Alfaro and Hall put Licey one game away from the championship by beating the Stars
Santo Domingo. Jorge Alfaro hit a home run and drove in two, Brooks Hall launched five quality hits to guide a 3-1 victory for the Tigres del Licey, which places the team one victory away from obtaining the Banreservas Cup by beating the Estrellas Orientales in the Tetelo Vargas Stadium.
Licey made its three runs after two outs against some Stars that have added a run in their last two games.
With the series 3-1, in favor of Licey to obtain the Banreservas Cup, the fifth game will be played on Wednesday night at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium.
The openers duel once again favored Licey for the third straight game. The game was won by Hall (1-9, 1.80), throwing a complete five of three hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts; he lost Edwin Uceta (0-1, 4.50), who threw four innings of three hits, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
Another starting pitcher for the Greens again fails to complete a minimum of five innings.
In the ninth, Jairo Asencio (2) got off the first two batters with no trouble, but the Stars failed to score after two outs and Asencio rallied for the save after having runners on third and first.
The Tigers’ first run came after two outs on Alfaro’s home run, a first-pitch stick by Edwin Uceta.
In the fourth, also after two outs, Dairon Blanco walked, stole second and scored on Sergio Alcántara’s single to left field, who reached third on a throw error by outfielder Ramón Flores. But José Herrera flied out to left field.
That’s as far as Uceta’s work came. In the fifth, Phillips Valdez appeared, in an inning in which Licey scored again after two outs and followed by a walk to Ronny Mauricio. Alfaro followed with a double, on the second pitch and drove in Mauricio from first base. Román Méndez came on to pitch for Valdez and retired Ramón Hernández for the third of the inning.
At the bottom of the inning, Robinson Canó opened with a double to center against Hall and after one out, Lewin Díaz hit another double, in the same area. Cristian Pache was retired and Junior Lake left the inning alive with a single for third that left men at the corners, but Gustavo Núñez flied out to shortstop.
It was the most damage the blue opener allowed. 13 pitchers paraded through the mound, seven for the Stars.
Last Sunday, Domingo Robles with 3.2 innings, on Saturday, Carlos Hernández, with 2.1 innings and on opening day only Andy Otero is the one who has traveled the most in a game as a starter with 4.1 innings.
Very contrary to the blue starters, that except for the first day, César Valdez remained four innings, but Raúl Valdés continued with 7, Esmil Rogers continued with six and tonight Hall went for five innings.
In the ninth, the eastern foreman, Fernando Tatis brought in his luxury closer, Ronel Blanco in order to prevent the margin from opening up, a mission he finally accomplished, although he had runners on third and second with two outs. He checked the threat by striking out Emilio Bonifacio.