Winter League Playoffs 1/30 — Escogido Wins Dominican Championship
The Dominican League is the last to wrap up their Championship series. They and the winners from the other three Caribbean leagues will begin the Caribbean Series on Feb 2nd. The Dominican Republic is the host team for 2012.
Leones del Escogido 6, Aguilas Cibaenas 5
A hard-fought game, going down to the wire, just like the series. Los Aguilas took the lead with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning. They scored one run in the 3rd with a single, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly, then scored one in the 4th with a walk and a double. A double and two singles got one run back for Los Leones in the bottom of the 4th. A solo homer in the 7th brought Los Leones to a 4-2 score. They made their big move in the bottom of the 8th. Two singles and a ground out put two Escogido runners into scoring position, then a single and a sacrifice fly scored 2 runs to tie the score. After an intentional walk, the next batter grounded to short, but Los Aguilas’ SS Pedro Ciriaco made a throwing error, which allowed the go-ahead run to score. Los Aguilas were not yet ready to give up, though — they tied the game again in the top of the 9th with a solo homer. Los Leones began the bottom of the 9th with a single and a stolen base. An intentional walk put two runners on, and the next batter grounded to short. This time Ciriaco got the force out at second, but they could not turn two, leaving runners on the corners. Another single drove in the runner from third with the win and the championship for Los Leones. RF Brandon Moss and Ciriaco were both hitless in the game. Nelson Figueroa, usually a starter, pitched one inning of relief (8th) for Los Leones, retiring all three batters in order.