1871: Week 4 / Semana IV

An entry from Venegas’ journal, curiously undated despite his usual meticulousness:

When I returned after the game against the Reyes, a small man was waiting in my office. With much care he had composed a writing desk from two chairs, and he was writing by candlelight in a narrow ledger.

 

He saw me as soon as I entered and rose to greet me, and asked that I not reveal his presence to anyone until he allowed it.

 

Then he removed a well-worn sheet from the ledger, already covered by his small writing, and began to discourse.

 

If it is true what this man promises, already this season cannot be rescued, but if we direct the team as we should in the next seasons, perhaps we shall be able to take the team to a more honorable place in the standings.

Beyond the entry’s lack of temporal precision—one of only a handful of cases in the whole journal—there are two notable elements of it.

First: while most players, managers, and team owners in the Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña of 1871 had long considered it a strange experiment that would not survive past its first season, and Venegas had indicated in his writings that he was certainly among that number, the entry suggests that he had changed his mind on the long-term viability of the league. If so, he was one of the first to do so. 

Second: since the discovery of Venegas’ journals, there has been much speculation on the identity of the “small man” who confided in him. The diligent research of league archivist Catalina Suárez Peña, among others, suggests that it was none other than Agustín Espinosa Roldán, in his first role with the league as a seguidor.

In the early years, before the Reorganization of 1875, the Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña was a lean organization that ran on a very small staff, most of which worked on the Gaceta (at the time, a league-internal publication) or the Almanaque, which had even smaller circulation. Almanaqueros took down game scores, prepared standings, and occasionally computed some basic statistics. Their tireless labor enabled later compilers and archivists to prepare most of the comprehensive work available on the first years of the league.

Within this latter group, however, the Commissioner of the Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña had secreted a small corps of utterly loyal seguidores (“followers”), whose official duty was to ride herd on a division’s worth of almanaqueros. In most cases, however, the Commissioner had charged the seguidores with noting down aspects of the first season that the league could improve.

These men had no official title within the league, which has made it exceedingly difficult to identify them among the league’s general employees—and has led some researchers to postulate that some seguidores may have been women, which was certainly odd for the early Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña.

Espinosa Roldán, however, who appears to have been assigned to the División del Oeste of Liga Hostos, distinguished himself among the seguidores by sending a nearly constant stream of correspondence to league headquarters. None of it has survived, but as Suárez Peña discovered while assembling Cuero y madera (2012), her famous history of the early league’s inner workings, there is still one reply from the Commissioner:

Your letter on rotations, etc., has been received. No further discussion of these matters is needed on your part. Return to your post.

 

april 24th

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

at Capitanes

Rivalries along La Milicia—the railroad line, hastily built during the War for the Republic, that knits together the northwest coast of the island, due north from Mayagüez and as far east as Arecibo—blazed earlier and hotter than in the rest of Puerto Rico, enabled either by the sense of diminished distance induced by the train or the plenitude of sites along its route where soldiers played baseball over a year before the incorporation of the Liga Nacional.

Unfortunately for Rincón, the speed and heat of these rivalries has nothing to do with their equity, and when a team has Josué Díaz—a fantastic hitter with the infuriating ability to play five positions—even the best teams have to play a level above their usual.

If the Ingenieros have proven anything this year, it’s that they’re not among the best teams.

Capitanes win, 8-2. Ingenieros: 7-15.

around the league

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.

General manager David San Miguel, of the Cotorras, admits to the Gaceta that his team will need to find new players next year. He avoids getting into trouble with his boss by the simple expedient of said owner’s absolute indifference.

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.

Fearsome contact hitter (and indifferent shortstop) Daniel Fernández makes the most of his chances against the Changosmanaging a 5-7 line with two doubles, three runs, and three more runs batted in.

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.

History does not record which position Martín Jiménez started at in this game—and he could play five—but it does mention that, against the Taínoshe drove in two runs and scored an incredible six by becoming the second player in LNP history to hit for the cycle.

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.

In the midst of an incredibly effective pitching season in which he allows the fewest hits of anyone in the Liga Betances, Roberto Álvarez issues one walk and allows four hits against the hard-hitting Petroleros offense.

