RD: Hicks, Nova led Lions win

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks rocked a three-touchdown RBI double inside a four-run attack in the third inning to guide the Leones del Escogido offense in their 4-0 victory over the Eastern Stars in the Dominican Baseball League.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher, Iván Nova (2-0), covered six powerful blank innings throwing a ball of only four hits with three strikeouts to win the game, and was lost by Reiver Sanmartín (0-1), after allowing four touchdowns and five hits in five innings.

In Santiago de Los Caballeros, Major League Baseball Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to give the Gigantes del Cibao a 5-3 victory over the Águilas Cibaeñas.

Ozuna was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Diego Morís hit a solo home run to lead the winners’ attack.

In La Romana, a solid start by Félix Peña allowed the Toros del Este to defeat the Tigres del Licey 5-1 on the scoreboard.

Peña (1-1) pitched five scoreless episodes and only three hits to take the victory, while the reverse went to the record of Ervin Santana (0-1) after allowing three runs and four hits in three innings.

Brayan De La Cruz was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Rodolfo Castro hit an RBI double of one more, while Jesús Sánchez and Yamaico Navarro contributed RBI singles to lead the Toros’ offense.

Estrellas Orientales and Gigantes del Cibao lead the circuit with a 14-10 mark, followed by Águilas Cibaeñas (12-12), Leones del Escogido (11-13), Toros del Este (11-13) and Tigres del Licey (10 -14).


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RD: Hicks, Nova led Lions win