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.

Author: Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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