1871: Week 2 / Semana II

Venegas knew he led restless men.

They said little, but when the Cariduros had won their last game and left his Ingenieros in the lonely cellar, their sullenness had gained a prodigious and yet inexpressible depth.

Hugo Moreno, serving as fielding coach in addition to backing up González behind the plate, had tried to mollify his teammates with a wisdom he neither had nor could convincingly falsify. Nor did they listen much when Efraín Rodríguez, the old man of the clubhouse, told them that it was a simple run of bad luck.

After all, he had played as much professional baseball as any of them: none. Quezada, in particular, had taken to goading Rodríguez on the road, and would perhaps have had greater success if he was not, in his teammates’ judgment, the cause of many of their worst showings.

For his part, Venegas wished he could assuage them. The responsibility was his, after all, and while many of his men had undoubtedly served—after all, where else would they have learned to play?—he was the only one on the Rincón bench who had worn any badge beyond the ragged regular uniform of the Army of Liberation.

No one would have thought it on seeing him, between his slight frame and drooping eyes that suggested exhaustion, but Venegas had been a sergeant, if only one because of the promotion General Rojas had given all his men after he had escaped the engagement at Yauco—an ambush that had been surprising, if not particularly dangerous—with his life.

He had spent the rest of the war in Mayagüez, the revolutionary capital, impressing dignitaries with his height, which was rumored to be near six-and-a-half feet, and keeping his uniform clean, and not leading men, a charge he would remain wholly innocent of until Rincón’s sponsor, who had met him in those years, gently requested he help shape the team.

Venegas had acquiesced, and despite the care he had for his men and how obvious he felt it, they were not yet convinced he could lead them.

In a week or so, he would turn fifty-one, and he wondered if this skill was simply required too late in his life for him to learn it. 

april 10th

The logo of the Próceres de Barranquitas: a very fancy white "B" on a purple circle bordered in black-gold-black.

at Próceres

So disheartened are the Ingenieros after their now infamous week that they scarcely cheer when shortstop Omar Contreras hits a run-scoring triple and comes home himself shortly thereafter.

When first baseman Mauricio Noyola puts them up 5-0 with a rare double in the top of the third, the applause from the bench is scattered at best.

In the bottom of the sixth, Barranquitas puts themselves within two runs, left fielder Pascual Crespo walks off the field after twisting his forearm on a bad throw, and when the Rincón lineup fails to score even once after the fifth inning, they go into the bottom of the ninth fully expecting to get walked off.

The Próceres do manage to bring one home in the bottom of the ninth, but when the Ingenieros watch the last out drop into right fielder Víctor Nieves‘ hand, they’re speechless.

Venegas, on the other hand, has to speak, because the gacetero on hand is asking him how it feels. He feels about his mind for the words.

“You know, at the end of the day, it’s about who scores the most runs.”

Thus begins the proud tradition of baseball managers, caught in the moment, saying absolutely nothing.

Ingenieros (finally) win, 6-5. Ingenieros: 1-7.

around the league

The logo of the Murciélagos de Camuy: a teal "C" in italic athletic block type bordered in white, on a purple circle with black patterning, bordered in black.

By contrast, swingman Carlos Montano, in the midst of a below-average season, holds the Navegadores to two hits and no runs, and becomes the first pitcher to record a strikeout during a shutout. 

The logo of the Valerosos de Ciales: a cursive purple "V" on a gold circcle with black diagonal lines, bordered in black and purple.

Right fielder Jesús Zeledón is at it again, going 5-for-7 against the Palomas with a double, driving in four teammates and scoring six runs himself.

The logo of the Capitanes de Mayagüez: a red "M" on a navy circle bordered in red.

When Juan Salgado finishes against the Vejiganteshe’s managed to shut them out on six hits—but also become the first pitcher to give up a walk in a shutout.

The logo of the Arzobispos de Aguada: orange "AA" in a bold font bordered in white on a black circle with blue speckling, bordered in orange.

Left fielder Santos Hernández pulls a hamstring on his way to second base. He will be out six weeks.

The logo of the Cotorras de Río Grande: a bright red "R" in quirky type bordered in black and yellow on a green circle bordered in orange-yellow-orange.

Second baseman Diego Alcaraz somehow fractures his finger running the bases. He will be out for four weeks, also known as “the rest of the season.”

