1871: Week 3 / Semana III

Rare was the fan of Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña baseball who knew how anyone other than their local outfit was doing in 1871, when the Gaceta was a wholly internal publication that devoted most of its narrow space to minutiae interesting only to league executives and team officials, with the team standings compressed into a small corner of the last page.

To be fair, rare was the fan of Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña baseball in 1871, full stop.

And yet, if there was an especially fortunate portion of that community, it was the fans of the northwest—a region defined by the La Milicia railroad that sprouted from Mayagüez and crossed Añasco and Moca to arrive in Aguadilla before turning as far east as Arecibo, branching off along the way to San Sebastián in the south, and in the west, Aguada and, of course, Rincón—who were better informed than their equivalents in the other seventy municipalities of the island.

Unlike them, these blessed fans could count on the tireless services of the Nuevas norteñas, a biweekly paper out of Aguadilla, and more specifically editor Braulio Téllez Ochoa, whose “Ahí en la lucha” columns often included notes like:

How can the illustrious ministers of the Republic be faulted for doubting the commitment of a citizenry that appears, even now, ready to return to the mercy of the Crown which it has not even finally rejected?

And yet, take heart, brothers. If I am being informed correctly and the team from Rincón has finally won a game, perhaps impossible things are yet to be achieved on our beautiful island. (from April 11, 1871)

By the third week of the season—when Téllez Ochoa found himself stuck in Moca after an interview ran late, and caught a Rebeldes game the next day before returning to the offices—the Nuevas, as most of its readers came to know it, ran scores and standings for the four divisions within its catchment.

In fact, it may well have been the first Puerto Rican newspaper to employ a baseball reporter, although whoever received the job was more of a compiler than a journalist.

For the Ingenieros, entering their third week as a baseball team, the latest Nuevas had nothing but encouraging words from Téllez Ochoa:

I do not yet despair of our noble crusade, for the same spirit animates me that moves President Rojas to seek a peaceful resolution with the Spaniards, so that they will quit our shores; the same spirit that moved the Honorable Francisco Ramírez Medina to stand aside when the time arrived to allow men of greater ability to lead; the same spirit that, after such a run of disappointment, appears to have brought the Rincón side to three remarkable successive victories.

These successes are not reached by being timid or selfish, as we all have reason now to know. I have said enough. (from April 16, 1871)

april 17th

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.

vs. Vaqueros 

When Venegas sees the final score, he forces the almanaquero to do the calculations again, even though he knows there is no way they’re incorrect.

Many of the league’s other teams, even now, consider a four-win streak unremarkable.

The Ingenieros, according to a note in Venegas’ journal, put “half a man’s pay” into rum. 

Ingenieros win, 12-1. Ingenieros: 6-9.

around the league

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.The logo of the Mogotes de Florida: a red "F" bordered in black on a green circle, bordered in yellow and red.The logo of the Valencianos de Juncos: a brown "J" in flowery cursive on an orange circle, bordered in brown.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.The logo of the Potros de Santa Isabel: a black "SI" in block type bordered in gold, on an orange circle bordered in blue.

When asked by the gaceteros, five teams—the Vaqueros, Mogotes, Valencianos, Marcianos and Potros—declare they will completely change their approach for the next season.

More than three fifths of the season remain to be played.

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.

Three days ago, left fielder José Martínez felt his elbow pop when he tried to throw a runner out at home. Today, he finds out he’ll be out of action for six months.

The logo of the Picudos de Ceiba: a "C" in white offset type, bordered in black and then gold, on a blue circle speckled with darker blue, bordered in black and then green.

Right fielder Ismael Arriaga dives for a spectacular catch—and strains his back in the valiant effort. He will be out for four weeks.

 

april 18th

The logo of the Polluelos de Aibonito: a lowercase serif "a" in orange, bordered in black, on a blue circle bordered in black, then orange, then black.

at Polluelos

The hangover is perhaps a large factor—the ride to Aibonito is neither short nor easy—but whatever surge powered the Ingenieros yesterday is gone today.

