Jobe Reyes tossed a complete game and Juan Tenorio drove in two runs in an 11-run scoring binge as Titanium cruised to a 17-2 win over the Indians in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League last Wednesday night at the Francisco M. Palacios Ballfield.
Reyes struck out eight and gave up only one earned run—a John Acosta RBI single that brought in Ian Lizama at the top of the fourth—in a no-relief job in six innings. The Titanium pitcher had three hits with no walks.
Rob Tudela, leading off for the Indians in the sixth, scored the other run on an error by Titanium catcher Jerald Cabrera.
Reyes, still in the sixth, fanned out Lizama, while Perry Cellis had a sacrifice bunt for a quick two outs before E.J. Tenorio had a single and moved to second on Titanium’s third error in the game. The game then ended when Reyes forced Vince Sablan to ground out to third baseman Tindin Leon Guerrero, who fielded the ball cleanly to Joe Palacios at first base.
Juan Tenorio, meanwhile, highlighted Titanium’s 11-run rampage at the bottom of the sixth to turn a 6-2 lead to an early win via 10-run rule.
Tenorio, with the bases loaded, had a two-RBI single to highlight Titanium’s barrage of runs, bringing in Palacios and Bryan Iglecias, who walked and singled, respectively. Austin Benavente had a fielder’s choice to load up the base.
The Bernard Cabrera-managed squad also capitalized on the Indians’ nine errors in the sixth inning with Leon Guerrero, Isiah Lizama, and Brian Camacho reaching home plate and Jerald Cabrera scoring on an Aaron Benavente wild pitch. The Indians had a total of 17 errors as they committed eight in the first five innings—five in the fifth inning alone.
Titanium evened its record to 2-2 and is back on track after absorbing two straight losses against the Falcons (8-2 on March 8) and the C.K. Bears (17-11 on Feb. 27). Titanium opened its season with a 12-7 beating of the Mariners last Feb. 16.
The Indians, on the other hand, are winless in four games. The Indians’ other losses were against the Bears (21-0) last Feb. 19, the defending champion Aces (9-2, Feb. 28), and the Blue Jays (18-8, March 5). They gave up an average of 16 runs per game.