 

april 11th

The logo of the Vejigantes de Loíza: a big purple "L" bordered in gold on a black circle, bordered in purple.

vs. Vejigantes

After a scoreless first, Loíza shortstop Héctor Gárnica smashes a two-run triple off Domingo Quezada.

The Ingenieros answer with three runs of their own, led by Mauricio Noyola, only to watch the Vejigantes score three more when the Rincón infield once again forgets how to play defense.

It’s okay, though, because catcher Juan González decides to save his notorious knees some trouble, and ties the game with a two-run shot that arcs gracefully over the right field fence.

Quezada manages to hold Loíza scoreless, and in the bottom of the fifth, the Ingenieros load the bases when Alfredo Vargas reaches on error, Omar Contreras is walked, and Víctor Nieves singles.

What happens next is unbelievable to both teams. Jesús Cepeda‘s infield hit allows Vargas to score, and after a flyout from Noyola, Jorge Parra, González, and Domingo Quezada—the Ingenieros’ pitcher—score three successive infield RBI singles, chasing Loíza’s Fernando Sánchez off the mound.

His replacement, Ricardo Castorena, immediately gives up a line drive to Efraín Rodríguez, and the right fielder drops it, allowing Parra and González to score. Quezada comes home later when, for the second time that inning, Vargas reaches on an error by Gárnica at short.

Contreras stands there as Rodríguez scores on a wild pitch and Vargas advances all the way to third, before hitting a groundout that allows Vargas to score.

It’s a nine-run inning, and though the Vejigantes do score again in the game, everyone knows it’s over.

Ingenieros win, 17-7. Ingenieros: 2-7.

around the league

The logo of the Cariduros de Fajardo: a saffron "F" on a steel circle bordered in black-saffron-steel.

In the same game where a teammate sets a Liga Hostos record with five runs scored, catcher Carlos Flores strains his oblique muscle trying to throw out a runner. He will be out six weeks.

The logo of the Atléticos de San Germán: a black "SG" in Gothic type on a pink circle bordered in white and then black.

Reliever Jesús López goes in the bullpen and discovers he can’t turn his wrist without pain. After two decent starts, he is out for eight months. 

 

april 12th

The logo of the Azucareros de Yabucoa: a lowercase "y" in black, bordered in orange, on a yellow circle, bordered in orange and then green.

at Azucareros

On the one hand, Pascual Crespo grabs a line drive for an out and promptly fires it to Hugo Moreno at the plate for a 7-2 double play—exactly the kind of defense Rincón just doesn’t do.

On the other, in the department of the kind of defense Rincón does do, Efraín Rodríguez alone costs the Ingenieros multiple runs in center field, first by taking far too long to get settled and bobbling a catch, then by attempting a diving stop that completely eludes the ball he was tracking.

Azucareros win, 9-7. Ingenieros: 2-8.

around the league

The logo of the Mulos de Aguas Buenas: a thick red "A" bordered in white on a black circle streaked with white spots, bordered in white-red-white.

Left fielder Omar Martínez, having a very different rookie season, nonetheless manages a 5-6 line against the Corsos, including two of his 11 doubles, scoring three runs by himself and driving in another five.

The logo of the Maratonistas de Coamo: a pale golden "C" in thick block type on a white circle bordered in pale gold, black, and pale gold again.

Center fielder Gil Avelar, already leading Betances in on-base percentage, torches the Pescadores for five hits, including a double, scoring once and driving a run in. 

The logo of the Guardacostas de Cataño: a black C, bordered in white and then gold, on a sky-blue circle.

Eighth-round pick Jesús Bernárdez drills six hits out of the Valerososincluding one of his three doubles and driving in four teammates. Unfortunately, while scoring his only run of the game, his sprained knee sends him into the catcher, fracturing his foot and putting him out of action for four weeks.

The logo of the Metropolitanos de San Juan: a red SJ in thick sans-serif font, bordered in white on a navy circle bordered in white-red-white.

Third baseman Leo Hernández is told that, after all, his courageous slide under a fielder’s tag did result in a broken hand. He will be out for two months.

 

april 13th

The logo of the Artesanos de Las Piedras: a cursive dark green "LP" on a dark blue circle, bordered in silver-green-silver.

vs. Artesanos

Once again, there is no record of this game apart from the final score.

