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Baseball Philippines: Sharks feast on Patriots in Series 9 opener

March 31, 2012 8:35pm
Manila opened its bid for a fourth straight crown with an 8-2 trouncing of Taguig at the start of the Baseball Philippines Series 9 on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
 
The three-time and reigning champion Sharks—still adjusting in the absence of their players who are Philippine national team members—paraded a four-man pitching army of starter Warren Vispo, relief pitchers Tawi Delos Reyes and Jayson Dimacutac, and closer Roy Baclay to limit the Patriots to six hits the entire game.

"It's still early in the season. We are still adjusting to our pitching rotations. We are lucky to get this win,: said Manila coach Jhoel Palanog.
 
The Sharks return to the field on Sunday when they take on the Cebu Dolphins before the league takes a long break and resume play at the Clark Field in Pampanga on April 22.
 
Alabang sneaked out an 11-inning 13-12 win over Batangas in the first game of Series 9.

Matt Laurel singled to left field to advance Adrian Bernardo home that turned out to be the game-winning run that completed the Tigers' comeback from eight runs down.
 
The Bulls had a sizzling start with an eight-run first inning but the Tigers clawed their way back in the game.
 
"Our starting pitcher started out cold but I just told the boys that it's still a long game. I guess this win was really for us," said Alabang head coach Jeffrey Santiago.
 
Dumaguete joined the opening-day winners after the Uni-bikers defeated Series 8 runner-sup Cebu Dolphins, 10-3, after five innings. The game was called off due to darkness but it was deemed official. — JVP, GMA News



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