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.

First baseman Hugo Morelos goes on a 5-6 rampage against the Maratonistasand though they’re all singles, he nonetheless manages to come home three times, as well as drive in a run.

The logo of the Samaritanos de San Lorenzo: the letters "SL" in black Western-style serif font, bordered in white, on a yellow circle bordered in red-black-red.

In the only season he’ll ever have as a Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña starter, José Guerra manages to shut out the Cariduros on just two hits, fanning two and walking none along the way.

The logo of the Soles de Luquillo: a dark red "L" in fancy curlicue font on a background of gold with black circles, bordered in black and then white.

Trying to turn a double play, shortstop Fernando Velásquez tries so hard to beat a sliding runner than he nearly tears his leg open. He’ll be out for four weeks. 

 

april 25th

While the Ingenieros did not play today, there is nonetheless information on what the rest of the Liga Nacional was doing.

Plenty of information, in fact.

around the league

The logo of the Soles de Luquillo: a dark red "L" in fancy curlicue font on a background of gold with black circles, bordered in black and then white.

Career platoon man José Nuez manages the only notable game of his career, going 5-6 with a triple against the Guardianes, scoring and driving in two runs apiece.

The logo of the Cafeteros de Maricao: a white "M" in quirky font bordered in black and then orange, on a brown circle bordered in dark brown and white.

Fourth-rounder corner outfielder Víctor Gámez, one of the few Maricao bats working properly, goes 5-6 against the Valerososincluding two doubles and two runs driven in on top of scoring four times.

The logo of the Rebeldes de Moca: a lowercase "m" in maroon square font, bordered in black on a silver circle with thin maroon pinstripes, bordered in silver and maroon.

Despite a truly horrifying season in which he goes the distance only four times over his fifteen starts, Jesús Galván manages the only shutout of his career on this day, allowing only two hits despite failing to strike out or walk a single Cacique

The logo of the Leones de Ponce: a gothic "P" in gold bordered in black, on a red circle bordered in gold-black-gold.

First baseman Rodolfo Ordaz and left fielder José Flores combine to torch the Piratas for eleven hits in twelve at-bats, including two doubles. They score five runs and bat in another four.

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.

Not to be left out, late-rounder José Vásquez manages his brief moment of stardom by putting up his own 5-6 line against the Leonesdriving in two runs and scoring two more.

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

In the midst of his only decent offensive campaign, first baseman Juan Pereira manages a 5-5 line against the Changosputting up one of his five doubles, scoring twice and driving in five teammates.

The logo of the Llaneros de Toa Baja: "TB" in navy informal script font, bordered in white, on a green circle bordered in black and then white.

Defensively-challenged third baseman Enrique Clemente will have exactly two below-average seasons, and this is one—but not today, when he puts up three doubles, three runs and bats three in with a 5-5 effort against the Cariduros.

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

Before the game, right fielder Omar Varela is explicitly warned to avoid running too hard around the bases, as his hip is already in bad shape and he barely recovered from a running injury earlier in the season.

Unfortunately, Varela’s entire value is in his speed, so he runs out a grounder and sprains his ankle, sending him off for six weeks.

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

First baseman Juan de la Cruz, after nursing a sore elbow for three days, becomes the second Relámpago to go on injury (in his case, for four weeks) after being laid out by a runner. 

 

april 26th

The logo of the Montañeses de Utuado: a squarely-built light blue "U" bordered in white and brown on a brown circle, bordered in black and light blue.

vs. Montañeses

Surprisingly, despite the usual spate of bumbling defensive work by the Ingenieros, Édgar Moreno somehow holds Utuado scoreless for the first three innings.

Even that would have almost been insufficient, if not for the bat of Jesús Cepeda, whose two-run double in the eighth gives Rincón the lead just before reliever Miguel Leal, for once fully fresh when he takes the mound, barely manages to shut the door.

Ingenieros win, 7-6. Ingenieros: 8-15.

around the league

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

Second baseman Tomás Samayoa extends his hitting streak to 21 games with a 5-5 attack on the Ateniensesincluding a double, a run scored and a run batted in.