Artesanos win, 8-4. Ingenieros: 2-9.

around the league

The logo of the Toritos de Cayey: a silver "C" with a black and then a white border on a red circle crisscrossed with gray, bordered in gray-black-gray concentric circles.

For the Mogotesthe only luck they have with first baseman Jorge Verastegui is that he doesn’t manage seven hits. In six, he hits two doubles, drives in a teammate, and scores four times himself.

The logo of the Navegadores de Naguabo: a gold "N" set off against a diamond pattern of sapphire blue and black, bordered in navy-gold-navy.

Right fielder Esteban Moreno, despite a somewhat disappointing season, rakes five hits against the Rebeldeshitting two doubles, driving in four teammates and coming home five times.

The logo of the Marcianos de Lajas: a green "L" where the bottom is triangular, bordered in yellow, on a black circle bordered by a thin yellow line and a thicker green one.

Second baseman Santiago Alcívar made the wrong choice two days ago and took the full brunt of an infielder’s charge. Starting today, he’ll be out for nine months with a torn labrum.

 

april 14th

The logo of the Cariduros de Fajardo: a saffron "F" on a steel circle bordered in black-saffron-steel.

at Cariduros

In the top of the sixth, with the Ingenieros down 6-4, Alfredo Vargas sends a ball screaming into center field to clear the bases and take the lead. Rincón never looks back.

Ingenieros win, 15-8. Ingenieros: 3-9.

around the league

The logo of the Lobos de Arecibo: a white "A" against a red circle with narrow black vertical lines, bordered in black and then gold.

José Vilella has been a defensive replacement a couple of times when he finally gets his first at-bat. He’s immediately hit by a wild pitch, and in trying to defend himself against the ball, breaks a finger, sending him out of action for seven weeks.

The logo of the Vaqueros de Bayamón: a navy blue B bordered in black against a golden circle streaked with small black lines, bordered in navy.

Alfredo Griego is the very model of the 1870s shortstop: he can’t field worth a damn, but he can hit and steal. Doing the latter, his hand lands under a second baseman’s shoe, breaking his thumb. He will be out five weeks.

 

The logo of the Taínos de Gurabo: a simple black "G" on a red circle bordered in orange.

april 15th
vs. Taínos

1

Third baseman Marco Ramos hits a two-run double off Domingo Quezada.

The Ingenieros answer in their own frame, including an RBI single from Alfredo Vargas.

Tie game, 3-3.

2-3

Vargas singles in the third and comes home on Noyola’s bat. He’s the only run that scores that inning.

Taínos lead, 6-4.

4

The Taínos, sparked by right fielder Jesús Zamora‘s two-RBI single, take the lead decisively with one hell of a rally inning. Zamora will end the game with a 5-5 line, including a triple, scoring three runs, and driving in four.

The Ingenieros, once again, score only the one run.

Taínos lead, 13-5.

5-6

After a second big inning, the Taínos catch their breath.

They’ve lapped the Ingenieros.

Taínos lead, 18-9.

7-8

Rincón’s bats, with Vargas leading the way, are waking up, but despite holding the Taínos scoreless since the fifth, they can’t seem to get the offense moving for more than brief bursts.

It’s worth noting that the reliever who blanks the Taínos during most of this game, Miguel Lugo, is a second baseman by trade. 

Taínos lead, 18-14.

9

When Juan González comes up to bat, he’s got Vargas (who is now 5-6 with a double, a run batted in and three scored) on third, Mauricio Noyola on second, and Jorge Parra on first. It’s the fourth at-bat of the inning, and so far things are going very, very well for Rincón.

González tries for another home run, but he doesn’t quite get enough of the ball for it to leave the park.

At least he manages the next best thing.

Taínos lead, 18-17.

One at-bat later, Pascual Crespo, just back from his injury, drives in González, the rattle of his knees practically audible from the Rincón bench.

Tie game, 18-18.

Efraín Rodríguez flies out, though not before letting Crespo steal second and advance on a wild pitch, and when Omar Contreras comes up with a chance to be the hero, his 3-6 line is too scary for the Taínos. Luis Nicolás issues a walk.

It makes sense: the next batter is the pitcher Lugo, who has yet to put the ball in play in this game.

