Cordero and Castillo lead Leones to mini playoff

The Lions of El Escogido saw a six lead over the Gigantes del Cibao vanish this Friday, however, they reacted in the ninth with two runs that gave them the 8-7 victory at the Julián Javier stadium.

The long-haired attack was started with a solo homer by pinch-hitter Franchy Cordero through right field off Juan Minaya, who hit two more runners and allowed a double to the right field wall by Wilkin Castillo, who came in to bat for Michael. Brosseau, to mark the eighth of the capitaleños.

The victory leads the Reds (19-21) to the mini playoff against the Águilas Cibaeñas (20-20), which begins on Sunday at the Cibao Stadium, in Santiago, at 5:00 in the afternoon. To qualify for the postseason, the picks must win two games over the guinea pigs. The second match would be played on Monday at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal stadium.

Pat Ruotolo (1-0), who retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, scored the win. The setback went to Minaya (1-1). Dusten Knight (1) scored the save, despite allowing a hairline in the ninth.

The other races

In the second act, a Luis Liberato double to center-back off Richelson Peña drove in Estevan Florial from middle with the first scarlet touchdown. The visitors’ big rally came in the fourth when they scored five laps, the product of five hits and a walk against Peña.

However, the Franco Corisans discounted with one in the bottom half against David Kubiak, and tied with another five in the fifth, three of them against the red opener, and the others against Rhiner Cruz, who entered the relief role.

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For the hairy ones, Cordero, 1-1, with a home run, a run scored and a RBI; Castillo, 1-1, with a double and towed; Engel Beltré was 4-2 with a double, two RBIs and one scored; Florial, 2-0, with two scored and transfer; Liberato, 3-2, with a double, one scored and one produced, and Yainer Díaz, 3-2, with a pushed and one scored. For the Northeast, Jordany Valdespín went 4-2, with an RBI, a run scored and walked, and Marcell Ozuna, 4-1, with two RBIs and a walk

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