A rally in the ninth inning gave the Gigantes del Cibao a seven-run win for three, after being shut out for eight innings by the Toros del Este, who fell in their park, the Francisco Micheli stadium.
It was a ninth inning in which 12 Giants hitters hit, including twice Melvin Mercedes, Hanser Alberto and Marcell Ozuna. Something more than satisfactory for a team that had only connected an indisputable until the decisive moment.
With the victory, the Giants (12-10) return to second place in the championship and take advantage of a defeat by the Águilas Cibaeñas (11-10) against the Leones del Escogido in Santiago de los Caballeros. They also extend the dominance of the particular 4-1 series over the Bulls.
Luis Perdomo (1-0) pitched a two-strikeout inning for the win. Anthony Carter pitched the ninth to save his fifth game. Fernando Abad lost (1-1).
In the match that resulted in a pitching duel, the Romans prevailed with the great work of Raúl Valdés (2-2), who received the help of three more teammates until the eighth. In the ninth came the debacle of the Bulls, who were given a run.
Tim Peterson (1.1), Anthony Gose (0.2) and Jenry Mejía (1.0) continued the excellent work of Bulls starter Raúl Valdés, who did not allow undisputed in his five innings. Until that moment only Hanse Alberto had an undeniable, a single to center field in the sixth inning against Peterson. But Abad failed to complete the combined work.
It was Mercedes who opened the ninth with a single to central against Fernando Abad and Alberto followed him with another by the same route. Ozuna doubled in the same direction and Mercedes scored, leaving men in scoring position. Kelvin Gutiérrez received a walk to load the bases. Wilín Rosario, who batted for Carlos Peguero, singled to center that drove in Alberto and the game was tied.
The bases were still full and in that situation Josh Lueke came in to pitch for Abad. When everything seemed to calm down, Lueke retired Alfredo Marte with a line to short and Webster Rivas with a fly to third. But Henry Urrutia hit a single into the left field that Gutierrez and Ozuna scored on to make the game 4-2.
Otto López shot a single that towed Rosario and leaving men on the corners. Mercedes hit again and hit Urrutia with a single to center. López went to third. Alberto singles to left to drive in Lopez with the seventh lap of the episode. Ozuna grounded out for third to close the inning.
Gabriel Ynoa, starter of the Giants, was a considerable rival, in his five-inning work he tolerated the two runs scored by the Bulls in the first two innings.
Bryan de la Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to the right field with which he drove in Rubén Sosa from the anteroom. In the second, Rodolfo Castro opened the inning with a ticket received and after two outs he scored with a double by Pedro Florimón for the right field.
Since 2015-16, Valdés has a 5-3 record, 2.58 against the Giants in 14 games, 12 of them as a starter, as reported by the Toros team.