Unfortunately for Nicolás, Lugo never gets to swing his bat. His first pitch gets completely away from him, and as catcher Alfredo Zavala tries desperately to dig the ball out of the dirt behind him, Crespo fades into a sprint for home plate, nearly bowling over his teammate in the process.

Zavala’s throw is on target, but by then, the Rincón benches are mobbing their left fielder, who has just scored on a passed ball.

F

Ingenieros win, 19-18. Ingenieros: 4-9.

around the league

The logo of the Maratonistas de Coamo: a pale golden "C" in thick block type on a white circle bordered in pale gold, black, and pale gold again.

Much more surprisingly, Rodolfo Román—who has proven exceedingly resistant to finishing his starts—goes the distance to shut out the Combatientes on a single hit.

The logo of the Tortugas de Culebra: a light aquamarine "C" on a gold circle with a shell pattern in black, bordered in black and aquamarine.

Left fielder Víctor Cital goes 5-7 against the Santos, all on singles, scoring five times and driving in another four. His teammates don’t disappoint, either—an unknown one drives in seven runs in the same game.

The logo of the Poetas de Toa Alta: "TA" in black Gothic font, bordered in white, on a purple glossy circle bordered in black-gold-black.

In the middle of an iffy first season, first-round pick Eduardo Hernández manages to shut out the Gallitos on five hits.

The logo of the Atléticos de San Germán: a black "SG" in Gothic type on a pink circle bordered in white and then black.

First-round pick Jordán Peña, who’s been starting nearly every game, finally becomes the first known casualty of pitcher fatigue. He will be out four weeks with what is later known as a separated shoulder.

 

april 16th

The logo of the Criollos de Caguas: black "CC" in bold serif type, bordered in white, on a gold circle with very faint black patterning, bordered in black.

at Criollos

Once again, there is no record of this game except for the final score.

Ingenieros win, 5-3. Ingenieros: 5-9.

around the league

The logo of the Tiburones de Aguadilla: A navy-blue "A" with weird irregular stylings in blue, against a yellow circle pockmarked with navy dots, bordered in blue and then navy.

It’s the Potros’ turn to suffer—third baseman Roberto Mendieta goes 5-5 against them with a double, making it back home twice.

The logo of the Chupacabras de Canóvanas: gold "CC" letters in thick type, bordered in white, on top of a black circle striped thoroughly with purple, bordered with purple, blue, and purple.

Shortstop César Hernández usually leaves the batting heroics to his teammates, but today he lights up the board in a 5-6 line with a double against the Valerosos, scoring three and driving in four.

The logo of the Brujos de Guayama: a very light blue "G" in cursive on a dark purple circle, bordered in that very light blue.

Against the Amigos, right fielder Jesús Partida puts in a rare 5-7 performance, hitting a double, driving in four teammates, and scoring four himself.

The logo of the Caciques de Orocovis: a gold, wide O bordered in black and white on a dark green circle, which itself is bordered in gold and brown.

Left fielder Ramiro Rodríguez shows off his rookie power as he goes 5-6 against the Navegadorestagging them for a double, two runs, and driving in two teammates.

The logo of the Poetas de Toa Alta: "TA" in black Gothic font, bordered in white, on a purple glossy circle bordered in black-gold-black.

It happens again—Héctor Sánchez strikes out a Patrullero this time, and at least four reach base safely, but none of them score.

The logo of the Cañeros de Vega Baja: navy "VB" in athletic font bordered in white, on a red circle bordered in light blue, white, and light blue.

The plague of inexplicably fractured baserunner fingers continues, this time for third baseman Javier Martínez, who will miss six weeks.

 

 

 

Venegas sabía que sus hombres estaban inquietos.

No decían mucho, pero desde que los Cariduros habían ganado su último juego y dejado a los Ingenieros solos en el sótano, su mal humor tenía una profundidad inexpresible.

Hugo Moreno, que además de receptor secundario servía de entrenador defensivo, trataba de apaciguar a sus colegas con sabiduría que ni tenía ni podía fabricar. Ni escucharon mucho cuando Efraín Rodríguez, que sí era el anciano del equipo, les decía que era sólo mala suerte.

A fin de cuentas, había jugado tanta pelota como ellos: ninguna. Quezada se deleitaba con cucarlo en los viajes, y quizás lo hubiera logrado si no le pareciera a sus colegas la causa de sus peores actuaciones.

