This Day In Baseball February 5
Events for February 5
The Boston Braves obtain outfielder Tommy Holmes from the New York Yankees for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore in one of the best trades in Braves history. Hassett will hit .284, then join the Navy and never make it back to the major leagues. The much-traveled Moore will never play for the Yankees. Holmes couldn’t break into New York’s All-Star line-up, but he will be a .302 career hitter and will lead the Braves to the National League pennant in 1948.
California governor Earl Warren denies the rumor that he is being considered to be baseball’s next commissioner. The former vice-presidential candidate, who was Thomas Dewey’s running mate on the Republican ticket in the last election, will be confirmed as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States in 1954.
Troy Percival’s seven-year tenure with Anaheim, which is the longest on the current roster, will increase when the All-Star reliever signs a two-year contract extension to stay with the club. The 32 year-old right-hander, who is the Angels’ all-time leader with 210 career saves, converted 39 of 42 save opportunities last season.
The Astros file a motion in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, asking the court to determine whether the 30-year naming agreement with Enron signed in 1999 should continue. The team does not want to call its stadium Enron Field any longer, due to the financial burden placed on many Houston-area residents caused by the bankrupt energy company’s business practices.
The Houston Astros file a motion in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, asking the court to determine whether the 30-year naming agreement with Enron signed in 1999 should continue. The team does not want to call its stadium Enron Field any longer due to the financial burden placed on many Houston-area residents caused by the bankrupt energy company’s disputable business practices.
The Tigres del Licey remain unbeaten in the 2008 Caribbean Series, topping the Tigres de Aragua in a 2 – 1 pitching duel. Rosman Garcia and Francisco Rosario, the starting pitchers, do not allow a run. Licey breaks the tie in the 7th when Jose Offerman comes home on what almost is an inning-ending double play. In the 8th, Aragua ties it on a homer by Alex Delgado, but a Nelson Cruz homer in the bottom of the inning gives Licey and Jesus Colome the victory. Carlos Marmol pitches a 1-2-3 9th inning for his second save of the Series.
In the other Caribbean Series game, Hermosillo’s Vinny Castilla continues to play as if he accidentally stumbled upon the fountain of youth. The 42-year-old member of the Colorado Rockies’ front office, who had retired from winter league play in 2007, drives home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 3 – 2 win over Caracas. Karim Garcia homers for the winners, while Michael Ryan goes yard to open the score for Caracas.
In the 2010 Caribbean Series, Danny Valencia goes 2 for 4 with 3 RBI to lead Mayaguez to a 7 – 3 win over Escogido, handing the Dominican League representatives their first loss of the tournament. Randy Ruiz also continues his hot hitting for the Puerto Ricans, reaching base four times with 2 hits and 2 walks and scoring twice, while Jesus Feliciano goes 2 for 5.
2011 – Obregón defeats Toros del Este, 6 – 3, to move to 3 and 1 in the 2011 Caribbean Series and take the overall lead in the tournament. Jorge Vazquez hits a three-run homer in the top of the 9th for the winners. In the other game, Caguas takes advantage of wildness by Anzoátegui’s Jean Toledo, scoring twice on bases-loaded walks in the top of the 10th inning. The Puerto Ricans win, 4 – 2, in a game that goes on until 3 AM after starting two hours late as a result of a rain delay in the opener.
The Dominican Republic’s Leones del Escogido continue their domination of the 2012 Caribbean Series with a 2 – 0 win over Mexico’s Yaquis de Obregón, upping their record to 4-0. Francisco Liriano overcomes some early wildness, when he walks four over the first two innings, but settles down to pitch five scoreless frames; the unlucky loser is Edgar Gonzalez, who only gives up 2 hits over 6 innings, but his teammates only get 5 safeties and can’t scrape a run off the Leones’ hurlers.
