Friday, February 4, 2011

MURILLO DOUBLE KEYS OBREGON 7-3 WIN OVER CARIBES

Agustin Murillo (pictured) went a long way towards making up for two error-filled Caribbean Series games with a bases-loaded double Thursday for the Obregon Yaquis, who went on to beat Venezuelan champion Anzoategui, 7-3, in Puerto Rico. Obregon is now 2-and-1 while the Caribes are 1-and-2 in the CS with three days left to play.

The Yaquis scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the third inning when Barbaro Canizares doubled home Doug Clark for one run, then scored a second counter himself on Justin Christian’s single.

Canizares and Jose Rodriguez both singled off Caribes starter Ramon Ramirez to start the fifth, and a Ramirez error on a Christian sacrifice bunt attempt loaded the sacks with Yaquis. After Evert Cabrera struck out, Murillo lined a full-count Ramirez offering into left field to plate three runs, giving Obregon a 5-0 lead.

The veteran third baseman, who had four errors in the first two games of the CS, went on to score on Jorge Vazquez’ single. Murillo and Canizares each collected two hits in the game as Marco Quevedo got the win with 5.1 innings of two-run, four hit pitching. Ramirez absorbed the loss for the Caribes.

In the day's second game, Dominican champ Este scored three runs in the ninth edge host team Caguas, 4-3. Trailing 3-1, the Toros tied the contest on Esteban German's two-run triple. German scored on Kevin Barker's double play grounder to put Este on top. The Criollos were retired scoreless in the bottom of the ninth as Hiram Bocachica hit into a double play to end the game. Caguas second baseman Alex Cora singled twice, walked twice and scored three runs as the Criollos saw their CS record fall to 1-and-2. Este and Obregon are tied for first at 2-and-1.

The Yaquis and Toros will meet again Saturday at 3PM while Anzoategui and Caguas clash in the nightcap. Obregon outlasted Este in the CS opener, 4-3, in 15 innings on Wednesday.