1871: Week 6 / Semana VI

Very little survives from the last week of any team’s 1871 season.

Given how few games were left to play, however, the extrapolation is easy. The few teams that were assured a postseason appearance likely rested a number of their top players, as much to protect them from the injuries that had proven unexpectedly common as to give opportunities for untested prospects and second-string men to earn themselves lineup spots in the next year.

Most inexplicably, there are several pitchers who were chosen in the first round of La Selección, and yet saw one or two starts until this last week, when they were suddenly thrust into the role they had been chosen to occupy.

In a 38-game campaign, however, most teams were not safe in the postseason just yet. That meant no room for error—lineups at full strength throughout, with the closest thing each manager could find to an ace taking the mound every successive night. Bullpens, whose existence most managers barely acknowledged, might as well have been ghosts in those days.

Venegas, however, found himself in possession of that most elusive luxury: a met expectation.

Before the season began, and using some tremendously opaque predictive method, the Almanaque had calculated that the Ingenieros would win thirteen games in 1871.

Last week, and in spite of being decisively eliminated from the postseason, their victory over the Llaneros had sewn up that prediction. To Venegas’ eyes, everything that happened afterwards was nothing more than gilding the lily.

Suffice it to say that, for the Ingenieros, this was a good approach to take.

may 8th

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.

vs. Toritos

The only notable event in this game isn’t even in Venegas’ journal, but in the Toritos’ logbook from several years later.

Third baseman Enrique “El Inesperado” Carranza scores five of the Platirojos’ runs in this game, a feat he will repeat four years later against a different team, and which only one Torito manages to match in the next decade.

Toritos win, 11-3. Ingenieros: 13-22.

around the league

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

At the end of a very middling season, the Taínos become the most recent team to declare themselves in search of a new approach for the next season. It surprises no one.

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.

Antonio González, who split time all over the outfield and first base while nursing a strained hamstring and calf, rakes a 5-6 line against the Arzobispos, scoring a single run while driving in four.

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

Of the ten games the Artesanos lose, nine of them have Leonel Jaramillo on the mound—but today, though he allows seven Vejigantes to reach base and only strikes out one, he manages to keep any of them from coming home for the first shutout of his career.

The logo of the Potros de Santa Isabel: a black "SI" in block type bordered in gold, on an orange circle bordered in blue.

It was already baffling that the Potros spent their seventh-round pick on 38-year-old second baseman Félix Gasca, but it becomes the stuff of Gaceta lore when he somehow manages to sprain his ankle . . . throwing a ball.

Initially ruled out for five weeks, Gasca will spend twice that amount of time off his feet thanks to a series of what we can only assume were very, very bad decisions.

 

may 9th

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

at Mogotes

Though Javier Aguilera has not yet earned the starting spot at shortstop for the Mogos, he makes a strong case today, when he knocks three runs in and scores three of his own in a 4-5 effort.

Surprisingly, he’s the only Mogote to put in such a strong individual performance, which suggests that the Ingenieros once again let themselves down. 

Mogotes win, 19-2. Ingenieros: 13-23.

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.

The young and heavy bat Jesús Seda works a 5-6 line with a triple against the Platanerosbatting in and scoring four runs apiece.

The logo of the Valencianos de Juncos: a brown "J" in flowery cursive on an orange circle, bordered in brown.

Against the playoff-bound Guabalerosfirst baseman Édgar Gallardo—soon to become notorious for playing some of the worst defense of all time—bats a 5-5 line with a double, scoring a single run and bringing two teammates home.

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

Lefty former #24 prospect Omar Colón blanks the Poetas on four hits, striking out one and walking none on his way to the first shutout of his career.

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

Second baseman Diego Alcalá already missed most of the season with a sore wrist. Today he’ll land himself on the bench for four more weeks after attempting to play defense by colliding with an opposing runner.

The logo of the Patriotas de Lares: a light blue "L" in Old English type, bordered in black on a white circle bordered in red and sky-blue.

