Escogido Remains Undefeated

Escogido Leones (3-0) 4 Gigantes (0-3) 1

Nelson Figeroa tossed seven innings of one run ball to keep the Leones undefeated and the Gigantes without a win.  Julio Lugo raked out three hits, scoring a run and driving in a run, while Andy Dirks scored twice in the 4-1 win.  John Halama got the start for the Gigantes but was touched for eight hits and three runs in his five innings of work.  Nelson Payano struck out two of the three hitters he faced to pick up the save.

Aguilas (2-1) 4 Licey (1-2) 1

Aguilas beat their bitter rival Licey by the identical 4-1 score.  Raul Valdes went six innings, giving up four hits and a run.  He didn’t get the decision because the score was 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.  Francisley Bueno had tossed five innings of shutout ball for Licey but was replaced by Cristhian Martinez to pitch the sixth.  Cristhian gave up a homerun to Wilin Rosario to tie the game at 1-1.  In the next inning he gave up a bunt single to Pedro Ciriaco.  He was gone after a single by Joaquin Arias put runners on first and third, but took the loss after Atahualpa Severino hit Brandon Moss with a pitch while the bases were filled with Eagles to bring in the go ahead run.  Aguilas pulled away in the eighth with Pedro Ciriaco leading the charge again with a 2-out triple.  Elian Herrera drove him in with a double, advancing to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.  That left it to Miguel Batista to retire the side in order in the top of the ninth to pick up the save.  New Yankee Rule V pick up Cesar Cabral got the win by striking out the only hitter he faced in the top of the seventh.

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