Polluelos win, 5-2. Ingenieros: 6-10.

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.

In his one decent offensive performance of the season, second baseman Alberto Gonzales goes 5-6 against the Arzobisposdriving in three and scoring once.

The logo of the Ganaderos de Hatillo: a capital "H" in light blue West/playbill font, bordered in black and gold, on a white circle bordered in red and then black.

Third baseman Alberto Pérez finds out his dead-sprint run three days ago is the source of the back pain he’s had since. He’s out for five weeks.

The logo of the Changos de Naranjito: an orange "N" in an italicized font bordered in white and black, on a purple circle bordered in black and orange.

Efraín Padilla knew catching was dangerous, but what sends him home for six months is getting hit so hard by a pitch that, according to the team doctor, he can’t even abide sunlight.

The logo of the Petroleros de Peñuelas: navy and gold "PP" letters in modern type, bordered in white, on a black circle bordered in navy, white and navy again.

Right fielder Carlos Cisneros, better known for his defense, goes 5-7 against the Chupacabrasbringing three teammates home on top of the four runs he scores himself.

 

april 19th

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.

vs. Brujos

The Brujos are the second-oldest team in the entire Liga Nacional—and perhaps, if this were another year, it would matter.

In the wild days of 1871, however, 34-year-old second baseman Alejandro Guardado, easily the Guayama side’s offensive standout, goes up to bat six times. He only manages three singles, but he drives in teammates each time, on top of scoring four runs of his own, and even steals a base.

Catcher Israel Hernández, having a ridiculous offensive season for a 41-year-old catcher, hits one of his three league-leading home runs in this game (fittingly, with Guardado on base), along with a double and two more hits. He himself scores only three times, but he’s responsible for six runs crossing the plate.

Jesús Partida, who is 32 and no one’s idea of a hitting outfielder, only manages two hits over his six at-bats. Though he drives in only the one run, the dispirited Rincón pitching enables him to cross the plate four times.

The Ingenieros, who last week refused to surrender against a very similar onslaught by the Taínossimply can’t take it anymore.

Brujos win, 20-7. Ingenieros: 6-11.

 

april 20th

The logo of the Marineros de Barceloneta: a golden B in stencil type on a circle of blue and navy in alternating horizontal stripes, bordered in blue and then gold.

at Marineros

Nor can they the day after, when Barceloneta’s center fielder Rubén “El Tahúr” Mendoza—another of the weird first-round picks from La Selección—leads their offense to a thorough romp on the four pitchers the Ingenieros send against them.

After the game, the players barely have the strength to shake hands with the Marineros. Venegas springs for a few carts to drive them out of town. It’s most of the gate receipts for the day, but what choice does he have?

Marineros win, 11-1. Ingenieros: 6-12.

around the league

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

If right fielder Víctor Herrera needed something to justify his fifth-round pick, he’s got it today. He scores three runs and bats in four off the Tortugas staff by becoming the first player in Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña history to hit for the cycle.

The logo of the Piratas de Quebradillas: a blue "P" in ragged, map-like font, on a white circle with brick patterns in black, bordered by blue and then brown.

Today, the Amigos are unable to solve late-rounder third baseman Carlos Padilla, who goes 5-5 against them, including two doubles, scoring twice on top of advancing four runs.

 

april 21st

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

vs. Atléticos

Though Venegas’ men slept through the night, they did so on hard, uneven wood, and every lethargic throw confirms it. Ultimately, it is an absolute miracle that none of them is injured.

Infielder Fernando Corte, working from second base, hits twice, drives in a teammate, and swipes two bases. According to Venegas, he reaches base multiple times on bad throws, which is how he manages to score four runs.

Four more runs come courtesy of centerfielder Gil Olivas, who bats his way onto base twice—but in a year where pitchers rarely awarded free bases, gets on twice more via Édgar Moreno’s fluctuating control. He scores every time, and drives in a teammate to boot.