Venegas sólo quería calmarlos. Era su responsabilidad, y aunque muchos de sus hombres sin duda estuvieron en el ejército—¿adónde más hubieran aprendido el juego?—él era el único en el banco de Rincón con más decoración que el uniforme harapiento del Ejército de Liberación.

Al verlo nadie lo pensaría, pero Venegas, a pesar de su cuerpo delgado y los ojos caídos que sugirían agotamiento, había tenido dignidad de sargento, aunque sólo por el ascenso que el general Rojas le había proporcionado a todos sus soldados después de escaparse del combate en Yauco sin morir, que hubiera sido la única consecuencia de la emboscada.

Pasó el resto de la guerra en Mayagüez, la capital revolucionaria, impresionando a los dignatarios con su altura, que supuestamente llegaba a seis pies y medio, y con su uniforme limpio, y sin estar a cargo de soldados, cargo del que se mantendría inocente hasta que el patrocinador de Rincón, quien lo había conocido en esos años, le pidió ayudar a formar el equipo.

Venegas cedió, y aunque sentía obvio el cuidado que le tenía a los hombres en su cargo, no les había convencido de su habilidad como dirigente.

En más o menos una semana, cumpliría los cincuenta y un años, y se preguntaba si esta destreza había llego demasiado tardía para poder aprenderla.

10 de abril

The logo of the Próceres de Barranquitas: a very fancy white "B" on a purple circle bordered in black-gold-black.

en Barranquitas

Después de su dichosa semana, los Ingenieros están tan desalentados que ni se animan cuando el campocorto Omar Contreras remolca con un triangular y cruza el cajón.

Cuando el inicialista Mauricio Noyola los lleva a 5-0 con un raro doblete en la tercera alta, el aplauso del banco sigue escaso.

Barranquitas llega a dos carreras en la sexta baja. El guardabosque izquierdo Pascual Crespo se tuerce el brazo en un tiro, y cuando Rincón no logra apuntar después de la quinta, llegan a la novena baja esperando un imparable ganador.

Los Próceres sí logran anotar una, pero cuando el banco ve el último bombo caer en el guante de Víctor Nieves, no saben qué decir.

Pero Venegas  tiene que hablar, porque el gacetero disponible le pregunta cómo se siente. Le toma tiempo encontrar las palabras.

“Sabes, al final del día, lo que importa es quién anota más carreras.”

Así comienza la preciada tradición de dirigentes de pelota, sorprendidos en el momento, diciendo absolutamente nada.

Ingenieros ganan (finalmente), 6-5. Ingenieros: 1-7.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Murciélagos de Camuy: a teal "C" in italic athletic block type bordered in white, on a purple circle with black patterning, bordered in black.

A cambio, el versátil Carlos Montano, pasando una temporada olvidable, aguanta a los Navegadores con dos imparables sin carreras, y es el primer lanzador en ponchar durante una blanqueada.

The logo of the Valerosos de Ciales: a cursive purple "V" on a gold circcle with black diagonal lines, bordered in black and purple.

Aparece de nuevo el guardabosque derecho Jesús Zeledón, saliendo 5-for-7 contra las  Palomas con un biangular, remolcando cuatro y anotando seis.

The logo of the Capitanes de Mayagüez: a red "M" on a navy circle bordered in red.

Cuando Juan Salgado termina contra los Vejigantes, los ha blanqueado con seis imparables—pero también es el primer lanzador en otorgar base durante una blanqueada.

The logo of the Arzobispos de Aguada: orange "AA" in a bold font bordered in white on a black circle with blue speckling, bordered in orange.

El guardabosque izquierdo Santos Hernández se desgarra la corva deslizándose a segunda base. Queda lesionado por seis semanas.

The logo of the Cotorras de Río Grande: a bright red "R" in quirky type bordered in black and yellow on a green circle bordered in orange-yellow-orange.

El intermedista Diego Alcaraz logra fracturarse el dedo corriendo entre bases. Estará lesionado por cuatro semanas, o el resto de la temporada.

 

11 de abril

The logo of the Vejigantes de Loíza: a big purple "L" bordered in gold on a black circle, bordered in purple.

contra Vejigantes

Después de doble donas en la primera, el campocorto de Loíza Héctor Gárnica le mete un triple con dos carreras a Domingo Quezada.