Left fielder Juan Chávez takes a fastball—as much as any pitch in 1871 was a fastball—directly to his foot, fracturing it and benching him for the next four weeks. He will later blame this injury with leading to his retirement at the age of 31.

 

may 10th

The logo of the Atenienses de Manatí: a hot pink M in a serif book style font, bordered in black, on a light blue circle, bordered in black and then hot pink.

vs. Atenienses

Once again, the Inges make a hero out of a below-average hitter.

This time it’s left fielder Jose Hernández, who hits his only home run of 1871 or 1872 and drives in an incredible six runs—a fourth of his season total—despite his batting line being 2-7 overall.

Atenienses win, 19-5. Ingenieros: 13-24.

around the league

The logo of the Santos de Adjuntas: a green gothic "A" bordered in white on a purple circle streaked with black dots, bordered with black and then white.The logo of the Atléticos de San Germán: a black "SG" in Gothic type on a pink circle bordered in white and then black.

After 21 games, Adjuntas third baseman José Ramírez fails to get a hit in three chances against the Marinerosending his streak.

On the same day, the Fundadores successfully prevent San Germán centerfielder Gil Olives from reaching base on five chances, the first time he’s failed in 20 games.

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.

The Maratonistas have been the offense to fear in the Liga Betances, and while normally, catcher Arturo Ybarra is somewhat of an exception, today he goes 5-6 with a double against the Eléctricosdriving in two runs and scoring two more on his own.

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

#6 prospect Miguel Medina, the main starter for Juana Díaz despite a surprisingly pedestrian performance, manages his first career shutout by striking out one Poetawalking another, and allowing only five to reach base.

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.

Though Andrés López will soon transition into the bullpen due to his inability to pitch well beyond one or two innings, today he manages to shut the Cítricos out on six hits, despite issuing a walk and no strikeouts.

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.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Ochoa, who will move out of the bullpen after this season, holds the Mogotes to only six hits despite, apparently, showing iffy velocity and break on his pitches.

The logo of the Avancinos de Villalba: a gold slightly cursive "V" on a navy circle, bordered in white and teal.

Not to be outdone by Medina, divisional rival and #4 prospect José Huerta, who will soon become notorious for logging more walks than strikeouts for several seasons in a row, shuts out the Polluelos—and not only does he not walk a single one, he strikes out two of them!  

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.

In another case of overzealous defense, second baseman Lorenzo Santiago takes the full brunt of a baserunner so hard that he ends up on the bench for five weeks with pain in several ribs.

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.

Right fielder Efraín López, already on the bench with a fractured finger, makes the breakage much worse during a post-game celebration with his teammates. He’s lucky his team won’t need him for most of those three months. 

 

may 11th

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.

at Petateros

As they traveled back to Rincón, to take stock of the season and begin the work of molding a winning team from the motley that Venegas and his fellow scouts had chanced from La Selección, Espinosa wrote.

By daylight, even as the carriages shook him back and forth contending with the uneven terrain, he wrote in short scratches, attacking the paper in strings of code that Venegas found undecipherable.

At night, if left without conversation long enough, he would whisper to himself, and they would find him at the first rest jotting everything down.

He had already informed Venegas that he would not be allowed to remain with Rincón—the league wished to avoid even the appearance of impropriety—but his impending departure was not the only reason the Ingenieros put up with him.

Against all odds, and almost in spite of themselves, they had somehow done better than expected.

Ingenieros win, 10-6. Ingenieros: 14-24.

around the league

The logo of the Cítricos de Las Marías: a quirky gold "LM" bordered in black on an orange circle, bordered in yellow, green, and yellow.

Eighth overall pick Carlos Valdez, about whom no Harvey Danger songs were written, manages the first shutout of his extremely average career when he holds the Combatientes to two hits, striking out two and walking none.

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.

Despite playing some truly horrifying defense, first baseman and 900th Selección pick Carlos García manages to spend the entire year starting for Vega Baja—the last time he’ll get to do so.

Today, the Guabaleros get to see his one notable game, a 5-5 effort with two triples, scoring four runs and adding four more.

