By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
Tiburones de La Guaira bounced back in the Liga Venezolano Beisbol Profesional championship series, beating Leones de Caracas 7-1 in front of their home fans at Estadio Forum La Guaira.
Tiburones manager Henry Blanco put Eric Leal go out to the mound, and was rewarded when Leal went six innings, allowing three hits, no earned runs, walking two and striking out four batters.
In the bottom of the first inning, Balbino Fuenmayor doubled down the left line, scoring Maikel Garcia for the game’s first run for La Guaira.
During the bottom of the third, Danry Vasquez gave Tiburones some insurance, roping a single to left field scoring Garcia to make the score 2-0. Leones starting pitcher J.C. Ramirez was taken out during the middle of the third inning after pitching 2.1 innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs, walking no batters, and striking out one.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Wilson Garcia launched a solo home run to right center field and Tiburones went up 3-0.
The Tiburones offense did not look back the rest of the way, smacking 12 hits and routing Leones at home 7-1. The Tiburones bullpen combined to allow three hits after Leal was taken out, walking one batter, striking out two and allowing one earned run.
The starting pitchers for tonight’s game four are Mario Sanchez for Leones and Aldo Montes for Tiburones.
Game four is tonight at Estadio Forum La Guaira streaming on BeisbolPlay.com with a subscription starting 6 p.m. EST.