Four runs are also the total of the Rincón offense.

Atléticos win, 22-4. Ingenieros: 6-13.

around the league

The logo of the Picudos de Ceiba: a "C" in white offset type, bordered in black and then gold, on a blue circle speckled with darker blue, bordered in black and then green.

The Bucaneros have successfully scared plenty of pitchers, but not Celestino Rubio, who strikes out a Buca and holds the team to two hits, no runs.

The logo of the Palomas de Cidra: a dark brown "C" in copperplate font, bordered in paler brown, on a red circle gridded with more of the brown, bordered in coffee brown.

Center fielder Antonio Tafolla knows well he’s his team’s offensive standout, and proves it by going 5-6 with two doubles against the Cañerosdriving in three teammates and scoring five runs.

The logo of the Eléctricos de Guayanilla: a bold red "G" in square type on a yellow circle bordered in red.

Despite still suffering from a vision blur, left fielder Manuel Ramírez hits 5-6 against the Potrosincluding two doubles, a triple, scoring four times and helping five of his teammates come home.

The logo of the Petateros de Sabana Grande: a teal "SG" in athletic script, bordered in black and then yellow, on a purple circle studded with teal dots, bordered in teal-white-teal.

Fourth-rounder third baseman Héctor Chávez attacks the Fundadores to a 5-6 tuneadding two doubles, two scores, and four RsBI to his total. 

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.

The Chupacabras suffer a similar offensive explosion from first baseman Hugo Morelos, whose 5-6 line includes two doubles and his only triple of the year, allowing him to bring three teammates in and score five runs of his own.

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.

While attempting to slide, third baseman José Cisneros suddenly finds himself in pain and unable to straighten his knee fully, which puts him out of the game for four weeks.

 

april 22nd

The logo of the Amigos de Guánica: a gold "G" with a deep angled bottom corner, bordered in black on a circle of light blue, bordered itself in black, pink, and black again.

vs. Amigos

It’s an ugly game.

The Ingenieros, refreshed from a night in their own beds, take full advantage of Guánica’s Miguel Correa‘s tendency to throw wild to score more than one run without using their bats.

Unfortunately, that restoration does not extend to Domingo Quezada, who himself uncorks several pitches wide of the mark, allowing the Amigos to keep it close well into the late innings.

Ingenieros win, 11-10. Ingenieros: 7-13.

around the league

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.

Poor Santiago Saucedo. After being chosen with the twelfth overall pick, he starts twelve of his team’s first sixteen games before his 38 years catch up with him, in the form of pain in his midriff.

Over the coach’s advice, he pitches a day later, swearing he feels better, and finishes the game barely able to walk back to the bench.

A day after that, he can barely move without pain. He will be out for four weeks.

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.

Here we go again—Héctor Sánchez pitches his third and final shutout of the year to lead the entire league, striking out a single Prócer on the way.

The logo of the Esqueletos de Vieques: a narrow red "V" bordered in white and then black, on a purple circle where every other pixel is in black, bordered with black-red-black.

While right fielder Alfonso Hernández doesn’t bat in a teammate against the Cariduroshe manages to score five times over his 5-5 effort, which includes three doubles and a triple.

 

april 23rd

The logo of the Piratas de Quebradillas: a blue "P" in ragged, map-like font, on a white circle with brick patterns in black, bordered by blue and then brown.

vs. Piratas

That morning, at batting practice, two nights of home rest appear to have completely renewed the fighting spirit in Rincón’s lineup. Omar Contreras, in particular, makes a big show out of retrieving the three balls he deposits over the fence in right field.

A few hours later, Venegas finds himself wondering where all of that went, as Quebradillas’ Alejandro Sánchez slices through his lineup with close to no effort.

The Piratas, who will spend the entire season punishing every mistake their opponents make, continue that proud tradition here.

After the game, Venegas catches sight of a young gacetero, his city clothes a bit rumpled from an obviously long trip, talking to, of all people, the Migueles—Leal and Lugo, his two “relievers.”

