SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Roberto Valera made the
wait worthwhile for Lara, Venezuela.
Valera's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted
the Latin American champion to a 1-0 victory over Saipan in a
rain-suspended Pool C contest.
The game had been suspended after 7 ½ scoreless innings on
When play resumed Monday, Saipan reliever Joseph Palacios struck
out Eduardo Perozo but walked Jordy Freitez, who moved to
second on a passed ball. After Manuel Barrios struck out,
Valera sent Palacios' 2-2 offering up the middle to score
Freitez, who crossed the plate to end the contest.
Barrios had allowed just four singles and a walk while striking
out 16 in six innings Saturday for Lara (1-0). Alexander
Ramirez was the winning pitcher after striking out three in two
hitless innings of relief.
Lara will face Surrey, British Columbia later Monday.
Starter Harry Nakamura yielded just two singles and two walks
with eight strikeouts in six frames for Pacific champion Saipan
(0-2), which lost to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on Sunday.