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

Two days ago, centerfielder Fernando Paniagua showed off his throwing mechanics by falling on the ground while trying for an outfield assist. Today, he begins five weeks of badly-directed therapy, which may be why he never played again.

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.

Something in second baseman Marco Villazaña‘s knee went when he tried sliding into third base. He will end up on the bench for six weeks.

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.

In a banner week for centerfielders hurting themselves while throwing, Ángelo Martínez manages to strain his arm so badly during a game that he’ll be out for five months.

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.

Alejandro Flores, while trying to stretch a double, redefines “base hit” when his arm misses the bag, which instead crushes him on the side. He will be gone for six 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.

Jorge García, despite being a left fielder, somehow manages to collide with a baserunner and goes onto the injury list with a hurt shoulder. Years later, he will credit the experience with teaching him to work on his incredible fielding.

 

april 27th

The logo of the Leones de Ponce: a gothic "P" in gold bordered in black, on a red circle bordered in gold-black-gold.

at Leones

The Leones’ young right fielder, José Herrera, manages four hits, scoring four times himself on top of driving in three teammates.

Despite the seven at-bats it takes for him to reach the four-hit mark, he is apparently the only León to manage it, which suggests that the Ingenieros’ defense once again leaves them in an untenable position, especially after Alfredo Vargas is lost to a running tackle.

Leones win, 23-11. Ingenieros: 8-16.

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.

For the first shutout of his career, Marco Bautista manages to hold the Mulos to a single hit, without striking out or walking a single one.

The logo of the Conquistadores de Guaynabo: A silver "G" in thin script on a green circle, bordered in black and silver.

By contrast, Fernando Balderrama allows nine Combatientes to reach base safely—and given the era, more likely made it on errors—but manages the shutout, without a strikeout or walk.

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.

In yet another case of overreach, second baseman Mario Quijada tears a muscle trying to get a hand on third during a close play. He manages it—and walks off the field, out for four weeks.

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.

Right fielder Luis Martínez plays hard enough that he’s already injured several muscles, as well as an ankle, when he slides hard enough to fracture his foot and get himself benched for four weeks.

The logo of the Reyes de Juana Díaz: a golden "JD" on a Roman purple circle bordered in gold, black and gold again.

After twenty-one games of excellent offense and increasingly-passable defense, left fielder Carlos Medina pulls something while trying to dive for a fly ball. He will not return for seven weeks.

 

april 28th

The logo of the Reyes de Juana Díaz: a golden "JD" on a Roman purple circle bordered in gold, black and gold again.

vs. Reyes

The lead moves back and forth, as Reyes “starter” Enrique Núñez immediately sets about proving just how ill-suited he is as a main pitcher.

La Máquina, in full swing today as the Reyes took them home from Ponce, manages a four-run second inning after center fielder Ramón Santiago’s dropped throw turns a flyout into an RBI double.

Desperate to redeem himself, two innings later, Santiago notices that Domingo Quezada’s curveball appears to have lost some of its drop. He takes advantage, turning on a pitch and sending it over the fence to bring two teammates home with him. 

Reyes win, 11-10. Ingenieros: 8-17.

around the league

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.

In his most effective season—not coincidentally, on limited duty—#3 starter José Santos holds the Potros to no runs on only three hits, striking out two and walking none.

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.

Without a single walk or strikeout, Omar Girón throws his first career shutout against the Brujos, despite allowing them nine hits.

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 Carlos Castrejón, in his only season as a regular, proves too much for the Cañeros, battering them for a 5-5 line that includes a double and a triple, plus two runs scored and two more driven in.

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.

As he tries to stop a steal, second baseman José Mendoza ends up in a messy pile of ballplayers—and has to be carried out, as a broken bone benches him for a month and a half. 

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.

Left fielder Efraín López becomes the latest baserunner to fracture a finger, which benches him for four weeks.

 

april 29th

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.

at Changos

Juan González takes his job as catcher very seriously.

