Commanded by Robinson Canó, the locals defeated their neighbors from the Isla del Encanto 5 laps by 3
In a game that began as an interesting pitching duel between Raul Valdes Y Eric Stoutended in victory for the Dominicans thanks to timely hits by Robinson Canó and Ronald Guzmán.
Valdes pitched 5 2/3 innings of four hits and one earned run, while Stout went 5 1/3 innings giving up two earned runs with six strikeouts.
The Dominicans now lead the table together with the Caimanes de Barranquilla from Colombia and are in a good position heading to the semifinals of the competition.
How did they score?
The slate was painted for the first time thanks to a triple tug of Robinson Cano in the same first episode that brought Hanser Alberto to the rubber and was followed by a sacrifice fly to Marcell Ozuna’s central defender to make the match 2-0 in favor of the locals.
The Puerto Ricans responded in the sixth inning with an RBI double by Danny Ortiz to cut the lead to a minimum.
The locals thought they were turning the game one-sided when in the seventh inning, Robinson Canó hit a two-out, two-run single for Gustavo Núñez and Ronald Guzmán to score.
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But David Vidal answered with a two-run homer against reliever Reymín Guduán to once again bring the Puerto Ricans closer and put the game 4 rounds for 3.
The Cibao Giants scored a save lap in the bottom of the eighth with Ronald Guzmán’s RBI single that brought Marcel Ozuna to the rubber.
On Sunday, the Dominicans, who achieved their 14th victory in a row, will face Panama while Puerto Rico faces Venezuela.
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Dominican achieves important victory against Puerto Rico