A six-touchdown attack in the fifth inning led the Tigres del Licey to a comfortable 9-1 victory over the Estrellas Orientales in the second day of the Dominican Baseball League.
Former Major League Baseball player Hanley Ramirez was 3-for-1 with a triple and two RBIs, Brian Serven went 3-for-1 with two RBIs and Dawel Lugo went 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Reliever Óliver Ortega (1-0) struck out four opponents in his cutting 1/2-inning relief without allowing runs to claim victory. The loss went to Evan MacLane (0-1), punished with four touchdowns in his brief relief of just one-third inning.
In San Francisco de Macorís, the Leones del Escogido unleashed a 12-hitter offense in support of a solid start by Ethan Small, comfortably defeating the Gigantes del Cibao 10-0.
Small (1-0) covered five scoreless innings, shooting just three hits with six fans to win the game. It was lost by Adalberto Mejía (0-1), despite conceding only one run and two hits in five chapters.
Most of the damage was suffered by the Giants’ relief.
Jimmy Paredes was 3-2 with a double and three RBIs, Gabriel Guerrero hit a solo homer, Francisco Urbaez went 4-2 with an RBI and three runs and Isaías Tejeda drove in a pair of touchdowns.
At La Romana, Deivy Grullón hit a two-run RBI double, and Juan Carlos Pérez added an RBI single of two more to guide the Águilas Cibaeñas to a 5-2 victory over the Toros del Este.
Michael Devine won (1-0) with a two-round blank relay. Raúl Valdes (0-1) fell, shaken with five touchdowns and three hits in just two and two-thirds innings.
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