He does this despite his increasing conviction that he’s severely overmatched, even though being a catcher is, in 1871, an extremely literal job. Framing is barely understood, and the aspects of catching that involved working with pitchers and calling games are entirely nonexistent.

In other words, a catcher in the early Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña is there to prevent stolen bases, avoid passed balls, and hit. González, usually a liability to his team on defense, tries his hardest to make it up with his bat.

He manages it today, with five singles that somehow, despite his infamous knees, turn into four runs, all of which La Máquina ends up needing.

Ingenieros win, 14-10. Ingenieros: 9-17.

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.

In the field, second baseman Carlos Fernández is often a source of embarrassment—but today, against the Poetashis 5-7 line, which includes a single double, a run batted in, and two scored, is quite the success.

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

Third baseman José Arias is one of the biggest bats in his lineup, and he uses that power against the Petrolerosputting up a 5-7 line that includes two doubles and a triple as he drives an incredible six teammates in on top of scoring three times himself.

On the other end of things, first baseman Gabriel Pino uses both his bat and legs to go 5-7 against the Vaquerosincluding two doubles, three runs batted in and five runs scored.

 

april 30th

The logo of the Macabeos de Trujillo Alto: a golden "TA" bordered in in violet, on a white circle bordered in deep blue and then gold.

vs. Macabeos

For the second day in a row, an Ingeniero proves untouchable on offense: this time, right fielder Víctor Nieves puts up four hits against the Fritos, driving in three runs and scoring three himself.

Once again, they almost all prove necessary, though for once Rincón receives good defensive news—Efraín Rodríguez has to be replaced in center field after he manages to injure his wrist throwing home, which may be why no further errors are recorded there.

Ingenieros win, 13-10. Ingenieros: 10-17.

around the league

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.

First-round pick and former #5 prospect Ricardo Pérez, undisputed captain of his rotation, wipes the Mogotes on six hits, two strikeouts and no walks.

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.

The Llaneros hold second baseman and thunderbat Alejandro Guardado to a 0-4 line, which snaps his 24-game hitting streak. It’s the first time a streak 20 games or longer has ended in the history of the Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña.

The logo of the Jueyeros de Maunabo: a light blue "M" in script on a navy circle studded with light blue stars, bordered in white and light blue.

First baseman Ricardo Salcido, batting from the 2-hole, is one of his lineup’s most consistent weapons—and today he shows why, with the Tiburones on the receiving end of his 5-6 battering, including two triples, three runs scored, and three more batted in.

The logo of the Cuervos de Patillas: a purple "P" in square font, bordered in blue, on a black circle studded with blue, bordered in blue and then purple.

No one thinks the Rebeldes are hard to hit against, and even fewer people do after late-rounder Punch-and-Judy second baseman Leonardo Villa manages to score three doubles off them, bringing four runs home on top of the five he scores in his 5-7 effort.

 

Un apunte del diario de Venegas, que a pesar de su habituosa precisión, no tiene fecha:

Cuando volví del juego contra los Reyes, un hombre bajo me esperaba en la oficina. Con mucho cuidado había utilizado dos sillas para construir un escritorio, y escribía en un libro estrecho a la luz de una vela.

 

En cuanto entré me vio y se levantó a saludarme, y pidió que no divulgara su presencia hasta que me lo permitiera.

 

Entonces sacó del libro una hoja ya recubierta de su letra diminuta y comenzó a discursar.

 

Si es verdad lo que promete este hombre, ya no podremos rescatar esta temporada, pero si dirigemos el equipo como debemos en los próximos años, quizás podremos llevarlo a un lugar más honorable en las listas.

Más allá de la falta de precisión temporal—cosa que ocurre muy pocas veces en el diario entero—se notan dos aspectos.

Primero: Venegas había indicado ya en sus escritos que estaba de acuerdo con la mayoría de los empleados y patrocinadores de la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña en pensar que no duraría más que su primera temporada, pero el apunte sugiere que fue entre los primeros en cambiar su opinión sobre la viabilidad de la liga a largo plazo.

