The Liga de Beisbol Profesional de la Republica Dominicana or the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League is wrapping up its season with the championship series. The Tigres del Licey are facing off with the Aguilas Cibaenas for the right to represent the Dominican in the Caribbean Series.
Game 1 saw the Aguilas defeat Licey 4-3. Zolio Almonte tied up the game in the 6th inning at 3 with a two-run home run off of Licey starter Yohan Flande (5.2 IP/3 ER/7 hits). Francisco Pena (1-for-3) would give the Aguilas the lead for good in the 7th inning with a RBI single to right scoring Jose Constanza (1-for-1).
However Licey bounced back after the Game 1 loss to score a victory in Game 2. Again the game was tied heading into the latter innings, this time it would be the Tigres that would come out on top. With one out Aguilas first baseman Kennys Vargas committed an error allowing Mel Rojas Jr to reach base and Yamaico Navarro to score the go-ahead run. Diory Hernandez followed that up with a sac fly to put the lead at 4-2 where it would stay.
The two teams will look to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. The Aguilas have won the LIDOM Championship twenty times with the last coming in 2008. They also own five Caribbean Series titles. The Tigres del Licey are the most decorated team in LIDOM and Caribbean Series history. They own 21 LIDOM titles and a total of 10 Caribbean Series titles, the last coming in 2008 when two LIDOM teams played in the Series.
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