Aguilas stayed alive in the Dominican Winter League Finals last night with a 3-2 walk off victory over Licey in ten innings. Aguilas had not won a game in the best-of-nine series since the death of teammate Andy Marte on Sunday, as Licey leads the series four games to three.
The offensive hero for Aguilas was Ronny Rodriguez of Cleveland. The DWL regular season batting champ hit two home runs: a leadoff homer in the first and a walk off shot in the tenth with one out.
In the win, free agent Angel Franco pinch-hit for former KC Royal Orlando Calixte in the seventh (he struck out). Franco stayed in the game to play second base and would later walk (in the ninth).
Lefty Tim Hill blew his second save of the series, allowing the tying run in the bottom of the 6th inning. He entered with two on and two out, but allowed an RBI single to Zoilo Almonte (Mexico). It came after Licey tied the game in the top half of the inning. Hill would get a strikeout to escape further damage.
Game 8 will be played tonight in Licey.