The logo of the Guardianes de Dorado: a green "D" in fancy script on a black circle gridded with green, bordered in green.

Third baseman Guillermo Mendoza ends up benched for four weeks after he trips and falls while running to second, nearly cracking several ribs when he strikes the base on the way down.

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

Just one day ago, centerfielder and #15 prospect Andrés González misjudged a slide into third and crumpled against a particularly beefy infielder, landing hard on his back. Today he begins four weeks of recovery, as a slipped disc puts him out of action.

 

may 12th

around the league

The logo of the Grises de Humacao: a tall "H" in dark gray, bordered in black, on a silver circle studded with gray, bordered in navy, cyan, then navy.

The logo of the Titanes de Morovis: a capital "M" in gold narrow type, bordered in black and pink against a brown circle with black diagonal lines, bordered in black and gold.

Another two hitting streaks end, this time from Gris first baseman Carlos Figueroa, who had just reached 20 games when the Leones stopped him, and Titán left fielder Manuel Gil, who cooled off against the Guardacostas after managing to hit in 21 games straight.

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

In Loíza, where the Vejigantes are wrapping up a 10-28 season marked by truly horrendous pitching—the team’s ERA was apparently 5.44—Tomás Samayoa is playing an entirely different game, and as usual for Samayoa, being very good at it.

He manages only one hit against the Llanerosbut that one hit means he’s now done so in 35 consecutive games.

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.

Shortstop Ricardo Piedra crumples trying to make it to second base, and discovers he can’t walk without pain. He’ll be out for four weeks, not that it matters to Culebra.

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.

In perhaps the funniest injury of the season, third baseman Raúl “El Fértil” Vásquez attempts to stop an opponent sliding into the third with his . . . elbow, presumably by slamming it into the runner.

Vásquez, who appears in enough pain to be unable to throw the ball even a short distance, is benched for at least four weeks while the team doctors figure out how to help him. The Cotorras, who are well out of the playoff race, don’t need him.

Some days later, a doctor arrives early for an appointment at Vásquez’s home—and catches him playing with his many children, showing no signs of the shoulder pain he had proclaimed unbearable during the initial assessment.

After his salary for the season is paid in full, the Cotorras cut him.

 

may 13th

around the league

The logo of the Corsos de Yauco: an orange "Y" in a slightly rounded sans serif font, bordered in white and black, on a navy circle bordered in orange, white, orange.

The Corsos, who finished 19-19 behind the Betances-pacing Eléctricos and the wildcard Petroleros, become the latest team to admit defeat to the Gaceta.

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.

Centerfielder Gil Avelar—who will end the season with an impressive .403 batting average—scorches the Guabaleros for a 6-7 line, including two doubles, two runs scored, and two more driven in.

 

 

may 14th

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.

In the exact kind of news a team on the cusp of the postseason wants to hear, second baseman Ramón Gómez ends up on the wrong end of an opposing runner and has to leave the game with muscle spasms. He will not return for six weeks.

De la última semana del 1871 sobrevive muy poco de cualquier equipo.

Sin embargo, con los pocos juegos que quedaban, es fácil deducir cómo se comportaron. Es probable que los pocos que ya tenían escaños seguros en el torneo descansaron a sus mejores jugadores, tanto para protegerlos de las lesiones que habían resultado inesperadamente frecuentes como para darles oportunidades a novatísimos sin probar y jugadores de reserva para ganarse un sitio en la alineación del próximo año.

Lo más inexplicable es que hay varios lanzadores que fueron elegidos en la primera ronda de la Selección, y sólo titularon uno o dos partidos hasta esta última semana, cuando de pronto se les metió en el papel que supuestamente habían sido seleccionados para jugar desde el comienzo de la temporada.

Por otro lado, la mayoría de los equipos no tenían tanta seguridad en una campaña de 38 partidos, lo que les dejaba sin margen de error—todos los titulares jugaban cada día, y al gerente le tocaba encontrar cuál de sus lanzadores se veía más completo ese día. Los relevos, cuya existencia pasaba casi desapercibida, eran ahora fantasmas vestidos de peloteros.

