Curacao wins first extra-inning game of '05 LLWS

Updated: August 20, 2005, 9:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Rudmichaell Brandao raced home on a sacrifice fly to score the go-ahead run to give Willemstad, Curacao (1-0) the win over Valencia, Venezuela (0-1) in the first extra-inning game of this year's series in a 5-4 eight-inning victory.

With the bases loaded and one out, Sorick Liberia hit a fly ball to center field. Brandeo took off after the catch and the throw appeared to arrive at home plate at the same time but it bounced away from the catcher.

"I thought the runner left early, but you never know what the umpire saw," said Richard Alvarez, manager of Venezuela, the Latin America champs.

Alvarez' son, Richard Jr., hit a grand slam in the fifth inning for Venezuela, the Latin America champs, to tie the game at 4.

Liberia also homered and singled for Curacao, this year's Caribbean champs.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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