Nice Start For Claggett, Key Doubles For Ciriaco and Noris
Leones del Escogido 6, Tigres del Licey 5 — A two-run Tigres’ rally in the bottom of the 9th fell one run short of catching up to Los Leones. C Robinzon Diaz led off with a single, and he was followed by a walk, then a triple drove in both runners. But two strikeouts ended the inning and the game for Los Tigres. DH Ronny Paulino walked in Licey’s 1-run rally in the 1st, and Paulino also singled in the 3rd. Los Tigres added a solo homer in the 5th, and another run on a walk and a triple in the 7th. Los Leones scored 2 runs in three consecutive innings, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Denny Bautista pitched 2.1 innings for Los Tigres. He finished the 5th inning, after 2 runs had scored, with a pop out. Bautista struck out the side, all swinging, in the 6th, then gave up a single in the 7th, but Diaz threw the runner out trying to steal second base.
Aguilas Cibaenas 2, Gigantes del Cibao 1 — Pitching dominated this game, with the two teams combining for only 7 hits. A walk, a double, and a single gave Los Aguilas their 2 runs in the 3rd. They had a single in the 1st inning, and had no more hits after the 3rd, though a few players reached on walks or by being hit by a pitch. Los Gigantes scored a single run in the 6th inning, on a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI single. Juan Perez pitched to one batter for Los Gigantes, and struck him out. JR House came in to catch in the 7th inning, and did not have a plate appearance. Starling Marte pinch-hit for Los Aguilas in the 7th, and he struck out, then played center field for the rest of the game.
Estrellas de Oriente 8, Toros del Este 7 — Four runs in the bottom of the 8th gave Los Estrellas the come-from-behind win. C Dusty Brown led off the 8th with a single, then was replaced by a pinch runner. Another single and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Two singles around an intentional walk brought in 2 runs each to tie and take the lead. SS Pedro Ciriaco doubled to lead off the 3rd inning for Los Toros, then scored his team’s first run on an RBI single. He also singled in the 7th inning, but did not score. Los Toros also scored 2 runs in the 4th and 3 runs in the 5th. In the 5th, two walks, two errors, and a wild pitch brought in one run and had the bases loaded for the new reliever Franquelis Osoria. Osoria gave up an RBI single, then got two outs to end the inning. Los Toros scored their final run in the 8th. Los Estrellas scored one run in the 2nd, then 2 in the 6th, and one in the 7th, before their big 8th inning.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan 5, Mayos de Navojoa 0 — Los Venados jumped out to a 3-run lead in the bottom of the 1st on CF Ruben Rivera’s 3-run homer, and that was all the scoring they needed. Rivera added some insurance with a solo homer in the 4th. RF Rogelios Noris led off the 5th inning with a double into left field, and he also scored an insurance run on a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.