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Venezuela: Magallanes Trips La Guira

VENEZUELA – The Magallanes Navegantes plated six late scores to turn back La Guira, 7-5, to solidfy its second-place standing in the Venezuelan Winter Baseball League.

In a tightly contested 1-1 game heading into the seventh, the Navegantes offense caught fire late en route to the win. Eliezer Alfonzo went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, and Lew Ford added three hits.

Sergio Perez (2-2) earned the win with a strong six-inning outing that featured just one run on four hits and seven strikeouts.

Lara 5, Margarita 2 (7 innings)
The Lara Cardenales rallied from a two-run hole with five unanswered runs to capture the win in the makeup game of a Nov. 26 rainout. Luis Jimenez highlighted the comeback victory with a three-run bomb in the seventh, while Jairo Perez added a pair of hits and two RBIs. Romulo Sanchez (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless middle relief to nab the win.

Lara 10, Margarita 5
The Cardenales racked up 15 hits to complete the twinbill sweep over the Bravos. Pirates prospect Andrew Lambo went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Erasmo Ramirez picked up the win, while Henry Sosa was charged with the loss.

Caracas 5, Zulia 3 (11 innings)
A hotly-contested affair, Caracas plated two runs in the 11th to claim the victory. The Leones erupted for 14 hits, and the biggest of the night came on a RBI single by Aharon Eggleston to plate the eventual game-winning run.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE:bannerfans_9779423(2)
Caribes (31-17)
Magallanes (26-22)
Aragua (24-23)
La Guaira (23-23)
Caracas (23-25)
Lara (22-24)
Zulia (23-26)
Margarita (18-30)

BATTING LEADERS:

AVERAGE:
.410 – Alex Cabrera, La Guaira
.377 – Cory Aldridge, Caribes
.354 – Luis Sardinas, La Guaira

HOME RUNS:
18 – Alex Cabrera, La Guaira
14 – Jesus Aguilar, Caracas
12 – 2 Players Tied

RBIs:
46 – Alex Cabrera, La Guaira
41 – Hector Gimenez, Aragua
41 – Mario Lisson, Magallanes

STOLEN BASES:
18 – Ezequiel Carrera, Magallanes
14 – Ender Inciarte, Zulia
06 – 4 Players Tied

PITCHING LEADERS:

WINS:
6 – Mitch Lively, Magallanes
5 – 3 Players Tied
4 – 4 Players Tied

ERA:
1.46 – Mitch Lively, Magallanes
2.34 – Roy Merritt, Zulia
2.53 – Edgmer Escalona, La Guaira

STRIKEOUTS:
46 – Roy Merritt, Zulia
45 – Paolo Espino, Caribes
41 – Victor Garate, Caracas

INNINGS PITCHED:
57.2 – Roy Merritt, Zulia
55.1 – Mitch Lively, Magallanes
54.1 – Yohan Pino, Aragua