Los Ingenieros, empezando por Mauricio Noyola, anotan tres . . . y ven a los Vejigantes apuntar tres más cuando el cuadro de Rincón se le vuelve a olvidar cómo se juega defensa.

El receptor Juan González decide ahorrarse un dolor de rodillas y empata el juego con un bambinazo de dos carreras que se arquea por encima de la cerca derecha.

Quezada blanquea a Loíza, y en la quinta baja, los Ingenieros llenan la casa cuando Alfredo Vargas llega por pifia, le otorgan base a Omar Contreras, y Víctor Nieves mete un sencillo.

Ninguno de los dos equipos se cree lo que pasa. El imparable de Jesús Cepeda impulsa a Vargas, y despues de un bombo de Noyola, Jorge Parra, González, y Domingo Quezada—el lanzador de Rincón—batean tres sencillos con impulso, sacando a Fernando Sánchez del montículo.

Ricardo Castorena lo sucede y Efraín Rodríguez le da la bienvenida con una línea que el guardabosque derecho deja caer, anotando a Parra y González. Quezada entra luego cuando, por segunda vez, Vargas llega por pifia de Gárnica.

Contreras se queda en el cajón mientras Rodríguez anota en un tiro malo y Vargas llega hasta tercera, y entonces se sacrifica para impulsar a Vargas.

Es una entrada de nueve carreras, y aunque los Vejigantes logran anotar, el juego se acabó.

Ingenieros ganan, 17-7. Ingenieros: 2-7.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Cariduros de Fajardo: a saffron "F" on a steel circle bordered in black-saffron-steel.

En el mismo juego que un colega monta marca de Liga Hostos con cinco carreras anotadas, el receptor Carlos Flores se destruye el músculo oblicuo tratando de fusilar a un corredor. Queda lesionado por seis semanas.

The logo of the Atléticos de San Germán: a black "SG" in Gothic type on a pink circle bordered in white and then black.

El relevo Jesús López va a prepararse y descubre que le duele virar la muñeca. Después de dos títulos decentes, está lesionado por ocho meses.

 

12 de abril

The logo of the Azucareros de Yabucoa: a lowercase "y" in black, bordered in orange, on a yellow circle, bordered in orange and then green.

en Yabucoa

Por un lado, Pascual Crespo se apodera de una línea y la lanza inmediatamente hacia Hugo Moreno en el casón para una doble matanza 7-2—exactamente el tipo de defensa que Rincón no hace.

Por el otro, en la cuestión de defensa que Rincón hace, Efraín Rodríguez le cuesta bastantes carreras a los Ingenieros, sea por tardarse tanto que se enmantequilla en el centro, luego por intentar tirarse de cabeza y completamente evade la bola que rastreaba.

Azucareros ganan, 9-7. Ingenieros: 2-8.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Mulos de Aguas Buenas: a thick red "A" bordered in white on a black circle streaked with white spots, bordered in white-red-white.

El guardabosque izquierdo Omar Martínez, cuya temporada de novato es muy distinta, logra una línea de 5-6 contra los Corsos, incluyendo dos de sus 11 biangulares, anotando tres y remolcando cinco.

The logo of the Guardacostas de Cataño: a black C, bordered in white and then gold, on a sky-blue circle.

Jesús Bernárdez, seleccionado en la octava ronda, le mete seis a los Valerosos, incluyendo un doblete, e impulsa a cuatro colegas. Tristemente, cuando intenta anotar, su rodilla torcida lo choca contra el receptor. Se fractura el pie, sacándolo por cuatro semanas.

The logo of the Maratonistas de Coamo: a pale golden "C" in thick block type on a white circle bordered in pale gold, black, and pale gold again.

El guardabosque central Gil Avelar, ya el líder de la Liga Betances en promedio de base, arremete contra los Pescadores con cinco imparables, un doblete, una anotada y una impulsada. 

The logo of the Metropolitanos de San Juan: a red SJ in thick sans-serif font, bordered in white on a navy circle bordered in white-red-white.

Le dicen al antesalista Leo Hernández que, a fin de cuentas, se rompió la mano pasándose bajo el toque de un adversario. Queda lesionado por dos meses.

