Navegantes blanks Caracas and consolidates leadership in LVBP playoffs

Yohander Méndez delivered a brilliant opening to guide the Navegantes del Magallanes to a 5-0 victory over the Leones del Caracas on Tuesday, with which they consolidated the lead in the Round Robin of the Venezuelan Baseball League, which awards two tickets to the Final Series of the circuit.

Mendez (1-0) pitched five one-hitter innings to claim victory and four relievers combined to retire the final four innings in order in total dominance of the Navigators’ bullpen. The setback went to Yoimer Camacho’s record (0-1) after allowing four touchdowns and five hits in four innings.

Angel Reyes hit a solo home run, Nellie Rodriguez hit a one-run RBI double and Major League Baseball player Pablo Sandoval drove in a run and scored another despite not hitting in four innings.

In Puerto La Cruz, the Caribes de Anzoátegui unleashed a furious 19-hit offense to overwhelm the Tigres de Aragua 12-4.

Rafael Ortega was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs, Asdrúbal Cabrera was 5-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs and Oswaldo Arcia was 3-for-3 with a triple, one homer, two RBIs and three runs scored for lead the productive Caribs attack.

Henry Centeno (2-0) scored the victory with work of five innings and a third of three runs and five hits, and Guillermo Moscoso (0-1) lost, punished with five annotations and seven indisputable in three innings and a third.

Navigators lead the Round Robin with a 5-2 record, followed by the Caribs and Cardinals with 4-2, Tigers with 2-5 and Lions with 1-5.