Venegas, a cambio de todo lo dicho, tenía ese lujo tan raro: la expectativa cumplida.

Antes de comenzar la temporada, y con un método predictivo completamente opaco, el Almanaque calculó que los Ingenieros ganarían 13 partidos en 1871.

Cuando ganaron contra los Llaneros la semana pasada , ya habían cumplido con esa predicción, a pesar de también ser eliminados del torneo. Para Venegas, cualquier triunfo que quedara por venir era sólo rizar el rizo.

Resultó que esa mentalidad le serviría bien a todos los Ingenieros.

8 de mayo

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.

contra Toritos

Lo único notable que pasa en este partido ni siquiera aparece en el diario de Venegas, sino en un jornal de los Toritos años después.

El antesalista Enrique “El Inesperado” Carranza apunta cinco de las carreras Platirojas, hazaña que repetirá cuatro años después contra otro equipo, y que sólo un Torito logra igualar en la próxima década.

Toritos ganan, 11-3. Ingenieros: 13-22.

el resto de la liga

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

Mientras terminan una temporada muy promedia, los Taínos son el equipo más reciente en declararse en búsqueda de otro método para el año que viene. No sorprenden a nadie.

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.

Antonio González, quien tuvo que cuidarse la corva y la pantorrilla mientras pasaba tiempo en todos los bosques y primera base, se luce 5-6 contra los Arzobispos, apuntando una carrera e impulsando cuatro.

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

De los diez partidos que pierden los Artes, nueve son con Leonel Jaramillo como monticular—pero aunque permite que siete Vejigantes lleguen a primera base y sólo poncha uno, sí logra que ninguno vuelva al cajón por primera vez en su carrera.

The logo of the Potros de Santa Isabel: a black "SI" in block type bordered in gold, on an orange circle bordered in blue.

Que los Potros gastaran su selección de séptima ronda con el intermedista de 38 años Félix Gasca ya era extraño, pero se convierte en leyenda gacetera cuando el susodicho logra torcerse el tobillo . . . tirando una bola.

Aunque se suponía que volvería despues de cinco semanas, Gasca quedará lesionado por diez gracias a lo que sólo se puede suponer fueron varias decisiones muy, muy malas.

 

9 de mayo

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

en Florida

Aunque los Mogos todavía no le han dado el título de campocorto a Javier Aguilera, hoy aboga efectivamente por sí mismo al anotar tres carreras e impulsar tres más en su esfuerzo 4-5.

Dado que fue el único Mogote en sobresalir como jugador individual, lo más probable es que, de nuevo, los Ingenieros se decepcionaron. 

Mogotes ganan, 19-2. Ingenieros: 13-23.

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.

El bate joven y pesado de Jesús Seda sale 5-6 con un triangular contra los Platanerosanotando cuatro y remolcando cuatro más.

The logo of the Valencianos de Juncos: a brown "J" in flowery cursive on an orange circle, bordered in brown.

Contra los tornebundos Guabalerosel inicialista Édgar Gallardo—cuyas capacidades defensivas pronto serán infames—mete línea 5-5 con doblete, entrando dos carreras además de la que apunta.

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 zurdo Omar Colón, la promesa #24 de la liga, blanquea a los Poetas con cuatro sencillos, ponchando uno y sin otorgar base gratis.

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

Al lesionarse la muñeca, el intermedista Diego Alcalá ya tuvo que salirse de la mayoría de la temporada. Hoy vuelve al banco por cuatro semanas cuando decide derribar a un corredor para defender su base.

The logo of the Patriotas de Lares: a light blue "L" in Old English type, bordered in black on a white circle bordered in red and sky-blue.

Aunque las bolas rápidas del 1871 no eran exactamente rápidas, no le importa al pie del guardabosque izquierdo Juan Chávez, que resulta fracturado al enfrentarse a tal lanzamiento. Quedará sentado por cuatro semanas, y luego se retirará a los 31 años.

