Estrellas endures onslaught from Águilas and consolidates 2nd position in round robin at LiDom

SANTO DOMINGO — Domingo Leyba drove in two runs and the pitching of the Estrellas Orientales resisted the revolution attempt of the Águilas Cibaeñas in the ninth inning, to win the 4-3 victory, this Tuesday in the thirteenth round of the championship semifinal of Dominican winter baseball.

With this victory, the Stars achieved their fourth consecutive victory and consolidated their position in second place in this stage, qualifying for the final of the Dominican tournament.

The easterners attacked the pitching of the yellows, scoring three runs in the first inning, led by a two-run producer by Leyba, against right-hander Carlos Martínez (0-2), in the match staged at the Cibao stadium, in Santiago (North).

The greens added their fourth run, in the fourth inning, by a single by Robinson Canó.

The yellows began to discount, scoring a return in the sixth, by bases on balls with

n the loaded bases, awarded by reliever Fernando Abad, to shortstop Ramón Torres and they added two more runs in the seventh due to Melky Cabrera’s two-run homer.

In the ninth inning, the Eagles put two runners in circulation, with one out against the closer of the greens, Diógenes Almengó, but the American Derek Dietrich missed with a hit that the right fielder took two steps from the wall and Eric Filia, who came to bat with the bases loaded, after hitting Víctor Robles, raised to left field to conclude the match.

In Santo Domingo, the Gigantes del Cibao shook off their worst moment in the semifinal of the Dominican championship and this Tuesday they defeated the Tigres del Licey 3-0 by shutout, at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal stadium.

The Colts took the lead in the third inning after Tigers starting pitcher Albert Abreu (1-2) made a throwing error turning to first base that allowed runner Isacc Rodríguez to advance to second. and after a mistake by Hanser Alberto, he moved to third base, from where he scored, when Cuban Henry Urrutia hit a shot to left field.

The score remained unchanged until the seventh inning, when after two outs and men on third and second, Alberto hit a hit to left field, which added two more rounds to the scoreboard.

The felines threatened to tie the game in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings, but their batters couldn’t produce.

In the sixth and eighth, third in the batting order, Nomar Mazara, failed to connect for a hit, first hitting a double-elimination ground ball and on the second opportunity, he flied out to center field.

In the ninth, the Blues placed two runners on base, with one out, and closer Juan Minaya managed to strike out Peter O’Brien and Dawel Lugo to end the game.

American Logan Ondrusek (2-0) completely dominated the blue bats, covering five innings of just one hit and retired five batters by way of strikeout.

With the victory, those from San Francisco (northwest) stopped their losing streak in two, after having lost in the games on Sunday and Monday.

The Cats, who have struggled to produce runs, have allowed 11 two-out runs in their last two games and have lost four straight.

With this result, the Giants (9-4) are still ahead in the semifinal, followed by the Stars (7-6) and by Tigres (5-8) and Eagles (5-8).

For this Tuesday there are no games scheduled in the semifinal.