The Leones de Escogido completed the sweep of the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League Finals (Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana or LIDOM).
Escogido needed 11 innings in Game 4 to pick up the win as Jesus Feliciano (2-for-6) scored on a throwing error by Miguel Tejada. Feliciano started the inning off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Ramon Santiago (1-for-5). After Starling Marte (2-for-5) was intentionally walked, Mauro Gomez (0-for-5) reached on a force attempt when Tejada threw the ball away.
All three runs scored by Escogido were unearned due to three errors by the Aguilas.
In the loss Tejada and Elian Herrera both picked up three hits.
Neither starter lasted five innings with the Aguilas Dustin Richardson tossing 4.2 innings giving up a pair of unearned runs on three hits while striking out five. The Escogido starter Daniel Cabrera tossed four innings giving up one unearned run on three hits.
Nelson Payano (W, 2-0) picked up the win tossing just 0.1 innings in relief. Juan Sandoval (L, 0-2) took the loss pitching just 0.1 innings in relief giving up one hit, walking one, and giving up one unearned run.
Escogido 3, Aguilas 0
Kris Johnson (W, 2-1) tossed six innings giving up just four hits and striking out five to pick up the win as Escogido shut out the Aguilas to complete the sweep. Fernando Rodney (S, 1) earned the save. Marco Tovar (L, 0-2) took the loss pitching just two innings allowing just two runs (1 unearned).
Fernando Tatis (3-for-3) drove in three runs including one with a solo home run in the 7th inning. Starling Marte (2-for-4) added a couple hits as well in the win.
Hector Luna (3-for-4) played well for the Aguilas picking up three of the five hits for his team.
This was the second year in a row that Escogido defeated the Aguilas in the finals to advance to the Caribbean Series. They will now travel to Hermosillo, Mexico to defend their Caribbean Series title from a year ago.
Game 1: Escogido 10, Aguilas 7
Game 2: Aguilas 5, Escogido 8
Game 3: Escogido 9, Aguilas 0
Game 4: Aguilas 2, Escogido 3
Game 5: Escogido 3, Aguilas 0
Escogido wins series 5-0
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