He does not bother to introduce himself, which Venegas would probably consider rude, if he did not increasingly think he has nothing interesting to say on the matter.  

Piratas win, 9-3. Ingenieros: 7-14.

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.

It’s very strange to manage a 5-5 performance and score twice without a single run batted in, but first baseman Ramón García does it against the Eléctricosperhaps because he only manages one double.

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

By contrast, Antonio Rojas is all about his teammates—when he goes 5-7 against the Tortugas with a triple and a home run, he only scores three times, but he sets a Liga Hostos record by driving in an unbelievable nine teammates.

Not bad for a backup left fielder.

The logo of the Mogotes de Florida: a red "F" bordered in black on a green circle, bordered in yellow and red.

Sergio Hernández is a surprising package at first base: he can field and hit well, as he does today by going 5-7 against the Plataneros, including two doubles, scoring four and driving in a single run.

 

 

Raro era el fanático de la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña que, en el 1871, podía hablar sobre otro equipo que su cuadrilla local. La Gaceta era una revista completamente interna que se dedicaba a minucias de interés sólo para ejecutivos de equipos y la liga, y sólo en la última página aparecían los puestos divisionales.

En realidad, raro era el fanático de la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña en 1871, y punto.

Y sin embargo, si había una porción de esa comunidad especialmente afortunada, eran lxs fanáticxs del noroeste—región que entonces se definía por el ferrocarril La Milicia, que brotaba desde Mayagüez y cruzaba por Añasco y Moca para llegar en Aguadilla antes de virar al este hacia Arecibo, dividiéndose en el sur hasta San Sebastián y en el oeste por Aguada y, finalmente llegaba, claro está, en Rincón—quienes se podían informar mejor que sus equivalentes en los otros setenta municipios.

Estxs dichosxs entusiastas contaban con los incansables servicios de las Nuevas norteñas, un periódico aguadillano que se publicaba dos veces por semana, y más específicamente con Braulio Téllez Ochoa, editor del mismo, cuyas columnas tituladas “Ahí en la lucha” a menudo incluían referencias como la siguiente:

¿Cómo se puede faltar a los ministros ilustres de la República por dudar del compromiso de ciudadanos que hasta hoy parecen listos para volver a la protección de un reino que todavía no han rechazado decididamente?

Y sin embargo, hermanos, cojan coraje. Si lo que oigo es cierto y el equipo de Rincón ha finalmente ganado un juego, quizás quedan muchas cosas imposibles por lograr en esta isla bella. (del 11 de abril de 1871)

Para la tercera semana de la temporada, cuando Téllez Ochoa asistió a un juego de los Rebeldes antes de volver a la oficina después de una entrevista tardía—las Nuevascomo se les decía, ya llevaban puntuaciones y puestos para las cuatro divisiones dentro de su alcance.

De hecho, puede que las Nuevas fueran el primer periódico puertorriqueño en emplear un encargado de pelota, aunque esa persona fuera más recopilador que periodista.

En la tercera semana de la existencia de los Ingenieros, las Nuevas tenían sólo palabras alentadores, cortesía de Téllez Ochoa:

En nuestra campaña noble todavía no me desespero, pues me conmueve el mismo ánimo que conmueve al presidente Rojas, quien busca ahora una solución pacífica con los españoles para que se vayan pronto; el mismo ánimo que inspiró al honorable Francisco Ramírez Medina a apartarse del poder cuando llegó el turno de mejores líderes; el mismo ánimo que, después de tanta decepción, permitió que la cuadrilla de Rincón ganara tres triunfos sucesivos y convincentes.

Como bien sabemos todos, con ser tímido o egoísta no alcanzaremos el éxito que necesitamos. Basta con decir eso. (del 16 de abril de 1871)

17 de abril

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.

contra Vaqueros

Al ver el tanteo final, Venegas le pide un recálculo al almanaquero, aunque sabe que no hay manera que se haya equivocado.