Segundo: se ha especulado mucho, desde el descubrimiento de los diarios de Venegas, sobre la identidad del “hombre bajo” que confió en él. Las investigaciones minuciosas de la archivista Catalina Suárez Peña, entre otres, sugiere que el hombre tenía que ser Agustín Espinosa Roldán, cuando, como seguidor, cumplía su primera función en la liga.

Antes de la reorganización del 1875, eran muy pocos los empleados de la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña, la mayoría de los cuales trabajan con la Gaceta (que entonces era una publicación interna) o el Almanaque, cuya tirada era más pequeña todavía. Los almanaqueres preparaban tanteos de cada juego, preparaban las listas, y hasta calculaban estadísticas básicas. Fueron sus labores las que permitieron a sus sucesores preparar la mayoría de los trabajos disponibles sobre los primeros años de la liga.

En este segundo grupo, además, el Comisionado de la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña había encubierto un pequeño pelotón de seguidores completamente leales a su autoridad. A cada seguidor se le encargó una división de almanaqueres para liderar, pero además de su deber oficial, el Comisionado también les pidió buscar aspectos de la primera temporada que la liga podría mejorar.

Ha sido especialmente difícil identificarles, pues no tenían título oficial en la jerarquía de la liga—lo que también ha resultado en la postulación que algunes seguidores eran mujeres, lo que sí hubiera sido extraño en la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña de esa etapa.

A Espinosa Roldán le tocó, aparentemente, la División del Oeste of Liga Hostos, y además se distinguió entre los seguidores por la oleada de correspondencia casi constante que mandó a la sede de la liga. Aunque no sobreviven estos mensajes, Suárez Peña descubrió cuando ensambló Cuero y madera (2012), su famosa historia del funcionamiento interno de la liga en sus primeros años, sí existe una respuesta del Comisionado:

Se ha recibido su carta sobre lineaciones, etc. No se necesita que trate esos temas de nuevo. Vuelva a su puesto.

 

24 de abril

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

en Mayagüez

Las rivalidades de La Milicia—el ferrocarril que, después de construirse rápidamente durante la Revolución, une el noroeste costero de la isla, al norte de Mayagüez y hasta Arecibo en el este—son más rancias y más feroces que en el resto de la Isla, sea por la cercanía que engendra la frecuencia de los trenes, o por la cantidad de sitios a través de su ruta donde varios soldados jugaron pelota más de un año antes de incorporarse la Liga Nacional.

Desafortunadamente para Rincón, ni la antigüedad ni la saña de sus enemistades tiene que ver con la igualdad de la misma, y cuando un equipo tiene a Josué Díaz—un bateador fabuloso que podía jugar cinco posiciones—hasta los mejores equipos tienen que desempeñarse a lo máximo.

Si han probado algo los Ingenieros en esta temporada, es que no son de los mejores equipos.

Capitanes ganan, 8-2. Ingenieros: 7-15.

el resto de la liga

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 presidente David San Miguel de las Cotorras le admite a los gaceteros que su equipo tendrá que hacer cambios extensivos la temporada que viene. No se mete en líos con su jefe gracias a la indiferencia absoluta del patrocinador.

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.

El temible chocador (y campocorto de tercera clase) Daniel Fernández hace todo lo que puede contra los Changoslogrando una línea de 5-7 con dos dobles, tres anotadas, y tres impulsadas.

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.

La historia no nos dice dónde jugó Martín Jiménez—y podía jugar cinco posiciones distintas—pero sí menciona que fue contra los Taínos que remolcó dos carreras y anotó seis al convertirse en el segundo jugador en la historia de la Liga nacional Puertorriqueña en completar el ciclo.

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.

Roberto Álvarez, quien permite menos imparables que cualquier otro monticular en la Liga Betances, le permite a los tronantes Petroleros sólo una caminata y cuatro sencillos.

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.

El inicialista Hugo Morelos se alborota contra los Maratonistascon una línea 5-6, y aunque todos son sencillos, logra impulsar una carrera encima de anotar tres.

The logo of the Samaritanos de San Lorenzo: the letters "SL" in black Western-style serif font, bordered in white, on a yellow circle bordered in red-black-red.