 

10 de mayo

The logo of the Atenienses de Manatí: a hot pink M in a serif book style font, bordered in black, on a light blue circle, bordered in black and then hot pink.

contra Atenienses

Los Inges de nuevo logran hacer un bate ligero salir de héroe.

Esta vez es el guardabosque izquierdo Jose Hernández, quien logra su único cuadrangular de las primeras dos temporadas encima de remolcar seis carreras—una cuarta parte de su total—aunque su línea es sólo 2-7.

Atenienses ganan, 19-5. Ingenieros: 13-24.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Santos de Adjuntas: a green gothic "A" bordered in white on a purple circle streaked with black dots, bordered with black and then white.The logo of the Atléticos de San Germán: a black "SG" in Gothic type on a pink circle bordered in white and then black.

Después de 21 partidos, la racha del antesalista de Adjuntas José Ramírez acaba cuando no logra meter imparable en sus tres oportunidades contra los Marineros.

El mismo día, los Fundadores no le permiten al guardabosque central Gil Olives llegar a base con su bate. Es la primera vez en 20 partidos.

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.

Aunque el receptor Arturo Ybarra no es uno de los bates tronantes de Coamo, hoy se luce 5-6 con doblete contra los Eléctricosimpulsando dos carreras encima de las dos que apunta.

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

A pesar de su actuación algo mediocre, la promesa #6 Miguel Medina sirve de titular principal para Juana Díaz. Hoy logra su primera blanqueada al ponchar un Poetaotorgarle base a otro, y permitir sólo cinco imparables.

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.

Aunque la falta crónica de aguante de Andrés López lo dejará de relevo en el futuro muy cercano, hoy blanquea a los Cítricos con seis imparables, aunque no poncha y sí otorga una base.

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.

El mismo día, Eduardo Ochoa, quien saldrá de ser relevo después de esta temporada, aguanta a los Mogotes con sólo seis imparables, aunque sus lanzamientos parecen tener velocidad y rompe dudosos.

The logo of the Avancinos de Villalba: a gold slightly cursive "V" on a navy circle, bordered in white and teal.

Para no quedarse atrás contra su rival Medina, la promesa #4 José Huerta, quien pronto pasará varias temporadas en las que tiene más bases otorgadas que ponches, blanquea a los Polluelos—y no sólo no otorga base, sino que poncha a dos!  

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.

Otro defensor con demasiado entusiasmo: Lorenzo Santiago sufre el peso entero de un corredor y queda lesionado por cinco semanas con dolor en varias costillas.

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 derecho Efraín López, ya lesionado con un dedo roto, lo empeora al celebrar con sus colegas después del partido. Tiene suerte que no lo necesitarán por la mayor parte de los próximos tres meses.

 

11 de mayo

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.

en Sabana Grande

Mientras volvían a Rincón, para evaluar la temporada y formar un equipo ganador del extraño surtido que Venegas y sus exploradores habían armado durante la Selección, Espinosa escribía.

Por el día, aunque los carros lo sacudieran a un lado y al otro mientras lidiaban con el terreno impar, escribía en rayones rápidos, atacando al papel con códigos indescifrables.

Por la noche, si lo dejaban sin conversar por bastante tiempo, hablaba con sí mismo, y en la primera parada lo encontrarían anotando todo lo que recordaba.

Ya le había dicho a Venegas que la liga, por no parecer que tenía equipo consentido, no le permitiría quedarse con Rincón, pero su salida inminente no era la única causa de la paciencia que le mostraron los Ingenieros.

Contra viento y marea, y casi a pesar de sí mismos, habían logrado más de lo esperado.

Ingenieros ganan, 10-6. Ingenieros: 14-24.

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Cítricos de Las Marías: a quirky gold "LM" bordered in black on an orange circle, bordered in yellow, green, and yellow.

Selección #8 Carlos Valdez, sobre el cual Harvey Danger nunca escribió una canción, logra la primera blanqueada de su carrera más que mediocre al permitirle a los Combatientes sólo dos imparables, ponchando a dos y sin otorgar base.

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.

