The Tigres del Licey can now name themselves essentially the most decorated membership in Dominican Winter League historical past.
The Tigres earned that moniker Wednesday evening with a series-clinching 2-1 victory in further innings over the Estrellas Orientales in Game 5 of the finest-of-seven LIDOM finals at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal in Santo Domingo.
The game remained tied into the bottom of the tenth, when Mel Rojas Jr.’s single off Ronel Blanco introduced home Ronny Mauricio to trigger off a high-tail-off birthday party and fireworks as the Tigres earned their Twenty third LIDOM championship in front of their home fans. The championship, Licey’s first since the 2016-17 season, broke a tie with Aguilas for essentially the most won by any Dominican Winter League group of workers.
Rojas unruffled three of the Tigres’ 10 hits on the evening and drove in both of their runs. His two-out single to left-center drove in Jorge Alfaro to birth the scoring within the third inning. Rojas batted .353 (6-for-17) with an OPS north of 1.000 sometime of the finals.
Coming into Game 5, the Estrellas had scored 5 runs over the earlier three video games, and Licey’s pitchers had been ready to withhold them rather unruffled thru seven innings Wednesday. But, with the Tigres handiest six outs from triumph, Jeimer Candelario hammered a pitch apt past the real-discipline wall to knot the acquire at 1.
The Estrellas pounded out 12 hits and threatened sometime of the contest, but they went apt 1-for-12 with runners in scoring residence. That statistic doesn’t encompass what came about within the end of the fifth inning when Robinson Canó tried to acquire from first on a two-out double by Candelario.
Exact as Canó started to throttle down at third frightful, he noticed Rojas having bother fielding the ball in left discipline. On the opposite hand, as the longtime Yankee and Mariner tried to rob up velocity all over again, Rojas and shortstop Sergio Alcántara made finest relay throws to Jesus Sucre, who applied the label on Canó on the plate.
Licey shut down yet every other Estrellas scoring likelihood within the end of the tenth as Alfredo Simon came out of the bullpen to retire pinch-hitter Danny Santana, stranding a runner on third frightful.
Simon’s one-out look used to be ample to diagram him the take. The loss went to Blanco, who had allowed handiest one earned coast in 50 Dominican Winter League appearances, spanning 53 innings since 2021.