En la única temporada que tendrá como titular, José Guerra blanquea a los Cariduros con sólo dos imparables, con dos abanicados y ninguna base otorgada.

The logo of the Soles de Luquillo: a dark red "L" in fancy curlicue font on a background of gold with black circles, bordered in black and then white.

Tratando de montar una matanza doble, el campocorto Fernando Velásquez se tira en contra del corredor deslizándose a la base y casi se abre la pierna. Queda lesionado por cuatro semanas. 

 

25 de abril

Aunque los Ingenieros no jugaron hoy, hay información sobre lo que hacía el resto de la Liga Nacional.

De hecho, hay muchísima información.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Soles de Luquillo: a dark red "L" in fancy curlicue font on a background of gold with black circles, bordered in black and then white.

José Nuez, pelotonero de carrera, logra el único juego notable de su carrera cuando batea 5-6 con un triplete contra los Guardianes, anotando dos carreras e impulsando dos más.

The logo of the Cafeteros de Maricao: a white "M" in quirky font bordered in black and then orange, on a brown circle bordered in dark brown and white.

El guardabosque de esquina y selección de cuarta ronda Víctor Gámez, uno de los pocos jugadores de Maricao cuyo bate vale la pena, bate 5-6 con dos biangulares contra los Valerosos, impulsando a dos colegas encima de anotar cuatro carreras.

The logo of the Rebeldes de Moca: a lowercase "m" in maroon square font, bordered in black on a silver circle with thin maroon pinstripes, bordered in silver and maroon.

Aunque su temporada van tan mal que sólo terminará cuatro de sus quince títulos, Jesús Galván logra la única blanqueada de su carrera, permitiendo sólo dos imparables aunque no poncha ni otorga base a un solo Cacique

The logo of the Leones de Ponce: a gothic "P" in gold bordered in black, on a red circle bordered in gold-black-gold.

El incialista Rodolfo Ordaz y el guardabosque izquierdo José Flores se juntan para meterle once imparables a los Piratas en doce turnos al bate, incluyendo dos dobletes. Anotan cinco y remolcan cuatro más.

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.

Para no omitirse, José Vásquez, quien fue seleccionado en las rondas tardías, logra su breve estrellato cuando batea 5-6 contra los Leonesimpulsando dos carreras encima de las dos que anota.

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

En el medio de su única campaña ofensiva notable, el inicialista Juan Pereira logra batear 5-5 con uno de sus cinco dobletes contra los Changos, anotando dos veces e impulsando a cinco.

The logo of the Llaneros de Toa Baja: "TB" in navy informal script font, bordered in white, on a green circle bordered in black and then white.

Aunque el antesalista Enrique Clemente no es ninguna escoba, tendrá sólo dos temporadas por debajo del promedio como bateador, y esta es una—excepto por hoy, cuando mete tres dobletes, anota tres, e impulsa cuatro cuando batea 5-5 contra los Cariduros.

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

Se le advierte al guardabosque derecho Omar Varela antes del juego que no corra muy rápido, pues ya se ha lastimado la cadera y casi no se recuperó de su última lesión.

Desafortunadamente, como Varela sólo tiene valor como corredor, se tuerce el tobillo tratando de ganarle a una arrastrada. Queda afuera por seis semanas.

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

Ya lleva tres días con un codo dolorido el inicialista Juan de la Cruz cuando, después de recibir una fuerte cargada, se hace el segundo Relámpago en quedar lesionado, en su caso por cuatro semanas.

 

26 de abril

The logo of the Montañeses de Utuado: a squarely-built light blue "U" bordered in white and brown on a brown circle, bordered in black and light blue.

contra Montañeses

Aunque los Ingenieros todavía no se distinguen como defensores, Édgar Moreno de alguna manera blanquea a Utuado en tres entradas.

Hasta eso casi no hubiera sido bastante, si no fuera por Jesús Cepeda, quien le dio la ventaja a los Ingenieros con un doble de dos carreras en la octava justo antes de que Miguel Leal, quien para variar subió al montículo descansado, logra cerrar la puerta.