The Leones del Escogido would have won the 2013 Caribbean Series under the prior format; under the format put in place this year, they win a spot in the finals when they beat the Yaquis de Obregón, 11 – 6, with a seven-run 8th-inning rally., Oscar Villarreal takes the loss and Luis Ayala is on the hill for the final five runs. Leadoff hitter José Ramírez’s three-run homer is the capping blow. Obregón wastes a tremendous performance in relief by 21-year-old David Reyes, who retires all 13 batters he faces, including 7 by strikeout. In the other game, Puerto Rico’s Criollos de Caguas continue to rebound, winning their second straight after an 0-3 start, as Efrain Nieves and three relievers contain the Navegantes del Magallanes in a 4 – 1 win. All three teams other than Escogido are now tied at 2-3 and can still hope to claim the other spot in the finals.
In the 2014 Caribbean Series, the first round of competition comes to a close with Cuba (not playing today) failing to make the cut. The Navegantes del Magallanes finally lose, 5 – 4, to the Indios de Mayagüez as starter Carlos Monasterios stumbles. Alberto Callaspo gets 3 hits, including a three-run homer, in a losing cause, while Randy Ruiz has 3 hits for the victors. In the early game, Claudio Vargas allows only two hits in six innings for the Tigres del Licey but they nearly lose to the Naranjeros de Hermosillo due to a leaky bullpen; Licey escapes with a 7 – 6 win.
At the 2015 Caribbean Series, Gigantes del Cibao rally for two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning against Culiacan to claim a 3 – 2 win; Elian Herrera has the game-winning hit. Earlier today, Anzoátegui defeats Pinar del Río, 6 – 2, behind a homer and 2 RBIs by Balbino Fuenmayor, but the Cubans still advance to the next round in spite of a 1-3 record, thanks to their earlier win over host team Santurce. The winless Puerto Ricans are eliminated from further contention even though they still have a first-round game left to play.
2016 – Mazatlan continued its unbeaten run in the 2016 Caribbean Series, improving to 4-0 with an 8 – 4 win over Santurce. Jeremias Pineda and Justin Greene hit RBI doubles during a six-run 8th inning to give the Mexicans the win. In the other game, Ciego de Ávila wins the batle of winless teams, 4 – 2 in 11 innings over Escogido to eliminate the host team. Jose Adolis Garcia drives in a pair of runs for the Cubans.
2017 – In the 2017 Caribbean Series, Tigres de Aragua defeat Tigres del Licey, 4 – 3, thanks to a three-run rally in the bottom of the 8th. The big blow is a two-run homer by Rene Reyes. Licey’s loss is the 10th straight by a team representing the Dominican League over the past three Caribbean Series. In the other game, Alazanes de Granma defeat Aguilas de Mexicali, 4 – 0, as Alfredo Despaigne hits a three-run homer in the 5th and William Saavedra adds a solo shot to support the pitching of Vladimir Banos.
2018 – In the 2018 Caribbean Series, Criollos de Caguas hit four homers to defeat Caribes de Anzoátegui, 12 – 7. David Vidal hits one of the long balls and drives in four runs for the winners. In the other game, Aguilas Cibaenas defeat Alazanes de Granma, 7 – 1, behind the pitching of Bryan Evans and a two-run homer by Junior Lake. Today’s results mean that Tomateros de Culiacán, who represent the host country Mexico, are eliminated from further contention in spite of being inactive as they have lost all three of their games, while each of the four other teams has won twice.
On the second day of the 2019 Caribbean Series, the Toros de Herrera, the first team to represent Panama in the event since 1960, start off their tournament on a good note by defeating Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Republic, 4 – 2. Rodrigo Orozco Jr. hits a tie-breaking RBI single in the 7th, driving in Jonathan Galvez. In the opening game, Lazaro Blanco pitches 7 scoreless innings and Alfredo Despaigne has 3 RBIs as Cuba’s Leñadores de Las Tunas also win their first game, 3 – 1, over the Charros de Jalisco, representing the Mexican Pacific League.
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