Unibikers trip Sharks; Bulls clobber DolphinsBy Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
ARVIN Plaza drove home Bryan Lumbres in the bottom of the first extra inning to lead Dumaguete to an 8-7 victory over back-to-back defending champion Manila yesterday and a share of the lead in the Baseball Philippines Series 9 at the Clark Field Parade Grounds.
The Unibikers lost a 6-4 lead after six innings as the Sharks rallied with a three-run burst in the seventh but caught up in the next frame with a single run, 7-all.
The sixth win in nine outings tied Dumaguete with their victims and the Cebu Dolphins, who bowed to the Batangas Bulls, 9-2, in another match played on a nearby pitch.
Alabang downed Taguig, 5-4, in the other morning game and improved to 4-5.
Nacho Cojuangco was the winning pitcher for Batangas, issuing two hits and two walks while striking out one in three innings, where the Bulls produced seven runs.
The Dolphins missed the services of lefty ace Joseph Orillana.
Ronel Peralta gave up seven hits and seven runs in the first three innings, prompting manager Saki Bacarisas to experiment with Alpha Ian Turaray, Christian Maghanoy and Aprix Santos to no avail.
Alabang managed to stop Taguig’s solid offense in the first inning and pitcher Laurence Ruiz held sway with three strikeouts, one walks and one hit in 4 2/3 innings.
Irvin Tuazon was the losing pitcher for the Patriots, yielding 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
ALABANG—202 001 000—5 13 1
TAGUIG—300 000 001—4 5 3
BATANGAS—205 001 001—9 9 2
CEBU—000 010 100—2 7 8
MANILA—000 004 300 0—7 12 5
DUMAGUETE—010 113 100 1—8 9 2