Rattler Alumni Report – Aussie Playoff & Caribbean Series Edition
The two former Timber Rattlers in the Australia Baseball League Preliminary Final were on the losing side. The evergreen Carlos Maldonado was on the winning side in the Venezuelan Championship series and there are a few ex-Rattlers participating in the Caribbean Series that started in Hermosilla, Mexico over the weekend.
TO THE REPORT!
The Syndey Blue Sox lost a doubleheader to the Perth Heat in the ABL Preliminary Final to get swept out of the playoffs. Yep. Game one was rained out and they played a doubleheader for the playoffs.
Craig Anderson was the game one starter for Sydney. He pitched well, but got a no decision. Chris Snelling played in both games, but left for a pinch runner in the second inning of game two. According to the play-by-play, Snelling tagged from second and made third base on a flyball to center and was replaced. I hope he didn’t get hurt again.
SYDNEY BLUE SOX:
Craig Anderson: 6.oIP, 5H, R, 2BB, K, No Decision
Chris Snelling: 2g, 2-for-4, 2B, single, walk
Navagantes Magallanes defeated Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuela Championship Series 4 games to 3 with former Rattler Carlos Maldonado (1997, 1998, 1999) providing a big spark for Magallanes in the deciding game. (Highlights of Game Seven from ESPN Desportes HERE). Also, Austin Bibens-Dirkx got the call to appear in a game for Magallanes after pitching for Zulia in the Venezuelan regular season.
Carlos Maldonado: 13g, .243/.420/.378; HR, 6RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 0-0, 15.00ERA; 1g, 1gs; 3.0IP, 7H, 5R, BB, K
Oswaldo Navarro: 5g; .125/.222/.500; HR, 3RBI
Luis Valbuena: 23g; .341/.412/.549; 4HR, 21RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38; 5g; 2.2IP, 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00; 12g; 10.2IP, 3BB, 13K
The Caribbean series stated over the weekend. The Dominican Republic is off to a 3-0 start in the four-team, double round robin tournament. Follow the series on this site off the main mlb.com site.
Efrain Nieves has appeared in a game for Puerto Rico. Austin Bibens-Dirkx is on the roster for Venezuela, but has not appeared in a game yet.
Efrain Nieves: 1g, IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K