On the final day of round robin play in the Dominican Winter League, there was a tie for second place, with the final spot in the finals up for grabs.
Licey beat Escogido, 3-1, scoring single runs in the third, fourth, and ninth innings. They had to wait a few minutes to celebrate, as Aguilas beat Gigantes, 4-3 about twenty minutes later.
Malcom Culver earned the win in relief for Aguilas, pitching a perfect 5th inning (he struck out one). Al Alburquerque earned his second hold for Aguilas, stranding a runner in the seventh (1.1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K).
The best-of-nine finals will begin on Thursday at Aguilas (they switch off each day).
The finals are also set in the Venezuelan Winter League, as both series came to an end last night.
Zulia won their best-of-seven semifinal, four games to one over Caribes. They won 1-0 to clinch last night. The lone run scored in the 2nd inning on a Jordany Valdespin bunt single (after an error).
Lara also won their best-of-seven series four games to one. They beat La Guaira last night, 2-1. In the win, centerfielder Paulo Orlando went 1-for-3 with a walk.
In the loss, shortstop Alcides Escobar went 1-for-4.
The best-of-seven finals between Lara and Zulia begins on Friday.
Over in the Clemente League Finals, Caguas took a two games to one lead in the best-of-nine finals with a 4-2 victory over Santurce last night.
Caguas collected just four hits, as two runs scored in the first on an error. Former KC Royal Rey Navarro went 1-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run in the ninth.
Jack Lopez batted ninth for Caguas and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He also committed his third playoff error (in the sixth) which cost them two runs. However, Lopez made a solid throw home to nail the potential tying run after a double to end that inning.