Phillies left-hander Fabio Castro started the game for the top-seeded Aguilas Cibaenas and cruised until a seventh-inning rally led to his undoing in a 5-2 round-robin loss to the Licey Tigers in the Caribbean Series. [Link]
Summarizing from an MLB.com report, the Tigres scored the game's first run off Castro in the fourth when Anderson Hernandez scored from second base on a single up the middle by Nelson Cruz. Hernandez reached base with a single to left field and advanced to second on a Castro wild pitch. After that, he cruised until the seventh when Licey scored two on a two-run double by Matt Tupman. Castro was pulled for reliever Santiago Ramirez, who promptly surrendered a two-run home run.
Castro’s final line: 6 2-3 innings, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks, 4 earned runs.
Beerleaguer: Although he took the loss, the 23-year-old lefty held own in what must be considered one of the biggest games of his life. These were the top two clubs in DWL, so the stakes were high. Established stars like Miguel Tejada, Ronnie Belliard and Edwin Encarnacion are among the players battling for bragging rights this series. There's still plenty of time for the live-armed left-hander to develop into serviceable Major League contributor, but command problems continue to limit him.