Los Gigantes del Cibao scored six times in the last three innings to defeat the Aguilas Cibaeñas, current champions of the circuit, 6-3 on Monday at the start of the round robin that will define the finalists of the Dominican Baseball League.
Hanser Alberto stood out by hitting 5-4 with a double and two RBIs, veteran Juan Francisco hit a solo home run, while Major League Baseball players José Siri, with an RBI double, and Marcell Ozuna, with an RBI single, rounded out the Giants’ offense.
Tyler Alexander allowed only one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, but was left without a decision for the Giants. The victory went to Ryan Kussmaul (1-0), who retired an enemy. The defeat went to the account of Luis Castillo (0-1) after allowing two scores and three hits in a chapter.
In San Pedro de Macorís, the Tigres del Licey exploded with a four-score attack in the fifth inning to head for a comfortable 8-3 victory over the Estrellas Orientales.
Yermín Mercedes hit 5-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, Nomar Mazara went 2-2 with two RBIs and four runs scored and René Pinto finished 4-2 with a RBI by the Tigres del Licey.
Esmil Rogers (1-0) allowed two runs and two hits in a long four-inning relief to score the win, while the setback went to Radhames Liz’s record (0-1) by conceding two touchdowns and three hits in three innings. .