Licey Salvages One Game in Dominican Championship

Yesterday Pedro Lopez was the hero. Interesting how one day can turn you from hero to goat. His error in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded allowed Licey to score the game winning run for a 7-6 win, their first after losing the first four in the best of nine championship series. Yamaico Navarro, home from Korea and soon to be living in Japan got the inning started with a single.

Escogido rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 6-6. Alex Valdez coaxed a one out walk and Escogido pitcher Fernando Rodney was ejected from the game. He had retired Licey in order in the bottom of the eighth. A Lew Ford single moved Valdez to third where he scored on a ground out to the pitcher, Ford advancing to second. Moises Sierra chopped an infield single to third, Ford scoring from second to tie the game. Escogido loaded the bases on a single and hit by pitch but Pedro Ciriaco could not drive in the go ahead run, striking out to end the inning. Pedro had singled in his three previous times up.

Navarro finished the game with three hits, scoring twice and driving in one. Jairo Asencio who blew the save by giving up two runs got credit for the win.

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