Licey has taken a three games to two lead in the Dominican Winter League Finals over Aguilas, as Aguilas reels over the death of teammate Andy Marte (who died in a car accident on Sunday).
On Sunday night, Licey tied the series at 2-2 with a 9-6 victory after a tearful pregame tribute to both Marte and KC Royal Yordano Ventura (who died in a separate car accident that same day).
Free agent Angel Franco honored his fallen teammates by going 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored in the loss. He entered the game in the 7th inning as a pinch-hitter for former teammate Orlando Calixte.
Lefty Tim Hill blew the save for Licey, as he allowed an inherited run to score in the 7th inning. Without recording an out, he allowed a two out, two-run home run to Danny Santana (Minnesota).
Jorge Bonifacio pinch ran in the seventh for Licey.
After an off day on Monday (as Bonifacio and other Licey players went to visit Ventura’s mother), Licey won Game 5, 7-0. Aguilas collected just four hits.
In the win, Hill stranded two runners in the seventh (2/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K).
In the loss, Franco started at second base, batting seventh. He went 0-for-1 with a walk, but he was pinch hit for in the in seventh (by Calixte). Despite stranding the bases loaded in the 6th inning for Aguilas, reliever Al Alburquerque allowed a run on three hits in his two innings of work (two strikeouts).
Game 6 will be played in Licey tonight.
Game 3 in the Venezuelan Winter League Finals was suspended on Monday night, with the score tied at 7-7 in the 10th inning. Zulia had just scored two runs with two outs on a Ronny Cedeno (Mexico) single to tie the game.
When the game restarted last night, Lara made a pitching change and Cedeno moved to second base on defensive indifference to put runners at second and third base. Ali Castillo (SF Giants) delivered the game winner on a single to center, just past the diving Paulo Orlando (0-for-3, RBI, 2K).
Lara then went on to win Game 4 last night, 3-1 in 11 innings. They scored two runs on a two out, two-run single by Ildemaro Vargas (Arizona).
In the win, Orlando went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
Game 5 will be played tonight at Zulia, with them leading the series three games to one.
On Sunday in the Clemente League Finals, Caguas took a four games to three lead in the series over Santurce. Caguas won Game 7, 4-1.
In the win, shortstop Jack Lopez went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.
After two days off, the series picks back up tonight in Caguas.