The Stars defeat the Bulls of the East and remain alone in the first position

The Estrellas Orientales defeated the Toros del Este seven runs by three to defend the top of the Dominican winter ball standings. The match was played at the Tetelo Vargas Stadium, in San Pedro de Macorís.

An eastern defeat and a triumph for the Gigantes del Cibao would have meant a tie for first place in the championship.

With their victory, the Stars put their record at 12-8 to stay in first place, one game ahead of Águilasl Cibaeñas (11-9). The Toros, with their slip, tied for fourth place with the Leones del Escogido, both now with a record of 11-90, when the local ball calendar marks a break for this Monday.

The teams alternated the lead of the game, after the Stars scored in the first two innings and the Bulls responded with a tie with one in the third and another in the fourth. The Roma team took a 3-2 lead in the first of the sixth, but the Petromacorisanos managed to equalize the score at the end of the chapter.

But a three-run rally in the seventh gave the Eastmen a 6-3 lead, which was game-defining, in an inning in which they batted six players off reliever James Hoyt.

Micker Adolfo singled for June Lake to score from third, after opening with a single to advance to second and stealing third base. Rodolfo Duran hit a triple down right field to drive Adolfo off. Jeremy Peña hit a sacrifice fly that drew in Jeison Guzmán, who had come running for Adolfo for the third race of the act.

The match was won by Luis González (1-0) and Hoyt lost (0-1). Ramón Santos shot an eighth of an indisputable and Ronel Blanco shot a perfect ninth to preserve the Stars’ advantage.

The eastern relay, shared between González, Santos and Blanco allowed only one hit, which Yamaico Navarro connected to Santos.