Hasta en esta temporada, muchos de los otros equipos en la liga piensan que una racha de cuatro triunfos es normal.

Los Ingenieros, dice el diario de Venegas, gastan “media paga de un jugador” en palos de ron. 

Ingenieros ganan, 12-1. Ingenieros: 6-9.

el resto de la liga

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.The logo of the Mogotes de Florida: a red "F" bordered in black on a green circle, bordered in yellow and red.The logo of the Valencianos de Juncos: a brown "J" in flowery cursive on an orange circle, bordered in brown.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.The logo of the Potros de Santa Isabel: a black "SI" in block type bordered in gold, on an orange circle bordered in blue.

Cinco equipos—los Vaqueros, los Mogotes, losValencianos, los Marcianos y los Potros—declaran que cambiarán su mentalidad completamente para la próxima temporada.

Queda más de 60 por ciento de la temporada por jugar.

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.

Hace tres días que el codo del guardabosque izquierdo José Martínez se estiró cuando trataba de sacar a un corredor en el cajón. Hoy le dicen que no jugará por seis meses.

The logo of the Picudos de Ceiba: a "C" in white offset type, bordered in black and then gold, on a blue circle speckled with darker blue, bordered in black and then green.

El guardabosque derecho Ismael Arriaga se tuerce la espalda cuando se tira de cabeza para hacer una filigrana. Queda lesionado por cuatro semanas.

 

18 de abril

The logo of the Polluelos de Aibonito: a lowercase serif "a" in orange, bordered in black, on a blue circle bordered in black, then orange, then black.

en Aibonito

El viaje no es ni fácil ni corto hacia Aibonito, y entre eso y, al parecer, la resaca, desaparece la oleada de fuerza de ayer.

Polluelos ganan, 5-2. Ingenieros: 6-10.

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.

El intermedista Alberto Gonzales no es bateador de fuerza, pero hoy sale 5-6 contra los Arzobisposapuntando carrera e impulsando tres más.

The logo of the Ganaderos de Hatillo: a capital "H" in light blue West/playbill font, bordered in black and gold, on a white circle bordered in red and then black.

Resulta que el dolor de espalda del antesalista Alberto Pérez se debe a la carrera de pique que hizo hace tres días. Queda lesionado por cinco semanas.

The logo of the Changos de Naranjito: an orange "N" in an italicized font bordered in white and black, on a purple circle bordered in black and orange.

Efraín Padilla sabía que recibir tenía peligro, pero lo que lo deja en casa por seis meses es que le dan tan duro con un lanzamiento en la cabeza que, dice el doctor, ni puede ver el sol.

The logo of the Petroleros de Peñuelas: navy and gold "PP" letters in modern type, bordered in white, on a black circle bordered in navy, white and navy again.

Normalmente conocido como escoba defensiva, el guardabosque derecho Carlos Cisneros se va 5-7 contra los Chupacabrasayudando a tres colegas encima de las cuatro carreras que anota.

 

19 de abril

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 Brujos

Quizás importaría, en otra temporada, que los Brujos son el segundo equipo más viejo de la Liga Nacional.

En los caóticos días del 1871, el intermedista Alejandro Guardado, sin duda el bambino de Guayama a pesar de sus 34 años, sale a batear seis veces. Logra sólo tres sencillos, pero remolca cada vez, encima de apuntar cuatro carreras, y hasta se roba una base.

El receptor Israel Hernández, bota la bola por la primera de tres veces en este juego (con Guardado ya en base, apropiadamente), añadiéndole un doble y dos sencillos. Aunque sólo vuelve a casa tres veces, remolca seis carreras para seguir su fulgurante temporada a los 41 años.

Jesús Partida, el más joven de los héroes de Guayama con sólo 32 años y un bate bastante ligero para un guardabosque, logra dos sencillos en sus seis oportunidades. Aunque no impulsa más que una carrera, los lanzadores desalentados de Rincón le permiten cruzar el cajón cuatro veces.