 

13 de abril

The logo of the Artesanos de Las Piedras: a cursive dark green "LP" on a dark blue circle, bordered in silver-green-silver.

contra Artesanos

De este juego no hay informe, fuera de la puntuación final.

Artesanos ganan, 8-4. Ingenieros: 2-9.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Toritos de Cayey: a silver "C" with a black and then a white border on a red circle crisscrossed with gray, bordered in gray-black-gray concentric circles.

La única suerte que tienen los Mogotes con el antesalista Jorge Verastegui es que no logra siete imparables. En seis, mete dos dobletes, remolca un colega, y anota cuatro.

The logo of the Navegadores de Naguabo: a gold "N" set off against a diamond pattern of sapphire blue and black, bordered in navy-gold-navy.

Aunque la temporada de Esteban Moreno va mal, el guardabosque derecho le barre cinco veces  contra los Rebeldescon dos dobletes, impulsando cuatro y anotando cinco.

The logo of the Marcianos de Lajas: a green "L" where the bottom is triangular, bordered in yellow, on a black circle bordered by a thin yellow line and a thicker green one.

Cuando el intermedista Santiago Alcívar escogió embestirse contra un cuadrista, hizo mal. Queda lesionado por nueve meses con un labrum desgarrado.

 

14 de abril

The logo of the Cariduros de Fajardo: a saffron "F" on a steel circle bordered in black-saffron-steel.

en Fajardo

En la sexta alta, con los Ingenieros atrás 6 a 4, Alfredo Vargas limpia las bases y toma la ventaja con un imparable al centro. Cambia el juego entero.

Ingenieros ganan, 15-8. Ingenieros: 3-9.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Lobos de Arecibo: a white "A" against a red circle with narrow black vertical lines, bordered in black and then gold.

José Vilella ya tiene tiempo como defensor cuando recibe su primero turno al bate. Inmediatemente se fractura un dedo tratando de defenderse de un tiro descontrolado, sacándolo del juego por siete semanas.

The logo of the Vaqueros de Bayamón: a navy blue B bordered in black against a golden circle streaked with small black lines, bordered in navy.

Alfredo Griego es un campocorto ejemplar de la década: no sabe defender, pero sí batear y robar bases, durante lo cual su mano cae debajo del zapato de un intermedista, rompiéndole el pulgar. Queda lesionado cinco semanas.

 

The logo of the Taínos de Gurabo: a simple black "G" on a red circle bordered in orange.

15 de abril
contra Taínos

1

El antesalista Marco Ramos le regala un doblete con remolque a Domingo Quezada.

Los Ingenieros contestan, incluyendo un sencillo con impulso de Alfredo Vargas.

Empate, 3-3.

2-3

Vargas dispara un sencillo en la tercera y Noyola lo anota. Es la única carrera de esa entrada.

Taínos adelante, 6-4.

4

Los Taínos toman ventaja decisiva detrás del imparable con dos carreras de Jesús Zamora. Zamora termina el juego 5-5, con un triple, tres anotadas, y cuatro impulsadas.

Los Ingenieros, de nuevo, logran sólo una carrera.

Taínos adelante, 13-5.

5-6

Después de otra entrada excelente, los Taínos se toman un respiro.

Han doblado a los Ingenieros.

Taínos adelante, 18-9.

7-8

Aunque los bates de Rincón, especialmente Vargas, se van despertando, y logran blanquear a los Taínos, no logran más que ataques breves y explosivos.

Vale la pena notar que Miguel Lugo, el relevo que dejó a los Taínos con tantas donas, normalmente sirve de intermedista. 

Taínos adelante, 18-14.

9

Cuando Juan González viene al cajón, Vargas (quien va por 5-6 con un doblete, carrera impulsada y tres anotadas) en la antesala, Mauricio Noyola en la intermedia, and Jorge Parra en la inicial. Es el cuarto turno de la entrada, y para Rincón las cosas van bien.

González intenta disparar otro bambinazo, pero esta vez no pasa de la cerca.

No importa, porque lo que logra vale casi lo mismo.

Taínos adelante, 18-17.

Pascual Crespo, acabado de volver de su lesión, impulsa a González, cuyas rodillas aúllan tanto que casi las oyen los otros Ingenieros.

Empate, 18-18.

