Aragua Sweeps Zulia: Lara Eliminated

Caribes took 12 innings, but they finally overcame Lara to win 5-4 on a steal of home by Luis Ugueto.  Luis too advantage right after a pitching change by Lara.  The loss knocked Lara out of the second round.  That is a tough way to be eliminated.

Lara had rallied in the top of the ninth from a 4-3 deficit after none of the Caribes pitchers could get the ball over the plate.  Four different pitchers worked the ninth for Caribes, walking three and finally hitting Mario Yepez to bring in the tying run.  Pedro Rodriguez was able to contain the damage, working the last three innings for Caribes, allowing only one walk and no hits to pick up the victory.

Luis Valbuena had hit a 2-run pinch hit homer in the seventh for Lara to tie the game at 3-3 but Eliezer Alfonso gave Caribes the lead again with a solo homerun.

Araguas was able to advance to the second round by sweeping Zulia 4-1 and 3-0.  This made a third game unnecesary.  Myworld can’t imagine how subdued the celebration must have been after the death of Rosman Garcia on Thursday.

The five teams to make it to the second round are La Guaira (who finished at the bottom last year), Caribes, Magallanes (also did not qualify last year), Aragua and Zulia.  Caribes won the Venezuelan winter league last year.  Aragua had won five of six Venezuelan titles from the 2003/2004 season to the 2008/2009 season.  Magallanes won it in 2009/2010.

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