A.J. Lizama belted his second home run this season to guide the Falcons to a 20-10 trouncing of the North Starz last Monday night in the 2015 Saipan Baseball League at the Francisco M. “Tan Ko” Palacios Baseball Field.
It was the Falcons’ second straight win to improve to 5-2 while their victims, who also dropped a 16-10 decision to the same team last month, dropped to 1-7.
Lizama, known for his pitching as he is currently in second place on the ERA list with 1.38, hit another inside-the-park homer, the fourth this season, in the Falcons’ four-run fourth inning.
It was the fifth overall round-tripper as teammate Ned Norita blasted the first outside-the-park dinger in the Falcons’ 8-5 win over the defending champion and former leader GSM Brewers last week.
Consecutive errors by the Starz in the fourth inning gave the 2007 champions’ lead off batter Lamarc Iguel the chance to reach second base safely.
Lizama, who was hit by pitch in the first, then stepped on the plate and took E.J. Tenorio’s pitch deep near the fence at the left center field. He flied out to left field in the fifth and grounded out in the sixth to finish 2-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs.
Nunu Kapileo went 2-for-2 and the Falcons designated hitter drove in three runs. Iguel scored four times, had a double, and one RBI in 3-for-5 batting, while Peter Lieto had three runs and two RBIs going 2-for-6, and Goru Iskawa, 3-for-6, made one run.
Dave Jones tossed three innings in relief holding the Starz to two runs, one earned, on two hits while fanning three and walking two. Aaron Benavente pitched for five innings surrendering eight runs, three earned, with two strikeouts and two walks.
Ian Lizama led the Starz’s offense going 2-for-5 with three runs and one RBI, while Ricardo Dela Cruz went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Nicko Martin hit a two-RBI single in the second inning.
Tenorio lasted for only one inning and was replaced by Jon Tenorio after giving up seven runs, all earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
Relief pitcher Tenorio, however, failed to stop the Falcons and was tagged with 13 runs, three earned, on 16 hits, striking out one and walking two batters.