The Criollos de Caguas and the Cangrejeros de Santurce came out through the wide door on Friday of the Puerto Rican winter tournament.
Caguas came from behind to beat RA12 in extra innings with a score of 14-9, while the Indios were displaced from the top of the standings by the Cangrejeros, who won 4-1.
This day marked the return of Santurce to the first position with a 10-4 record followed by Mayagüez with 10-5, Caguas improved its record to 8-5, while RA12 continues in the last position playing for 2-11. Carolina had a rest day with a 4-9 record.
At the Bithorn, the Criollos posted a six-run bouquet in the eleventh inning that helped La Yegüita get their sixth straight win after losing 7-0 in the game.
Uncontrol in the arm of reliever Miguel Cirino gave Caguas victory when wild pitch and two consecutive walks in congested traffic gave away three of the six runs to the visitors in the eleventh. Reymond Fuentes double, with the bases loaded, cleared the way to put the game in a safe box.
Caguas came from behind in the inning to collect the bats scoring five laps that tied the score at seven runs. Forced play at second on a hit by Fuentes brought the first run out of the inning. Machín’s double propelled Fuentes to the plate. Free ticket to Jonathan Morales and a ball to Juan Centeno filled the Creole bases, a scenario that Edwin Díaz took advantage of to connect a double that emptied the pads to complete the five annotations.
In Mayagüez, left-hander Héctor Hernández was successful after pitching seven innings where he only allowed three singles, two walks and struck out five. Fernando Cruz got his third save in one and a third innings. For Mayagüez, Miguel Martínez charged with the backhand allowing two runs, one of them earned, in 5.1 innings. He fanned four batters.
The Cangrejeros woke up the shipments of veteran Miguel Martínez scoring a run in the first inning. David Vidal lined up left field to tow Marty Costes from intermediate. Crabby leadoff hitter went into traffic on the error of shortstop Héctor Nieves.
Jan Hernández’s double and Alexis Pantoja’s single combined to bring the visitors’ second round in the fourth inning.
At the entrance of luck and with bases loaded, Daniel Palka was hit by reliever Willie Ríos to mark the third run for the crustaceans.
The tribe’s lack of control took its toll on them again in the eighth chapter when, with the traffic congested, Edwin Sánchez walked Roy Morales for the fourth line from Santiago.
For Santurce, Marty Costes batted 4-2 with two runs scored, while in a lost cause by the tribe Brett Rodríguez and Brian Rey both went 4-2.
On Saturday, the Cangrejeros will host RA12 from 4:10 pm and at 6:10 pm the lights of the Roberto Clemente Walker stadium will be turned on for the game between the Indians and the Giants.