Asencio and Mazara tow, Rogers throws well and Licey beats Gigantes

Yeison Asencio hit an RBI sacrifice fly and Nomar Mazara shot a two-run RBI single, both in the bottom of the third inning, and starter Esmil Rogers threw five scoreless innings of just two hits for the Licey Tigres. beat the Gigantes del Cibao 3-1 on Wednesday night in the match held at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal stadium in the continuation of the Don Tomás Troncoso Cuesta winter baseball tournament.

With their victory, the blues stop a three-game losing streak to put their record at 30-16, and incidentally place the particular series against their opponent last night 7-3. While the Giants now put their mark at 24-23.

In the match, the blue captain Emilio Bonifacio he shot his 27th career triple in winter ball.

In his entire outing, Rogers (4-2) walked four free walks and struck out five batters for the win. He lost Cuban Jorge Martinez (2-3) to three runs on four hits, with one walk and five strikeouts in four innings he pitched. Jairo Asencio retired all three he faced in the ninth for save number 13.

Enyel De Los Santos also shot for the blues in the sixth, Jean Carlos Mejía in the seventh and Hansel Robles in the eighth.

For the Giants, Eric Filia, Rubén Tejada and Iván Castillo had a hit.

For the Tigers, Nomar Mazara hit his unstoppable two-round RBI drive; Miles Mastrobuoni had two hits, Emilio Bonifacio tripled, Ronny Mauricio and Taylor Kohlwey singled.

The Tigers clinched the game in the bottom of the third inning by making their three runs off pitches from starting pitcher Jorge Martínez.

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Miles Mastrobuoni led off the episode with a single down the left field. Emilio Bonifacio grounded on a sacrifice bunt moving the runner from first to second. Ronny Mauricio struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch. Oneil Cruz caught four foul balls to load the bases.

Yeison Asencio hit a deep sacrifice fly to left scoring runner Mastrobuoni from third base and moving the runners to third and second setting the stage for Nomar Mazara’s two more run RBI hit to make it 3-0.

The Giants made their comeback in the eighth against Hansel Robles for a hit by Luis Liberato’s grounding box.


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