Raul Valdes (Cardinals) continued a strong winter campaign and pitched a complete game for the Toros. See an article about Valdes and his future with the Cardinals here. Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado had a good game behind the plate catching for Valdes and also had an RBI at the plate. Jose Constanza (Braves) also had two RBI for the Toros and Danny Richar (Marlins) was 3-4 with two runs. Constanza hit .319 with the Braves AAA team and made the International League All-Star team, and Richar has been very successful with the Marlins AAA team, so the Dominican Baseball Guy expects to see both in the big leagues soon.
|Valdes pitches a complete game|
|Coats exits as his manager continues the argument with the home plate umpire|
The incident goes to show that these games are very important for everyone involved. For many of these players these are the biggest games and the most intense atmosphere they have had the chance to play in, and this is true for veteran Americans like Coats and Kevin Barker of the Toros.
Game two is tomorrow night in San Pedro de Macoris.