Starter Joe Van Meter worked effectively for five innings and received the offensive support necessary to lead the Águilas Cibaeñas to a 6-for-2 victory over the Toros del Este at the Francisco Micheli stadium in La Romana, in the continuation of the championship of fall-winter baseball from the Dominican Republic. With that victory, the national champions and the Caribbean Series remain in the third position in the standing, but only one game behind the leading Eastern Stars and half of the Cibao Giants who occupy the second place. Van Meter (1-1) was victorious, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings with two transfers and an equal number of strikeouts. Pedro Vásquez took the loss, accepting 4 undeserved runs. The game was decided in the fourth inning, when the Cibaeños manufactured their six runs taking advantage of the timely hitting and the poor defense of the locals. In that episode, Orlando Calixte started the party with a single to right field and after one out Ramón Torres reached base by mistake by first baseman Yamaico Navarro. Juan Carlos Pérez singled to right field to fill the pads and set the stage for Leody Taveras to hit an RBI single of two to right field to equalize the score, leaving runners at third and first. Taveras’ hit came after Vasquez got the second out of the inning by striking out Rodrigo Vigil. Juan Lagares received reliever Jorge Martínez with an RBI single to center-back that put the Eagles ahead for the first time in the game. With the shot, the runners moved to third and second into the box. Danny Santana was grounded by shortstop Pedro Florimón who made a two-base error and both runners scored. Zoilo Almonte connected a double merit line to the wall of the right field that drove the sixth round of the episode. The Bulls had taken the lead when they attacked Van Meter in the first inning, who walked Rubén Sosa and then Jesús Sánchez doubled down right field that sent his teammate to the third pad, from where he scored by passed. ball from the receiver Vigil. In the second inning, the Romans attacked again, Rodolfo Castro walked and reached third with a single to the right field by Ronaldo Hernández. Vidal Bruján grounded to the second for a double play, but Castro scored the team’s second round. After Van Meter, Luis F. Castillo (6), Julián Fernández (7), Wandy Peralta (8) and Neftalí Féliz pitched for the Eagles in the ninth. For the Bulls, their starter Vasquez, Jorge Martínez (4), Cristopher Sánchez (5), Pedro Payano (7), Johan Quezada (8) and Alfredo Simón (9) came to the box. On offense for the Eagles, Almonte with a double and a single with an RBI, Lagares two singles with one RBI and one scored, Taveras a single and two RBIs, Torres a double, Santana, Calixte and Yairo Muñoz and Juan Carlos stood out. Pérez a single each. For the Bulls, Jesús Sánchez double and single and Pedro Florimón two singles.



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