In playoff action out of the Dominican yesterday, Starling Marte returned to his team and picked up right where he left off. He hit a two-run homer in the ninth, as his team's rally from an early 5-0 deficit fell just short in a 7-6 loss.
Starling Marte homered for the fourth time in his last five games
Marte originally left Winter his team back in early December, but returned during the playoffs. This past week, he was back in the states attending a course for rookies in the majors. During his brief four game return before the second departure, Marte homered in three of those games. He went 1-for-5 in last night's game, driving in another run with a groundout in the seventh inning. Marte has nine RBI's in his five playoff games.
There are just two days left in the round-robin tournament to decide which two teams will meet in the DWL best-of-nine championship series. Marte's Leones del Escogido team has a 9-7 record so far, second best behind the 10-6 Aguilas and just ahead of...
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