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May Day! Cubans in Canada

Havana Leones

Havana Leones

by "Che"
Legends League correspondent
El Habanero


José MendezThe Havana professional ballclub traveled to Toronto for a single game to open the month of May. Numero Uno starter, José "Black Diamond" Mendez took the mound, and was masterful through most of the game. Striking out 4 in the first two innings, and 7 for his eight and two-thirds of work, he was rarely in trouble. However, two rain delays finally took their toll, and Mendez needed help to finish the game.

Larry Walker lashed a triple down the right field line in the 9th, and scored on a ground ball to Cepeda at short. After Kinugasa singled, and was replaced at first by pinch-runner Dave Concepcion, José Mesa came in to get the last out. Mesa threw several times over to first to try to pick off Concepcion, but after almost throwing it away on one attempt he decided to focus on the batter. One pitch and an easy groundout later, and Mesa had his 6th Save of the season.

Mendez ran his mark to 3-1, 3.67, while Lon Warneke pitching in his first game of the season did well but took the loss. Clemente lifted his second home run of the season in the 2nd inning, while Mendez himself scored the necessary insurance run by being driven in by Dihigo after
lining a double through the outfield.

5/1/2004, HAV05-TOR05, Exhibition Stadium (1977-88)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Leones 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 9 2 7 1
2005 Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 5 0

Leones AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Carew 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269 13 1 0 0
Dihigo 2b 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .330 1 4 1 0
Oms cf 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .404 3 0 0 0
Torriente lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .371 0 0 0 0
Clemente rf 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .347 0 0 0 0
Cepeda,P ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 1 6 1 0
Perez,T 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0 1 0 0
Fernandez, J c 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .327 8 0 0 0
Vargas pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265 0 0 0 0
Pena,T c 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 0 0 0 0
Mendez p 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .071 1 3 0 0
Mesa p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
34 2 9 2 2 0 1 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 27 15 2 0

Blue Jays AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Jeter ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278 1 4 0 0
Kelley lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212 1 0 0 0
Walker,L rf 4 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .276 2 0 0 0
Oh 1b 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284 13 1 0 0
Baker,F 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .216 0 2 1 0
Ramirez ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .298 0 0 0 0
Kinugasa 3b 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 0 0 0 0
Concepcion pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Sosa cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .184 2 0 0 0
Alfonzo 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284 3 3 0 0
Boone,Bo c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3 1 0 0
Guerrero,V ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .118 0 0 0 0
Rodriguez,I c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 1 0 0 0
Warneke p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 3 0 0
Vaughn,M ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0 0 0 0
Leiter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0
32 1 4 1 0 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 15 1 0

Leones INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Mendez W 3-1 8.2 4 1 1 1 7 116 79 32 0 0 0 0 1 3.67
Mesa S 6 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.45
9.0 4 1 1 1 7 117 80 33 0 0 0 0 1

Blue Jays INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Warneke L 0-1 8.0 7 2 2 1 3 109 75 31 1 0 0 0 0 2.25
Leiter 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 17 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 3.60
9.0 9 2 2 1 4 126 87 36 1 0 0 0 0

HAV: Vargas ran for Fernandez, J in the 7th
Pena,T inserted at c in the 7th
TOR: Ramirez batted for Baker,F in the 7th
Kinugasa inserted at 3b in the 8th
Guerrero,V batted for Boone,Bo in the 8th
Vaughn,M batted for Warneke in the 8th
Rodriguez,I inserted at c in the 9th
Concepcion ran for Kinugasa in the 9th

GWRBI: Clemente
Temperature: 47, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: out to right at 12 MPH,
Rain Delays: 37 and 10 minutes.
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