Aunque el inicialista Carlos García, quien fue elegido #900 en la Selección, es todo un mantequillazo, logra ser titular de Vega Baja por el año entero—primera y última temporada con ese honor.

Hoy, los Guabaleros sirven de público para su único juego famoso, donde logra una línea 5-5 con dos tripletes, anotando cuatro carreras y añadiendo cuatro más.

The logo of the Guardianes de Dorado: a green "D" in fancy script on a black circle gridded with green, bordered in green.

El antesalista Guillermo Mendoza queda lesionado por cuatro semanas después de caerse corriendo hacia la segunda base. Casi se rompe costillas múltiples cuando se estrella contra la base.

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

Hace sólo un día, el guardabosque central Andrés González, la promesa #15 de la liga, no juzgó bien cómo deslizarse hacia tercera base y aterrizó boca arriba al abollarse contra un jugador de cuadro especialmente carnoso. Hoy comienza cuatro semanas de recuperación, pues una hernia discal lo pone en el banco.

 

12 de mayo

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Grises de Humacao: a tall "H" in dark gray, bordered in black, on a silver circle studded with gray, bordered in navy, cyan, then navy.

The logo of the Titanes de Morovis: a capital "M" in gold narrow type, bordered in black and pink against a brown circle with black diagonal lines, bordered in black and gold.

Dos rachas más se acaban. Esta vez son del inicialista Gris Carlos Figueroa, a quien los Leones detuvieron con 20 partidos consecutivos, y el guardabosque izquierdo de Morovis, Manuel Gil, quien se enfrió contra los Guardacostas después de lograr por lo menos un imparable en 21 partidos seguidos.

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

En Loíza, donde los Vejigantes van cerrando una temporada de 10-28 con un equipo de lanzadores verdaderamente horripilante—aparentemente, la efectividad del equipo era 5.44—Tomás Samayoa está jugando otro juego solito, y como es Samayoa, le va muy bien.

Logra sólo un sencillo contra los Llanerospero ese imparable le continúa la racha por 35 partidos consecutivos.

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 campocorto Ricardo Piedra se abolla entre primera y segunda base, y descubre que no puede caminar sin dolor. Aunque no le importe a Culebra, queda embancado por cuatro 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.

Puede que esta sea la lesión más cómica de la temporada.

Durante el último juego de Río Grande, el antesalista Raúl “El Fértil” Vásquez intenta detener a un adversario que se va deslizando hacia su base. Decide hacerlo con su . . . codo. No se sabe cómo lo hizo, pero hay que imaginarse que lo usó como ariete. 

Vásquez, quien parece estar tan adolorido que no puede tirar la bola aunque sea una corta distancia, queda embancado por lo menos cuatro semanas, mientras los entrenadores intentan determinar cómo ayudar. Las Cotorras no lo necesitan, tanto por el fin de la temporada como porque no están ni cerca del torneo.

Unos días después, uno de los médicos llega temprano a la casa de Vásquez para una cita—y lo pilla jugando con sus numerosos hijes, sin seña alguna del dolor de hombro que había dicho era inaguantable.

Después de pagar el resto de su salario de temporada, las Cotorras lo quitan.

 

13 de mayo

el resto de la liga

The logo of the Corsos de Yauco: an orange "Y" in a slightly rounded sans serif font, bordered in white and black, on a navy circle bordered in orange, white, orange.

Después de terminar con un historial 19-19, los Corsos, quienes se rezagaron detrás de los Eléctricos, líderes de la liga, y los Petroleros invitados, se convierten en el equipo más reciente en admitir su derrota en la Gaceta.

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.

A punto de terminar su primera temporada con un promedio .403, el guardabosque central Gil Avelar le come los dulces a los Guabaleros con la raya en 6-7, cifra que incluye dos dobletes, dos carreras anotadas, y dos más impulsadas.

 

 

14 de mayo

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.

Al chocarse con un corredor, el camarero Ramón Gómez sale del juego con espasmos musculares. Luego llega el diagnóstico favorito de un equipo que acaba de entrar al torneo: necesitará seis semanas para recuperarse.

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