SANTO DOMINGO – Sandber Pimentel fired a three-run homer in the ninth inning, for the Eastern Stars to come from behind and leave the Gigantes del Cibao on the field, whom they defeated this Sunday 6-4, on the eleventh day of the semifinal of the Dominican winter baseball championship.
With the winning homer of Pimentel, it is the third day in a row, in which a game is defined with a home run to leave the rival on the ground, in the Dominican baseball tournament. On Friday the Tigres del Licey did it against the Cibaeñas Eagles, on Saturday the Giants did it again against the Eagles and this Sunday the Stars did it.
With the greens below on the scoreboard (3-4), in the ninth inning, with men in first and third and one out, Pimentel, who entered the game to replace Yamaico Navarro, reached the plate and the ball disappeared from the park before pitcher Ryan Kussmaul (1-1), to give his team victory, before his audience at the Tetelo Vargas stadium, in San Pedro de Macorís (east).
The Orientals took the lead in the first chapter of the match, on an RBI single by Navarro.
The Giants responded with three touchdowns in the fourth, on a career RBI single by Carlos Peguero and an unstoppable second by Melvin Mercedes, who took two more laps to the register.
The colts added one more run in the fifth, when Moisés Sierra doubled down the left field wing.
The elephants charged again at the close of the fifth, when Major League Baseball player Robinson Canó chartered a two-run RBI double, bringing the action closer to 3-4, setting the stage for Pimentel’s winning tackle in the ninth. entry.
This was the second time in a row that a reliever for the Colts allowed a home run in the ninth inning, as happened in Saturday’s game against the Eagles, when closer Juan Minaya was punished by a full-back stick. , which tied the game, from outfielder Danry Vasquez.
Canó, with two RBIs and Pimentel, with three RBIs and the winning hit, were the main men in the Green’s offense in the match.
For the Giants, Marcell Ozuna was stopped in three, his string of games hitting a home run, but scored two laps in the game.
In Santiago (north), Eric Filia and Luis Valenzuela led the comeback of the Águilas Cibaeñas, which this Sunday defeated the Tigres del Licey 4-1, at the Cibao stadium in Santiago.
Valenzuela chartered a double into the left field that gave the Yellows a one-run lead and was followed by a two-lap RBI double from Filia, which would set the final score at the height of the seventh inning.
To win the game, which was delayed due to the rain, the guinea pigs had to come from behind, after the Blues took the lead in the first inning, by single to the central meadow by Hanley Ramírez.
Those led by Félix Fermín tied the game with an RBI shot to the middle by Jimmy Paredes in the fifth episode.
To conquer the victory, Santiago’s men had to avoid several threats, including one in the seventh inning, when with the bases loaded and a single out, reliever Jhan Mariñez struck out Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed pitcher Wandy Peralta retired for the same route to shortstop Sergio Alcántara.
The Eagles ‘pitching work was so valuable that they limited the felines’ offense to two hits in 13 at-bats with people in scoring position.
With the result of this Sunday the table of positions of the semifinal tightens, since the Stars (5-6), tied with the Tigres (5-6) in the second position, qualifying for the final, while the Eagles (4 -7), they were one game away from both, with the Giants (8-3), leading this stage of the tournament.
For this Monday, the Stars visit the Tigres in Santo Domingo and the Giants travel to Santiago to play with the Eagles.