Después de darle oportunidad a Crespo para robarse segunda y avanzar por tiro malo, Efraín Rodríguez se va de bombo. Cuando Omar Contreras entra con oportunidad heroica, su línea 3-6 le da tanto miedo a Luis Nicolás que le otorgan la primera.

Tiene sentido: el próximo bateador, el lanzador Miguel Lugo, sigue sin llegar a base.

Aquí la tragedia de Nicolás: Lugo nunca llega a cruzar el bate. El primer tiro del Taíno se le va completamente, y mientras el receptor desesperado Alfredo Zavala trata de separar la bola de la tierra detrás del cajón, Crespo casi tumba a su colega cuando se va a pique total.

Cuando el tiro de Zavala llega al plato, desaparece entre los Ingenieros que abrazan a su guardabosque izquierdo, quien acaba de anotar por bola pasada.

F

Ingenieros ganan, 19-18. Ingenieros: 4-9.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Maratonistas de Coamo: a pale golden "C" in thick block type on a white circle bordered in pale gold, black, and pale gold again.

Más sorprendente es que Rodolfo Román, quien rara vez logra terminar sus títulos, llega al final para blanquear los Combatientes con sólo un indiscutible.

The logo of the Tortugas de Culebra: a light aquamarine "C" on a gold circle with a shell pattern in black, bordered in black and aquamarine.

El guardabosque izquierdo Víctor Cital sale con 5-7 contra los Santos, anotando cinco e impulsando cuatro. Sus colegas tampoco decepcionan—un desconocido remolca siete carreras en el mismo juego.

The logo of the Poetas de Toa Alta: "TA" in black Gothic font, bordered in white, on a purple glossy circle bordered in black-gold-black.

En su dudosa primera temporada, la selección de primera ronda Eduardo Hernández logra blanquear a los Gallitos con cinco imparables.

The logo of the Atléticos de San Germán: a black "SG" in Gothic type on a pink circle bordered in white and then black.

Jordán Peña, la selección de primera ronda quien ha titulado casi cada partido, finalmente es la primera víctima de fatiga lanzadora. Queda lesionado cuatro semanas con lo que luego es conocido como un hombro separado.

 

16 de abril

The logo of the Criollos de Caguas: black "CC" in bold serif type, bordered in white, on a gold circle with very faint black patterning, bordered in black.

at Criollos

De este juego no hay informe, fuera de la puntuación final.

Ingenieros ganan, 5-3. Ingenieros: 5-9.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Tiburones de Aguadilla: A navy-blue "A" with weird irregular stylings in blue, against a yellow circle pockmarked with navy dots, bordered in blue and then navy.

Pasa contra los Potros esta vez—el antesalista Roberto Mendieta sale 5-5 contra ellos con un biangular, llegando al cajón dos veces.

The logo of the Chupacabras de Canóvanas: gold "CC" letters in thick type, bordered in white, on top of a black circle striped thoroughly with purple, bordered with purple, blue, and purple.

El campocorto César Hernández no es usualmente el héroe, pero hoy ataca 5-6 con un doble contra los Valerosos, anotando tres y remolcando cuatro.

The logo of the Brujos de Guayama: a very light blue "G" in cursive on a dark purple circle, bordered in that very light blue.

Contra los Amigos, el guardabosque derecho Jesús Partida logra una actuación 5-7 con un doblete, impulsando cuatro y anotando cuatro más.

The logo of the Caciques de Orocovis: a gold, wide O bordered in black and white on a dark green circle, which itself is bordered in gold and brown.

El guardabosque izquierdo Ramiro Rodríguez, aunque novato, sale 5-6 con un biangular contra los Navegadoresimpulsando dos colegas y anotando dos más.

The logo of the Poetas de Toa Alta: "TA" in black Gothic font, bordered in white, on a purple glossy circle bordered in black-gold-black.

Ocurre de nuevo—Héctor Sánchez poncha un Patrullero, y aunque por lo menos cuatro llegan a primera base, ninguno anota.

The logo of the Cañeros de Vega Baja: navy "VB" in athletic font bordered in white, on a red circle bordered in light blue, white, and light blue.

Sigue la epidemia de dedos de corredores inexplicablemente fracturados, esta vez con el antesalista Javier Martínez, quien queda lesionado por seis semanas.

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