Ingenieros ganan, 7-6. Ingenieros: 8-15.

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.

El intermedista Tomás Samayoa continúa su racha de 21 juegos con imparables con un ataque 5-5 contra los Ateniensesincluyendo un doblete, una carrera anotada y una remolcada.

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

Hace dos días, el guardabosque central Fernando Paniagua demostró sus destrezas defensoras al caerse mientras trataba de tirar la bola. Hoy comienza cinco semanas de recuperación, la cual fue tan estropeada que nunca volvió a jugar.

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.

Al deslizarse hacia tercera base, algo se le fue a la rodilla del intermedista Marco Villazaña. Queda sentado por seis semanas.

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.

Otro guardabosque central se lastima tirando la bola: Ángelo Martínez logra torcerse el brazo tan mal que queda lesionado por cinco meses.

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.

Alejandro Flores trata de convertir un sencillo a un doblete cuando su brazo no logra tocar la base, la cual inmediatamente lo raspa por todo el lado. Comerá banco por seis 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.

Jorge García, logra chocarse con un corredor y acaba con un hombro lastimado a pesar de ser un guardabosque izquierdo. Muchos años después, dirá que fue esta experiencia que le enseñó a desempeñarse bien en el campo.

 

27 de abril

The logo of the Leones de Ponce: a gothic "P" in gold bordered in black, on a red circle bordered in gold-black-gold.

en Ponce

El joven guardabosque derecho de los Leones, José Herrera, lanza cuatro imparables y anota carrera en cada uno, encima de impulsar a tres de sus colegas.

Aunque le toma siete turnos al bate para lograrlo, es el único León que llega a la cifra, lo que sugiere que la defensa de los Ingenieros vuelve a tener la culpa, especialmente después de perder a Alfredo Vargas cuando lo placa un corredor.

Leones ganan, 23-11. Ingenieros: 8-16.

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.

Para la primera blanqueada de su carrera, Marco Bautista deja a los Mulos con un sólo imparable, sin ponchar u otorgar base.

The logo of the Conquistadores de Guaynabo: A silver "G" in thin script on a green circle, bordered in black and silver.

Fernando Balderrama, a cambio, permite que nueve Combatientes lleguen a base—y probablemente más llegaron por error—pero también logra blanquearlos sin ponche ni base gratis.

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.

Otro que se extralimita: el intermedista Mario Quijada se rasguña un músculo tratando de tocar tercera en una jugada difícil. Lo logra—y se va caminando, sin volver por cuatro semanas.

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.

El guardabosque derecho Luis Martínez juega tan duro que ya se ha lastimado el tobillo, entre otras coyunturas, antes de deslizarse tan torpemente que se fractura un pie. Comerá banco por cuatro semanas.

The logo of the Reyes de Juana Díaz: a golden "JD" on a Roman purple circle bordered in gold, black and gold again.

Después de 21 juegos con bate tronante y guante cada vez más capaz, el guardabosque izquierdo Carlos Medina se desgarra algo cuando se tira a la grama para atrapar un bombo. No volverá por siete semanas.

 

28 de abril

The logo of the Reyes de Juana Díaz: a golden "JD" on a Roman purple circle bordered in gold, black and gold again.

contra Reyes

El “abridor” Enrique Núñez de los Reyes decide manifestar sus destrezas como lanzador titular. La ventaja, por ende, cambia varias veces.

Gracias al pon que le dieron los Reyes desde Ponce, La Máquina está en plena marcha y logra anotar cuatro carreras en la segunda cuando el guardabosque central Ramón Santiago se enmantequilla y convierte un bombo en un doblete con impulsadas.

Desesperado por redimirse, dos entradas después, Santiago se percata de que la curva de Domingo Quezada ha perdido su bajada. Ataca en lanzamiento para mandarlo sobre la cerca, remolcando a dos colegas con sí mismo. 

Reyes ganan, 11-10. Ingenieros: 8-17.

el resto de la liga

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.

José Santos, utilizado como titular tercero y mucho más efectivo con servicio limitado, le deja sólo tres imparables a los Potros Poncha a dos, otorga una base gratis, y no permite carreras.

