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Miguel Cabrera’s two homers lead Venezuela past Mets

Mar 6, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

Miguel Cabrera, Asdrubal Cabrera AP

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and Gerardo Parra added a three-run shot as Venezuela beat the Mets 14-10 in an exhibition Thursday.

Marlon Byrd homered as part of a seven-run fifth inning for the Mets, but Venezuela had already totaled 12 runs by that point.

Featuring perhaps the most well balanced lineup among the WBC teams, Venezuela is a threat to win the tournament if its pitching holds up. It’s top arms weren’t on display today, though: Ramon A. Ramirez, a brief big leaguer with the Reds in 2008-09, started and threw three scoreless innings. Byrd’s homer came off former major leaguer Romulo Sanchez.

Besides Cabrera and Parra, Santiago Perez (3-for-4, three runs scored), Carlos Gonzalez (2-for-3, 2B, BB) and Omar Infante (2-for-4, three RBI) had nice days for Venezuela. Mets starter Jon Niese was touched up for four runs in 2 1/3 innings, while Carlos Torres gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    MVWBCP?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Hell, yeah! Miggy!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • El Bravo - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        They have the most dominate pitcher and the most dominant hitter over the last 2-3 seasons. Why haven’t they won 2-3 World Series??

      • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        My Tigers, you mean?

      • paperlions - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Because baseball is not basketball…..having the best pitcher and hitter is nice…..but not sufficient.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        The correct answer is: Brandon Inge, Ryan Raburn, Jose Valverde, Don Kelly, Delmon Young, & Gerald Laird.

      • joerymi - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        I think they need to stop sweeping ALCS’.

  2. geoknows - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Wait a minute, I’m confused…Venezuela beat the Mets on Thursday? Are you talking about last week?

    Plus I don’t find a Santiago Perez on Venezuela’s roster. Might that be Salvador Perez?

  3. thebadguyswon - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Damn….if that field goal would have been a touchdown, the Mets could have forced overtime.

    • gigab0t - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      If it weren’t for my horse…

  4. weaselpuppy - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Whatever…the baserunning and d components of WBCWAR assure me that Yoshiuo Itoi will be the WBCMVP Miggy only gets old man stats….

    re; his 2 HR, maybe Miggy was just fired up that Hugo Arafat-Qaddafi Chavez’s need for air conditioning just went hockey stick on the logarithmic chart….

  5. historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Thank you, Matthew for our daily dose of Tigers awesomeness. <3

  6. papacrick - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Cabrera went 3-4 yesterday as well. Against the Marlins he had two doubles and a home run

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