Leones del Escogido force second game with victory against Águilas

The scarlets punished Carlos Martínez early to stay alive in the Play-In and will face the Cibaeños in a crucial match this Monday at the Quisqueya

With two towed of Ivan Castillo and solid work from the pitching staff, the Leones del Escogido defeated the Eagles 12-9 in the first Play-In game and earned the right to play a second game.

The board was released at the top of the third episode with a double by Yainer Díaz, followed by a single by Luis Liberato and Francisco Urbáez was beaten by Carlos Martínez to fill the pads.

Engel Beltré was traded to piggyback the Reds’ first round and then came a single to right field that brought in a couple more runs for the Escogido. Aderlin Castillo shot from indisputable to left field to add the fourth for the Reds.

The Eagles answered in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of Urbáez’s errors in the anteroom and Juan Lagares drove in a couple of runs to cut the lead.

In the third, the locals narrowly approached with an RBI single by Luis Valenzuela. The Lions extended the lead in the sixth inning, taking advantage of situations and errors to score a couple more runs and in the seventh, by selection, Iván Castillo was number 7 for the Lions.

Iván Nova threw three innings and a third of four hits and a single earned run, with one walk and no strikeouts, while “El Tsunamy” threw for two full innings and on the way to the third inning he was punished with 4 earned laps, equal number of hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

The Lions wanted to secure the game by scoring five laps in the ninth inning, taking advantage of closer Neftalí Féliz’s lack of control, and the Eagles wanted to come back but fell short, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of that same inning.

The visitors had 15 hits and made four errors, while the homeowners hit 10 hits.

The best for the Chosen One were Iván Castillo 5-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Aderlin Rodríguez 4-2 with two RBIs and Yainer Díaz 5-2.