, 1 hit
Fernando GUTIERREZ (losing pitcher) 2/3 inning, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs, 1 earned run

1 Comment

  1. Comment by bob naegele
    February 28, 2008 | 8:55 pm

    here’s a link to photos from the PLNU game.


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