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Dominican Republic Winter League Baseball Semi-finals 2007 – 2008

Ervin Santana

The Dominican winter league championship series got underway Thursday night with the Aguilas Cibaenas defeating the Tigres del Licey 8-3.  Here’s a game-by-game look back at the semi-final tournament that concluded earlier in the week:

December 26

Licey 3, Aguilas 1:  Tigres get 2 unearned runs in bottom of first on SS Hector Luna’s error & Jose Mercedes out-pitches Rob Tejeda.

Estrellas 1, Gigantes 0:  Willis Otanez rips solo homer off Jose Capellan in 2nd inning & 4 Estrellas pitchers allow just 4 singles.

December 27

Gigantes 10, Aguilas 1:  Gigantes KO Jose Lima in 2nd and lead 8-0 by middle of 3rd.  Alfredo Simon hurls 5 innings of 1-hit, shutout ball for the victory.

Estrellas 4, Licey 1:  Francisco Rosario hurls 5 scoreless innings, while Henry Mateo & Michael Martinez (each 3-3) drive in 3 runs.

December 28

Aguilas 11, Estrellas 0:  Derek Lee goes the first 7, allowing just 2 singles & Luis Polonia (3-5 2B 2R) and Edwin Encarnacion (HR 3RBI) lead the attack.

Licey 6, Gigantes 4:  After Ervin Santana put them in a 4-0 hole, Licey came back to win behind 3-hit performances by Felix Pie & Emilio Bonifacio (3RBI).

December 29

Gigantes 11, Licey 3:  Alexi Casilla (3 hits, 3RBI) & Nelson Cruz (3 hits, HR) lead a 17-hit attack that blasted Ramon Ortiz to the showers early.  Francisley Bueno goes 5 2/3 IP for the win.

Estrellas 9 , Aguilas 0:  Daniel Cabrera (6 IP) and Denny Bautista combine on the shutout, while Joel Guzman (HR 4RBI), Henry Mateo (3-4 HR 3R 2RBI) & Michael Martinez (4 hits) led a 15-hit assault.

December 30

Licey 12, Estrellas 1:  Seven-run bottom of the 3rd removes the suspense early as every Licey starter hits safely (led by Jose Guillen 3-4 2RBI) and Harold Eckert (5IP 7K) records the bulk of 12 strikeouts by Licey hurlers.

Aguilas 5, Gigantes 4:  Errors by a pair of Gigantes third-basemen (Caonabo Cosme & Juan Francisco) lead two a pair of unearned runs in a tight game that was tied at 2 entering the 7th inning. 

January 2

Aguilas 7, Licey 4:  Rob Tejeda out-pitches Ervin Santana, and Victor Diaz’ 3-run blast in the bottom of the 2nd gives the Aguilas a lead they wouldn’t lose.

Estrellas 4, Gigantes 3:  Good duel between Jose Capellan & Francisco Rosario features 4 stolen bases by the Estrellas.  Pinch-runner Ervin Alcantara scores the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th.

January 3

Licey 6, Aguilas 1:  Jose Guillen knocks in 3 runs & Randy Leek threw 5 2/3 strong innings.

Estrellas 9, Gigantes 3:  The Estrellas explode for 9 runs in the top of the sixth against 7 Gigantes pitchers, just in time to win a weather-shortened, 6-inning affair.

January 4

Gigantes 5, Aguilas 4:  After building a 5-0 lead against Julian Tavarez in the first 3 innings, Gigantes saved at the end by closer Dario Veras’ 3 strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth after 4 errors helped the Aguilas chip away at their lead.

Estrellas 3, Licey 2:  After a wild Daniel Cabrera put them in a 2-0 hole, the Estrellas get 6 1/3 innings of 1-hit relief from 3 pitchers and win the game with 3 in the bottom of the 9th against Licey closer Oneli Perez. 

January 6

Aguilas 5, Licey 2:  Eric Knott earned the win, but the Aguilas’ big heroes were Victor Diaz (2B HR 2RBI) & a 6-man relief crew that surrendered 2 hits over 4 scoreless innings.

January 7

Aguilas 6, Estrellas 1:  The Aguilas hammered Adam Bostick for 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st, and Nelson Figueroa whiffed 13 over 7 innings to earn the victory.  Mendy Lopez (3-4) doubled twice and collected 2 RBI.

