August 20, 2012

Mexico manager Fernando Rios was suspended for two games after a player on his roster did not bat during a 4-3 victory over Taoyuan, Taiwan in the Little League World Series on Monday night.

The punishment was announced after the win. The suspension begins with Tuesday's elimination game against Curacao. Rios is not permitted to be on site for the games, but he can still oversee practices.

Little League rules require all players make an appearance at the plate.

Rios' team grabbed the lead for good against Taiwan when it scored three times in the third inning, including two on a throwing error.

Mexico loaded the bases after tying it at 2 on an error. In the next at-bat, Taiwan's catcher tried to run back a runner who had strayed off first, but the ball slipped from his hand on a fake throw and dribbled into right field. Two runs scored to give Mexico a 4-2 lead.

Chun-Hsiao Chen hit an RBI single in the fourth, but Mexico center fielder Fernando Benavides cut down the potential tying run at the plate.

Taiwan's Cheng-Feng Lee struck out 10 in a complete-game loss.

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