In the decisive Game 9 of the Dominican Winter League Finals, Licey beat Aguilas, 6-2 to win the title and head to the Caribbean Series to represent the DR. It was the 22nd title for the storied team.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead heading into the 6th inning, Licey scored five runs to blow the game open. It all started with a leadoff walk.
Former KC Royal Emilio Bonifacio cleared the bases with a double with one out to start the scoring. That chased the Aguilas pitcher and in came newly signed Al Alburquerque, who allowed an RBI triple, followed by an RBI single, before getting an out (on a strikeout).
Jorge Bonifacio did not play in the final game for Licey (he had not played since Game 6), but did post photos of the celebration.
Free agent infielder Angel Franco went 1-for-3 in the loss for Aguilas. He moved up to fifth in the order, but hit into a double play.
The Caribbean Series, which begins on February 1st in Culiacan, Mexico, is now set. Cuba will be joined by representatives from Puerto Rico (Caguas), Venezuela (Zulia), the Dominican Republic (Licey), and host Mexico (Mexicali).
Mexicali won their series over Los Mochis last night with a 13-1 victory. Only one game in the six-game series was Mexicali held to under five runs (that was the first game when they lost 3-1). Leadoff hitter Chris Roberson had three hits last night and is hitting .397. Former Royal Yuniesky Betancourt had two hits last night for Mexicali and is hitting .349. He drove in six runs last night, four coming on a two out grand slam in the seventh.