AGUILAS 6, GIGANTES 3 AT GIGANTES (GAME 3)
The Aguilas led 4-0 before the Gigantes scored three in the seventh. In the eighth, however, Francisco Pena hit a two-run homer to seal the win for the Aguilas. For the Gigantes, Peter O'Brien was 1-for-3 with a home run and Juan Francisco was 1-for-4 with a home run. Chris Ellis pitched 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks and striking out two.
Record: The Gigantes lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
Next game: The Gigantes are at the Aguilas on Friday.
LARA 7, ARAGUA 6 IN LARA (GAME 1)
Aragua scored three in the top of the eighth to take a 6-4 lead, but Lara came back with three in the bottom of the eighth to go up 7-6. Cesar Hernandez' two-run single brought home the tying and go-ahead runs. Ildemaro Vargas was 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, and three runs. Hernandez was 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs. Osman Marval was 2-for-3 with a walk. Carlos Rivero was 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs. Ex-Twin Logan Darnell pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and no walks and striking out one.
Record: Lara leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.
Next game: Lara host Aragua tonight.
The series with Manati remains in limbo. I'm using Google Translate on the league website, which is sometimes tricky, but here's what I think is going on. It appears that Manati has been cleared to play, but Mayaguez has not yet. The clearance to play is up to the Puerto Rico Department of Health. If they give the go-ahead for Mayaguez to play, the series will resume on Sunday. if they don't, Manati will move on to play Caguas, the winner of the other semi-final series, in the finals.
MELBOURNE 9, CANBERRA 7 AT MELBOURNE
Melbourne built a 9-0 lead after six, then held on as Canberra scored two in the seventh and five in the ninth. The tying run was up to bat when the game ended. Ex-Twin Delmon Young was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Darryl George was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs. Blake Gailen was 2-for-4 with a home run (his second), a walk and three RBIs. Jarryd Dale was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBIs. Jack Barrie was 2-for-4. Brian Flynn struck out seven in seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk.
Stats: Barrie is batting .500. Young is batting .429. George is batting .382. Damek Tomscha was 1-for-4 and is batting .311. Gailen is batting .306. Flynn has an ERA of 0.89. Drew Anderson struck out the only man he faced and has an ERA of zero.
Record: Melbourne is 8-5, in second place in the Australian League, but technically a half game ahead of first-place Adelaide (4-2).