Posted on 26 January 2017.
The Aguilas de Zulia took down the Cardenales de Lara in the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP Championship yesterday. The 5-2 victory sealed Zulia’s seventh title and gives them a spot in the 2017 Caribbean Series.
The Aguilas rode the right arm of Mitch Lively to the win. Lively tossed 7.0 innings allowing just one run on two hits. He struck out five to pick up his second win. Raul Rivero (L, 0-3) did not pitch terrible but took the loss giving up three runs over 7.0 innings.
The offense for Zulia was jump started in the bottom of the 1st inning with a 2-run home run by Jose Pirela (1-for-3). Endy Chavez (2-for-2) chipped in with a RBI and was the only Zulia hitter with more than one hit.
Jesus Montero (1-for-4) and Carlos Rivero (1-for-4) both hit solo home runs for the only runs that Lara would score. The Cardenales only managed 4 hits the entire game.
Zulia will travel to Culiacan, Mexico to try and pick up their 3rd Caribbean Series title. They will open up on Thursday February 2 against Puerto Rico.
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Posted on 24 January 2017.
The Aguilas de Zulia moved game closer to taking home the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP Championship. Zulia took Game 3 by a score of 8-7 to move within a game of moving onto the Caribbean Series. The Cardenales de Lara are now down to must win games to stay alive.
It was an exciting finish going into extra innings tied at 5. Lara pulled ahead in the top of the 8th 5-4 only to see Zulia tie the game in the bottom half of the inning on a Mario Lisson solo home run.
Lara would go onto score 2 runs in the top of the 10th only to see Zulia come back and score 3 for the walk off win.
Jesus Montero, who last played in the big leagues in 2015, led Lara offensively going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs batted in. Rangel Ravelo (2-for-4) and Juniel Querecuto (2-for-4) both chipped in with a pair of hits for Lara.
Ronny Cedeno (2-for-3) hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning finishing the game with 3 RBI and a stolen base. Jose Pirela (2-for-5), Alex Romero (2-for-4), and Jesus Flores (2-for-4) led Zulia at the plate. But the biggest hit of the night came from Ali Castillo on a line drive to center to score Jordany Valdespin with the walk off winner.
Zulia will look to finish off the series Tuesday night to try and advance to the Caribbean Series.
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Posted on 22 January 2017.
The Aguilas de Zulia once again pounced on the Cardenales de Lara in the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP Championship Series. Zulia now leads the best-of-7 series 2-0.
Zulia started off well with a single run in the 1st and 2nd innings then exploded for three in the 3rd which was more than enough. The bottom of the order really led the way for the Aguilas in Game 2. The no. 6-9 hitters all had two hits apiece to pace the 13 hit attack. No other hitter had more than one for Zulia. They also each drove in at least two runs, with eight hole hitter Jordany Valdespin (2-for-5) driving in a game high three.
Wil Ledezma (W, 1-0) pitched well for Zulia starting and going six strong. He allowed just 1 run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4 to pick up the win. Lara starter Jorge Martinez (L, 2-1) took the loss going just 2.2 innings.
The bright spot for Lara hitting wise was Gustavo Molina who went 3-for-3.
Game 3 will be tomorrow night (Monday, 1/23) as Lara looks to try and get back in the series.
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Posted on 20 January 2017.
The Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP started its championship series this weekend. Playing in the finals with a chance to advance to the Caribbean Series are the Arguilas del Zulia and Cardenales de Lara.
The seven game championship series began today, Friday January 20. It will continue through Saturday January 28 with the final three games only as needed.
Game 1 was dominated by the visiting Zulia 12-2. The game stayed close for the first five innings with Zulia ahead just 3-2, but the Aguilas bats got hot in the sixth inning scoring eight runs.
After Lara starter Raul Rivero gave up a lead off triple in the sixth, he was pulled for reliever Franklin Morales. However, Morales failed to get any of the three hitters he faced out. Morales promptly hit Alex Romero putting two runners on base. He then was plagued by a defensive miscue, Lara would commit two errors allowing six unearned runs, that allowed Jose Pirela to score from third. Morales followed that up by plunking the next hitter too in Jordany Valdespin before being yanked. It would take Lara four pitchers to get out of the sixth but not before they gave up eight runs.
Endy Chavez (2-for-4) homered for Zulia. Six hitters for Zulia had multiple hits including Freddy Galvis with four from the lead off spot. Mitch Lively pitched well for the Aguilas to pick up the win going seven innings allowing just two earned runs on six hits.
Game 2 of the series is tomorrow (1/21) at 5:30 PM. The probable starters for tomorrow’s game include Wil Ledezma for Zulia and Jorge Martinez for Lara.
The champion will advance to the 2017 Caribbean Series where Zulia would be in search of its third title with the last coming in 1989. The Aguilas last won the LVBP in 2000. The Cardenales de Lara last won the LVBP in 2001 but have never won a Caribbean Series title.
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