Team Beisbol Venezuela U23 still does not know defeat, by beating Nicaragua 6 to 3, it remains the leader of Group B and caresses the second round.
Again the good pitching of Venezuela made the difference, from the starter Luis Ojeda, who in 3.2 innings allowed just two hits and an earned run, setting the course of the game.
Timely hitting in the second inning allowed the Team go up 2 to 0, hits from Carlos Rodríguez and Jesús Lujano brought the first runs for the Venezuelan team.
The lead became 5-0 in the third inning when Juan Fernández’s two-run homer (going 3-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs) would end up being key. Antonio Piñero (3-1 with an RBI) put the other in the inning.
“They threw a straight inside me, I was waiting for a good pitching in the zone and the contact came out with the expected result,” said Juan Fernández.
Nicaragua made the duel interesting with one in the fourth and two in the sixth that brought the score closer to 5 to 3 entering the seventh. But Juan Fernández reappeared with a doublet that increased the difference of the Creoles to 6 to 3.
“We were able to get the victory, it was a game in which Nicaragua was always there, but we kept our heads high. It feels very good to remain undefeated, focused on the same plan to keep winning ”continued Juan Fernández.
Carlos Valero would complete a height relief by throwing 1.1 blank innings, without receiving hits, without giving away tickets and striking out three, to achieve the third Creole victory in a row.
“Once they called me to the bullpen I prepared myself mentally, with my best pitching being the fastball and the change as secondary. I executed the plan as I wanted ”said Carlos Valero after the duel. “You have to be cold-blooded, I came psyched to throw in the zone, I knew that if I put the straight I could withdraw them with the change” he concluded.