GIGANTES 5, AGUILAS 0 AT AGUILAS (GAME 4)
The Gigantes scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth, led by three home runs. Ronald Guzman was 4-for-5 with a double. Juan Francisco was 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk. Peter O'Brien was 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk, and two RBIs. Jose Siri was 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk. Richelson Pena pitched seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks and striking out four.
Record: The Gigantes have taken a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Next game: The Gigantes host the Aguilas tonight.
LARA 19, ARAGUA 10 AT ARAGUA (GAME 3)
Lara scored six in the second to go up 6-1. Aragua scored six in the fifth to lead 9-6. Aragua led 10-8 through eight, but Lara scored eleven runs in the ninth to win it. They had two doubles, five singles, four walks, and two hit batsmen in the inning. Carlos Rivero was 3-for-5 with a double. Yordanys Linares was 3-for-6 with a double, three runs, and three RBIs. Osman Marval was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs. Lara had just twelve hits, but drew twelve walks. The teams combined to use nineteen pitchers, eleven of them by Aragua.
Record: Lara leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
Next game: Lara is at Aragua Sunday night.
Nothing new to report. The last word on the league website is from January 13, which says they are waiting for the Puerto Rico Department of Health to determine whether the series with Manati can continue.
MELBOURNE 2, CANBERRA 0 IN MELBOURNE
Kyle Perkins homered in the fifth and Jack Barrie had an RBI single in the sixth for the game's only runs. Ex-Twin Delmon Young was 3-for-4. Damek Tomscha was 2-for-4. Perkins was 1-for-3 with a home run. Tyler Beardsley struck out seven in six shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk.
Stats: Barrie was 1-for-3 and is batting .500. Young is batting .449. Darryl George was 1-for-4 and is batting. 349. Tomscha is batting .308. Jon Kennedy struck out four in 1.2 scoreless innings and has an ERA of 2.53.
Record: Melbourne is 10-5, in first place in the Australian League, 1.5 games ahead of Adelaide.
Next game: Melbourne again hosts Canberra tonight.