Leones culminate season with victory against Giants in game decided in 12 innings

Elier Hernández and Charlie Valerio crowned a six-lap rally for the Leones del Escogido at the height of episode 12, who stopped their rival’s reaction in time to crown a nine races by eight victory this Saturday over the Gigantes del Cibao in the Julian Javier Stadium.

Going into the 12th inning, after being tied 3-3, both teams found themselves forced to use position players in relief. Elier Hernández batted 2-6 and drove in three runs to lead the victory of the Leones del Escogido at the Julián Javier Stadium, over the Gigantes del Cibao this Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Hernández and Valerio drove in two of the six runs for the scarlets. With that victory, the Leones (18-32), already eliminated and in the basement, end the regular season with a resounding victory over the Giants (25-25) who finish at .500 in third place, behind Tigres del Licey and Águilas Cibaeñas.

Hernández drove in three runs to lead the Lions’ offense, which took advantage of two position players who served as Giants relievers after exhausting all 10 pitchers featured on the roster Saturday.

Diego Goris, third baseman, pitched two thirds of innings and allowed six runs, five of them clean; His teammate Richard Ureña, shortstop, completed the 12th inning of six red runs. The Lions, who also came with 10 pitchers on their roster, used seven pitchers, the last two offensive players.

The Giants were about to tie the game against Peter O’Brien, who went 1-for-5 on offense with one run, including a home run. O’Brien pitched two and two-thirds innings, allowed five runs, four clean, at the bottom of the 12th, his teammate, catcher Martín Figueroa, got the last out for the Cibaeños.

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Eric Filia hit a two-run homer to lead his team’s five-round reaction. In that 12th inning, Goris grounded out to first and Edwin Espinal scored; Ureña doubled and Melvin Mercedes scored. The match was won by O’Brien (1-0, 13.50), lost by Goris (0-1, 67.50) and saved by 7 Figueroa (1; 0.00).

The day before, at Quisqueya, the Giants came back from a 0-2 deficit, to manufacture four rounds in the ninth and take the 4-2 victory. Hernández opened the red board with a single to center that drove in Nick Franklin in the top of the third. At the bottom of the inning, Edwin Espinal’s single drove in Eric Filia and Edgar Figueroa to give the Giants the lead.

The Lions tied the score in the sixth due to a grounder by Luis Valdez that brought René Pinto to the plate to tie the game and a home run by Peter O’Brien off Marcos Molina, his fourth of the season, gave the long-haired the lead in the sixth.

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