Yohander Méndez had a brilliant start and the Navegantes del Magallanes offense hit four home runs to earn a valuable 6-0 victory over Caribes de Anzoátegui on Friday, in their penultimate round-robin match.
The Navegantes have secured at least one extra game on Monday for a place in the final of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. They close their participation on Sunday and need to defeat the Leones del Caracas, already eliminated, to ensure their place in the final of the circuit.
Méndez (2-0), covered five blank chapters with just one hit and four strikeouts to win the match. Henry Centeno (2-2) fell, punished with four runs and four hits in just one inning and two thirds.
Leonardo Reginatto hit two solo home runs, Ángel Reyes chipped in a solo homer and Arturo Nieto also knocked it out of the park with no baserunners to stand out in the Navegantes’ offense.
In Maracay, the Leones del Caracas relied on a brilliant opening by Aliangel López to beat the Tigres de Aragua 3-1 in a duel between two teams with no chance of reaching the final.
Lopez (1-1) pitched seven powerful shutout innings, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts to earn the win. The disaster was for Elih Villanueva (0-2), after conceding two runs and four hits in five chapters.
On offense, Wilfredo Tovar stood out, 5-2 with two RBIs, and Romer Cuadrado with a solo home run.
In the final stretch of the round of all against all that defines the two finalists of the tournament, the Caribes de Anzoátegui remain on top with a 9-5 mark, followed by Navegantes (9-6) and Cardenales (8-6). ) struggling to access the final. They are escorted by Leones (5-9) and Tigres (5-10) already eliminated.