La semana pasada, los Ingenieros se negaron a rendirse ante un embate similar de parte de los TaínosEsta vez no pueden más.

Brujos ganan, 20-7. Ingenieros: 6-11.

 

20 de abril

The logo of the Marineros de Barceloneta: a golden B in stencil type on a circle of blue and navy in alternating horizontal stripes, bordered in blue and then gold.

en Barceloneta

Tampoco pueden el próximo día, cuando el guardabosque central Rubén “El Tahúr” Mendoza—otra selección extraña de primera ronda—encabeza un retozo completo contra los cuatro lanzadores que desplegan los Ingenieros.

Al acabar el partido, los jugadores casi no tienen fuerza para estrechar manos con los Marineros. Venegas, sin muchas opciones, toma la mayoría del corte de entradas y paga por carros que los lleven al próximo pueblo.

Marineros ganan, 11-1. Ingenieros: 6-12.

el resto de la liga

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

Hoy, el guardabosque derecho Víctor Herrera finalmente justifica su selección de quinta ronda. Contra las Tortugas, impulsa cuatro carreras y anota tres al convertirse en el primer jugador de la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña en completar el ciclo.

The logo of the Piratas de Quebradillas: a blue "P" in ragged, map-like font, on a white circle with brick patterns in black, bordered by blue and then brown.

Los Amigos no saben cómo defenderse contra Carlos Padilla, antesalista de ronda tardía, cuya línea de 5-5 incluye dos dobletes, dos anotadas y cuatro impulsadas.

21 de abril

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

contra Atléticos

Los tiros letárgicos de los Ingenieros revelan que, aunque durmieron la noche entera, fue encima de madera dura y desigual. Por puro milagro no se lesiona ninguno.

Fernando Corte, quien hoy sirve de intermedista, logra dos sencillos, roba dos bases, e impulsa a un colega. Venegas menciona que también llega a base por errores, lo que explica por qué anotó cuatro carreras.

El guardabosque central Gil Olivas añade cuatro más, y aunque dos son con el bate, también se aprovecha del control errático de Édgar Moreno para otorgarse dos bases gratis. Anota cada vez que llega, y encima impulsa a otro colega.

Cuatro carreras son la puntuación total de Rincón.

Atléticos ganan, 22-4. Ingenieros: 6-13.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Picudos de Ceiba: a "C" in white offset type, bordered in black and then gold, on a blue circle speckled with darker blue, bordered in black and then green.

A diferencia de otros lanzadores, Celestino Rubio no se horroriza contra los  Bucanerospues poncha uno y sólo permite dos sencillos sin carreras.

The logo of the Palomas de Cidra: a dark brown "C" in copperplate font, bordered in paler brown, on a red circle gridded with more of the brown, bordered in coffee brown.

El guardabosque central Antonio Tafolla sabe que es el bate más forzudo de su equipo, y lo prueba con una línea 5-6 con dos dobletes contra los Cañerosremolcando tres carreras e impulsando cinco.

The logo of the Eléctricos de Guayanilla: a bold red "G" in square type on a yellow circle bordered in red.

Aunque todavía sufre de visión borrosa, el guardabosque izquierdo Manuel Ramírez pone una línea de 5-6 contra los Potros, incluyendo dos biangulares, una tripleta, cuatro carreras anotadas y cinco impulsadas.

The logo of the Petateros de Sabana Grande: a teal "SG" in athletic script, bordered in black and then yellow, on a purple circle studded with teal dots, bordered in teal-white-teal.

El antesalista de cuarta ronda Héctor Chávez ataca los Fundadores a un ritmo 5-6añadiendo cuatro carreras impulsadas y dos anotadas a su total con dos dobletes. 

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.

Los Chupacabras sufren una explosión similar del inicialista Hugo Morelos, cuya línea 5-6 incluye dos dobletes y el único triple de su temporada, lo que le permite anotar cinco carreras e impulsar tres.

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.

