MELBOURNE 10, BRISBANE 7 AT BRISBANE
Melbourne built a 7-1 lead in the fourth. They led 10-3 going to the bottom of the ninth, then held on. Brisbane had the tying run up to bat with one out, but a double play ended the game. Darryl George was 3-for-5 with a grand slam (his fourth homer) and two runs. Chris Burke was 2-for-4. Jarryd Dale was 2-for-4. Blake Gailen was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer, his seventh. Gift Ngoepe was 1-for-5 with a home run. Ex-Twin Delmon Young was 1-for-5 with a three-run homer, his fifth. Ex-Twin Sam Gibbons started and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and one walk and striking out three.
Stats: Young is batting .411. Colin Willis was 1-for-3 and is batting .341. George is batting .340. Damek Tomscha was 1-for-5 and is batting .307. Cameron Gibbens pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and has an ERA of 2.16. Josh Tols pitched a perfect inning and has an ERA of 2.13.
No game scheduled. Melbourne is 17-7, in first place in the Australian League, 3.5 games ahead of Perth. Their next scheduled game is Thursday at Perth.
The Caribbean Series opened Sunday.
PANAMA 6, VENEZUELA 3
Trailing 3-2, Panama scored four in the sixth. Allen Cordoba was 3-for-4 for Panama. Harold Arauz pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and no walks and striking out three. A. Warner pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. For Venezuela, Herlis Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a home run. Jesus Sucre was 2-for-4 with a home run. David Martinez pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks and striking out one.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 5, PUERTO RICO 1
J. Lagares hit a three-run homer in the third to put the Dominican up 3-1 and then hit a two-run single in the fourth to make it 5-1. C. Martinez struck out seven in 5.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks. Puerto Rico had just four hits. L. Medina pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks and striking out three.
MEXICO 10, COLOMBIA 2
Mexico scored six in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. Jesse Castillo was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, two runs, and four RBIs. Manny Barreda pitched six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk and striking out two. J. Diaz was 2-for-4 to lead Colombia. D. Holmberg pitched four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks and striking out one.
Dominican Republic, 1-0
Puerto Rico, 0-1
Panama v. Colombia
Venezuela v. Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic v. Mexico