Escogido Rallies for Dominican Championship

Escogido (5-4) 6 Aguilas (4-5) 5

Aguilas almost rode the pitching of Raul Valdes to the championship, but he was removed after six innings of work with Aguilas up 4-1.  The bullpen failed to hold the lead.  Escogido rallied for three runs in the eighth to to take a 5-4 lead, the go ahead run scoring after a throwing error by shortstop Pedro Ciriaco.  Aguilas tied it in the top of the ninth on a 2-out Jessie Gutierrez homerun, but Andy Dirks delivered a clutch a 2-out base hit that wiggled its way to centerfield for the game winning run.  Miguel Batista took the loss and though his line shows he walked three batters, they were all intentional.

Hector Luna and Miguel Tejeda had hit back to back homeruns in the second inning to give Aguilas a 2-0 lead.  They scored single runs in the third and fourth to take a 4-0 lead and life looked rosy for the Cibaenas fans who had traveled from Santiago to Santo Domingo to see their team win.  They failed to score against Aneury Rodriguez, who pitched three plus innings of shutout ball to allow Escogido to get back in the game.  Fernando Rodney got credit for the win after he gave up the homerun in the top of the ninth to blow the save.

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