Iván Nova makes his dominant debut and El Escogido sinks the Licey even more

Twelve years have passed since the last time that the Dominican right-hander Iván Nova threw in the Dominican winter ball, with the Leones del Escogido. The law returned as if not a single day had passed.

Nova threw five innings on Friday without allowing earned runs, while Franchy Cordero and Joe Dunand connected two RBI doubles of one round each for the Leones del Escogido to defeat the Tigres del Licey 8-2, in a game held at the Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal.

Nova (1-0) worked five innings, allowing two hits and a dirty run, with two walks and a strikeout, in his first game since the 2009-10 season.

Nova was followed in the box by Enny Romero, with one and two-thirds of a run inning, Elvis Peguero, Fernando Rodney and Steven Wilson.

The Lions snapped a two-game losing streak and are now 9-9 on the season.

In the first episode, Cordero and Dunand hit consecutive RBI doubles to put the Scarlets up 2-0.

An inning later, Francisco Urbáez hit a single that landed Iván Castillo, and the Lions snapped a two-game losing streak.

Licey reacted in the fifth when David Thompson singled and Andrew Kizner reached on an error before Luis Barrera missed the 43rd and drove in Thompson to make the game 3-1.

In the seventh, Thompson hit again, Yeison Asencio hit the center back and Chris Owings did the same to produce the second blue run.

The Lions responded in the eighth inning and after two outs, when Joe Dunand reached base on an error by center fielder Owings, which was followed by a hit by Isaías Tejada and Joey Rickard hit a hitting ball that pushed Dunand off.

Iván Castillo was walked and Yainer Díaz took a strong line to left field that drove in two more and made the game 6-2. Michael Beltré continued the attack, with a double that drove in two more and the Chosen one took the Tigers out of play.

The setback went to Steve Moyers (0-1) with a work of one inning and two-thirds of four hits allowed, with three runs and two of them earned.

Licey has now lost three matches in a row and remains in last place in the standings, with a record of 8-11.