Pair of Tigers Lead Title Effort in Venezuela

The bats of Harold Castro and Victor Padron have been of great importance in championship aspirations of the Tigers, who finished in first place in the division B of the Liga Paralela with a record of 25 wins and 22 losses.

The Tigers had to overcome a couple of times at La Guaira (Both wins were by the same score 4-3) to advance to the finals series, which start Thursday to the best of three games without rest between days.

Padron finished second in the batting race of the Liga Paralela during the regular season to accumulate a .363 average in 45 games, while leading the league with 66 singles. He also chipped in 9 RBIs. "I work hard every day, go out with heart, humility and to help the entire team", said the 19- year-old to

Meanwhile, Harold Castro defined the second game of the semifinal B with an RBI triple for the winning run in the 11th inning and continues showing his talent to hit the ball. The infielder recorded a .359 average this season, with 28 singles, 6 doubles, a triple, three homers and 13 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .577.

From the mound, Eduardo Jimenez is who has made the order. The right-hander in 10 appearances added three wins and two losses for a 1.13 ERA in 39.2 IP, with 5 earned runs and 35 strikeouts. The young player said his performance is due to the hard work done daily with pitching coach of the Detroit Academy of Venezuela, Carlos Bohorquez.

The Tigers will have to fight for the trophy with Leones del Caracas, who added two wins in three games with Detroit in the regular season and showed the best record in the classification of Division A with 31 wins and only 11 losses.

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