José Cisneros intenta deslizarse e inmediatamente se retuerce con un dolor intenso. El antesalista, quien no puede enderezar su rodilla, queda lesionado por cuatro semanas.

 

22 de abril

The logo of the Amigos de Guánica: a gold "G" with a deep angled bottom corner, bordered in black on a circle of light blue, bordered itself in black, pink, and black again.

contra Amigos

Es un partido feo.

Refrescados después de una noche en sus propias camas, los Ingenieros se aprovechan de la tendencia del Amigo Miguel Correa a tirar lanzamientos descontrolados. Así logran anotar carreras sin tener que usar sus bates.

Desafortunadamente, parece que Domingo Quezada no descansó tan bien como sus colegas, porque también lanza tantos tiros afuera del cajón que los Amigos logran mantenerse al alcance hasta la última entrada.

Ingenieros ganan, 11-10. Ingenieros: 7-13.

el resto de la liga

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.

Pobre de Santiago Saucedo. Después de recibir la selección duodécima a pesar de sus 38 años, abre 12 de los primeros 16 juegos de su equipo antes de descansar con dolores de diafragma.

Contra el consejo de su entrenador, y porque jura que se siente mejor, juega de nuevo el próximo día. Casi no puede caminar cuando vuelve al banco.

El día después, no se puede mover sin sentir dolor. No volverá por cuatro semanas.

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.

Es la misma historia—por tercera y última vez, Héctor Sánchez blanquea a los Prócerescon un ponche, convirtiéndose en el líder de la Liga Nacional.

The logo of the Esqueletos de Vieques: a narrow red "V" bordered in white and then black, on a purple circle where every other pixel is in black, bordered with black-red-black.

Aunque el guardabosque derecho Alfonso Hernández no logra impulsar a sus colegas contra los Caridurossí anota cinco carreras en su línea de 5-5, que incluye tres dobles y un triple.

 

23 de abril

The logo of the Piratas de Quebradillas: a blue "P" in ragged, map-like font, on a white circle with brick patterns in black, bordered by blue and then brown.

contra Piratas

Cuando los bateadores de Rincón practicaron esa mañana, parecían haberse recuperado con los dos días de descanso en su propio pueblo. Omar Contreras, cuando manda las pelotas por la cerca del bosque derecho, hace una producción de recobrarlas.

Luego, cuando el lanzador Alejandro Sánchez de Quebradillas destruye su alineación sin mucho esfuerzo, Venegas se pregunta adónde desapareció tanta destreza.

Los Piratas continúan su orgullosa tradición de castigar cada error que cometen sus contrincantes, como harán durante la temporada entera.

Después del partido, Venegas, desde los carros, vislumbra a un joven gacetero, vestido en ropa de ciudad arrugada por un largo viaje, hablando con los Migueles—Leal and Lugo, sus dos “relevos.”

El gacetero no se presenta, y si Venegas no pensara cada vez más que no tiene nada interesante para decir, lo pensaría mal educado.

Piratas ganan, 9-3. Ingenieros: 7-14.

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.

Es muy extraño lograr una actuación 5-5 y anotar dos carreras sin remolcar ninguna, pero así hace el inicialista Ramón García contra los Eléctricosquizás porque sólo tiene un doblete.

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

En cambio, Antonio Rojas está al servicio de sus colegas—cuando monta un ataque 5-7 contra las Tortugas con un triple y un cuadrangular, sólo anota tres veces, pero sienta marca para la Liga Hostos entera al remolcar, increíblemente, nueve carreras.

Lo más asombroso es que Rojas es el guardabosque izquierdo secundario.

The logo of the Mogotes de Florida: a red "F" bordered in black on a green circle, bordered in yellow and red.

La habilidad defensiva de Sergio Hernández, combinada con su bate, lo hace un inicialista sobresaliente. Hoy se justifica esa caracterización contra los Plataneros con una línea 5-7, incluyendo dos dobletes, impulsando una sola carrera pero anotando cuatro.

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