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.

Sin ponche ni base gratis, Omar Girón lanza la primera blanqueada de su carrera contra los Brujos, aunque permite nueve palos.

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.

En la única temporada que logra como titular, el intermedista Carlos Castrejón, resulta ser demasiado contra los CañerosLes dispara una actuación 5-5 con un doblete y un triangular, anotando dos carreras e impulsando dos más.

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.

Al tratar de oponerse a un robo de base, el intermedista José Mendoza queda debajo de un montonazo de jugadores. Lo tienen que sacar en camilla, pues se ha roto un hueso que lo saca por mes y medio.

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.

El guardabosque izquierdo Efraín López queda lesionado por cuatro semanas al convertirse en el corredor más reciente en fracturarse un dedo de alguna manera.

 

29 de abril

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.

en Naranjito

Aunque se siente cada vez más superado, Juan González toma su función de receptor muy en serio. 

Dicha función es muy literal en 1871. Ningún receptor sabe cómo enmarcar o servir de mariscal de campo.

Es decir, los receptores de esta Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña combaten robos de base, tratan de prevenir bolas pasadas, y dan batazos. González, que no es gran defensor, trata reponer esa falta con su bate.

Hoy lo logra, con cinco sencillos que a pesar de sus dichosas rodillas se convierten en cuatro carreras, todas las cuales resultan necesarias. 

Ingenieros ganan, 14-10. Ingenieros: 9-17.

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.

A menudo, Carlos Fernández es una vergüenza como intermedista—pero hoy tiene mucho éxito contra los Poetas al batear 5-7 con un doblete, dos anotadas y una remolcada.

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

El antesalista José Arias es uno de los bates más vivos en su equipo, y hoy lo usa para activarse 5-7 contra los Petroleros, con dos biangulares y un triplete. Anota tres carreras por sí mismo, encima de impulsar seis.

Por el otro lado, el inicialista Gabriel Pino usa su bate y sus piernas para batear 5-7 contra los Vaqueros, incluyendo dos dobletes, tres carreras impulsadas y cinco anotadas.

 

30 de abril

The logo of the Macabeos de Trujillo Alto: a golden "TA" bordered in in violet, on a white circle bordered in deep blue and then gold.

contra Macabeos

El bate de otro Ingeniero resulta indiscutible: esta vez es el guardabosque derecho Víctor Nieves, quien lanza cuatro palos contra los Fritos anotando tres carreras e impulsando tres más.

Casi todas resultan necesarias, aunque esta vez hay buenas nuevas defensivas para Rincón—la sustitución de Efraín Rodríguez en el bosque central después de que se lastime la muñeca tirando hacia el cajón quizás explica por qué no se registran más errores en esa zona.

Ingenieros ganan, 13-10. Ingenieros: 10-17.

el resto de la liga

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.

Ricardo Pérez, promesa #5 de la liga, selección de la primera ronda, y capitán indiscutible de su alineación, le da nueve arepas a los Mogotes con seis palos, dos ponches y sin base gratis.

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.

Por primera vez, se acaba una racha de 20 juegos o más con imparables en la Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña cuando los Llaneros dejan al tronante camarero Alejandro Guardado sin batazo. Acaba con 24 juegos seguidos.

The logo of the Jueyeros de Maunabo: a light blue "M" in script on a navy circle studded with light blue stars, bordered in white and light blue.

Desde el segundo escaño, el incialista Ricardo Salcido es uno de los bates más consistentes en su equipo—y hoy lo demuestra al atacar a los Tiburones con una paliza 5-6, incluyendo dos tripletes, tres anotadas, y tres más impulsadas.

The logo of the Cuervos de Patillas: a purple "P" in square font, bordered in blue, on a black circle studded with blue, bordered in blue and then purple.

Nadie piensa que es difícil dar palo contra los Rebeldes , y menos todavía después que el camarero debilucho Leonardo Villa logra darles tres dobles, llevando cuatro carreras al cajón encima de las cinco que anota en su actuación de 5-7.

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