Licey 3, Gigantes 2:  Gigantes came back at home to tie following homers by Napoleon Calzado and Jose Guillen, but Guillen drove in the game-winner in the 8th inning as Carlos Marmol earned the save.

January 8

Licey 4, Gigantes 0:  Ervin Santana and 4 relievers combined for the shutout as Licey scored all of the runs in the first 3 1/3 innings against little Fabio Castro.

Estrellas 8, Aguilas 2:  The Estrellas’ 7-run bottom of the third against Rob Tejeda & Alay Soler put this one away early, as Francisco Rosario (8K 5IP) and 2 relievers struck out 13 Aguilas.

January 9

Gigantes 4, Estrellas 3:  Shaky defense (3 total errors) cost the Estrellas a 3-0 8th inning lead at home, eventually leading to a loss in the 10th inning, wasting a fine effort by Vladimir Nunez.  Juan Francisco (3-4 2RBI) was the hitting star for the Gigantes.

January 10

Aguilas 5, Gigantes 4:  After trailing 3-0 early, and 4-2 entering the bottom of the 9th, the Aguilas win in dramatic fashion when Mendy Lopez hammers a walk off 3-run homer off Gigantes closer Dario Veras.

Licey 13, Estrellas 5:  Home runs by Emilio Bonifacio (3-5 3r 3rbi) & Jose Offerman (3-4 2r 4rbi) helped the Tigres get rolling in support of Jose Mercedes, who hurled 5 innings of 2-hit ball to win for the second time in the semi-finals (1.13 ERA).

January 11

Aguilas 6, Licey 2:  Derek Lee hurled 6 strong innings to improve to 2-1, 2.04 in the semif-final round, and Victor Diaz drove in 3 runs for the Aguilas with a single and a double.

Gigantes 2, Estrellas 1:  Jesus Matos and Jailen Peguero held the Gigantes scoreless on a single safety through seven inning, but Denny Bautista (0.77 ERA in 11 2/3 IP with 16 K’s & only 3 hits entering the game) coughed up the lead on back-to-back RBI singles by Alexi Casilla and Brayan Pena in the bottom of the 8th. 

January 12

Licey 3, Estrellas 2:  The Estrellas fell behind early when a wild Daniel Cabrera couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning, but the game was deadlocked 2-2 by the middle of the fifth.   It stayed that way until the bottom of the 9th, when Denny Bautista lost for the second consecutive day on a single, a stolen base and a two-out hit by Emilio Bonifacio.

Aguilas 3, Gigantes 0:  Eric Knott earned his second victory of the round-robin by hurling the first 6 1/3 innings, as the Gigantes managed just five singles in getting shut out for the third time in the semi-finals.

January 13

Aguilas 9, Estrellas 3:  A 7-run fifth inning lifted the Aguilas at home, behind 7 strong innings from Nelson Figueroa.  Miguel Tejada went 3-5 with a homer and 4 RBI.

Licey 4, Gigantes 3:  After Licey jumped out to an early lead, the Gigantes evened things up in the 6th, and the game remained 3-3 into the final inning.  Alejandro Rios broke the deadlock with a leadoff homer to left off Joel Peralta, and Oneli Perez earned his 3rd save of the semi-finals by inducing a game-ending double play grounder off the bat of Kendry Morales.

January 14

Licey 3, Estrellas 0:  Ervin Santana (6ip 9k), Damaso Marte (1 2/3 ip 3k) & Carlos Marmol (1 1/3 ip 3k) combined to no-hit the Estrellas, while striking out 15.  Vladimir Nunez pitched well in defeat, but the deal was sealed when Willis Otanez went down swinging for the final out.

Gigantes 3, Aguilas 2:  After blowing a 1-run lead in the 8th inning, the Gigantes started a rally with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 9th against three pitchers to prevail.  Agustin Septimo’s double brought home Jose Campusano –whose single started the uprising- with the game-winner.

January 15

Licey 7, Gigantes 0:  Four Licey pitchers combined to strike out 12 and hold the Gigantes to just three singles.  Anderson Hernandez (3-5 2rbi r) & Emilio Bonifacio (2-4 3b 2r bb) were the hitting heroes.

Aguilas 7, Estrellas 6:  The Estrellas out-hit the Aguilas 17-10 in a sloppy game, but 9 walks and a pair of costly errors leading to 3 unearned runs proved to be their undoing.  Rafael Furcal (4-4 3rbi 2sb bb) led the victors’ offense, while Willis Otanez went 4-5 for the losers.

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