The Águilas Cibaeñas manufactured a three-lap rally at the end of the eighth inning to add their third consecutive victory in a 5-2 win over the Leones del Escogido at the Estadio Cibao.
The Eagles, who beat the Gigantes del Cibao 18-3 on Saturday, were 10-9, while the Lions, who have lost from the Stars that same day, fell for the second time in a row.
The first harrier attack came in the second inning, off scarlet starter Ethan Small, who pitched his last game this season. The Lions responded with a tie in the fifth against Yunesky Maya.
From then on there was a pitching duel, until the scarlet relay fell apart in the eighth inning, which opened Zoilo Almonte with a double. The Águilas relay threw the last four blank innings with one pitcher per episode, Julián Fernández, Luis Castillo, Wandy Peralta and Neftaly Féliz, who closed the game to be the fifth pitcher, after Yunesky Maya started. All the relievers except Féliz faced the minimum.
The match was won by Wandy Peralta (2-0), Féliz saved (3) and José López lost (1-1).
In the eighth, eight harrier hitters appeared, in an episode opened by Zoilo Almonte (replaced by Arismendy Alcántara), who opened with a double against López, who then walked Danny Santana, after a wild pitch with which Alcántara advanced to third. The Lions needed pitching from Elvis Peguero and Rhiner Cruz, who got the last two outs.
The Eagles were the first to attack with two runs in the second inning, helped by poor defense and uncontrolled pitching from their starter.
After two outs, Ramón Torres singled to center and Christopher Morel singled for third and reached second on a throwing error by third baseman Joe Dunand. A pitch that stayed high, but contacted by catcher Brett Sullivan was declared a “passed ball” and Torres scored. Leody Taveras followed with a ground ball through the initial, where defender Aderlin Rodríguez threw to the initial thinking that Small would enter to cover, which he did not do, was declared a mistake and Morel scored from third.
El Chosen responded with the tie in the fifth against the harrier starter, Yunesky Maya. Dunand opened with a triple and scored after one out on a triple by Michael Beltré, who scored off a hit by Francisco Urbáez, who reached base on a selection play.