Major League Baseball star Marcell Ozuna hit his second home run of the season on Wednesday, but couldn’t prevent the Gigantes del Cibao’s 5-2 loss to the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Baseball League.
Chris Owings was 4-2 with two RBIs, Sergio Alcantara added an RBI double of one more and Anderson Tejeda hit an RBI single to lead the winners’ attack.
Albert Abreu (2-2) scored the win after covering five innings in which he allowed one run and five hits, and Logan Ondrusek (0-1) lost after giving up three runs and six hits in four 2/3 innings.
In La Romana, Iván Nova did a brilliant job leading the Leones del Escogido to a 4-0 victory over the Toros del Este.
Nova (3-0) claimed victory after pitching six innings on a three-hitter. The setback went to the record of Alfredo Simón (1-2) after conceding one run and two hits in one inning.
Francisco Urbáez was 3-for-1 with an RBI, Erick González went 1-for-5 with an RBI and an RBI, and Albert Pujols went 4-2 to stand out for the Lions.
In Santiago de los Caballeros, Ramón Torres and Zoilo Almonte each connected with RBI singles to lead a three-touchdown attack in the bottom of the seventh, and the Águilas Cibaelas defeated the leader, the Estrellas Orientales, 4-3.
Estrellas Orientales lead the circuit with a 17-11 mark, followed by Águilas Cibaeñas (15-13), Gigantes del Cibao (14-14), Tigres del Licey (14-14), Leones del Escogido (13-15) and Toros from the East (11-17).
Adalberto Flores pitched a no-hitter, no-run game until the seventh inning and the Cangrejeros de Santurce defeated RA12 8-2 to end their three-game winning streak in Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League.
Flores (1-1) took the win after throwing 6 1/3 innings of just two runs and three hits with five strikeouts. Rubén Ramírez (0-2) took the loss after allowing five touchdowns and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Roberto Peña was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, David Vidal hit a two-run RBI single and Marty Costes and Jan Hernández hit solo homers to lead the Cangrejeros’ offense.
At Mayagüez, Blaine Crim was 4-2 with a home run and four RBIs, Danny Ortíz was 4-2 with a solo homer and TJ Rivera was 4-1 with two RBIs to guide the Indians to a victory by 9-3 on the Criollos de Caguas.
Eric Stout (2-0) allowed one run and three hits in five innings to claim victory, while the reverse went to Jerryel Rivera (0-1), who was punished with six touchdowns in one 2-3 innings.
Cangrejeros de Santurce lead the circuit with a record of 11-6, followed by Indios de Mayagüez (11-7), Criollos de Caguas (10-6), Gigantes de Carolina (5-11) and RA12 (5-12).
Rafael Pineda signed a brilliant start to lead the Caribes de Anzoátegui to a 10-0 victory over the Tigres de Aragua in the activity of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
Pineda (2-0) covered seven dominant innings with a one-hitter and five strikeouts to win the game. Elih Villanueva (1-2) took the loss after conceding two touchdowns and four hits in five innings.
Major League Baseball player Asdrúbal Cabrera hit 3-2 with a double and four RBIs, Niuman Romero went 5-3 with a double and an RBI and Herlis Rodríguez contributed two hits and an RBI to stand out in the attack of the winners.
In Caracas, the Lions exploited a six-touchdown attack in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a deficit and defeated Margarita’s Braves 10-6.
Anthony Jiménez went 5-for-3 with three RBIs, Ronny Cedeño was 3-2 with two RBIs and two runs, José Rondón added a two-run RBI double and Aldrem Corredor hit a solo home run for the Lions.
Jesús Zambrano (1-3) pitched a perfect episode to win the game, and it was lost by Iván Hernández (1-1), shaken with six touchdowns in a third of the inning.
In Maracaibo, Carlos Rivero hit a three-run homer and Ildemaro Vargas hit a solo to propel the Lara Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Águilas del Zulia.
The victory went to reliever Fabian Blanco (2-0) with two scoreless innings, and the reverse went to the record of César Jiménez (1-5) after allowing four runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Navegantes del Magallanes lead the circuit with a 20-10 mark followed by Cardenales de Lara (17-14), Bravos de Margarita (17-14), Tigres de Aragua (17-15), Leones del Caracas (16-16), Caribes de Anzoátegui (14-17), Águilas del Zulia (12-19) and Tiburones de La Guaira (12-20).
The Charros took advantage of a three-run homer by Dariel Álvarez in the third inning and Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna stopped the Tomateros de Culiacán’s comeback aspirations with another sharp relief, en route to a 3-3 victory for Jalisco. 1 in the Mexican Pacific League.
Alexandro Tovalin (4-0) covered two scoreless innings in relief work to win the game, while Osuna struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for the save. The loss went to Aldo Montes (1-3) after allowing three touchdowns and four hits in five innings.
At Navojoa, Jorge Flores went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Kyle Martin hit his 13th home run – the league record – and the Mayos defeated the Los Mochis Cañeros 5-1.
Rudy Acosta (1-1) won with 2 2/3 innings in relief without allowing a score, and Édgar González (1-4) lost after conceding two runs and four hits in six solid innings.
In Mazatlán, Miguel Guzmán was 4-2 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored, and star Jesse Castillo hit 4-2 with two RBIs to guide the Algodoneros de Guasave to an important 8-2 victory over Los Deer
Geno Encina (5-1) had a new quality start and scored the victory with six innings of just one career and four hits. The disaster went to the record of Juan Tellez (0-1), punished with five touchdowns and five hits in four episodes.
In Mexicali, Colombian Reynaldo Rodríguez was 4-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs and Ryon Healy was 3-2 with an RBI to support a solid start by Miguel Peña in the Aguilas’ 3-1 win over Los Angeles. Naranjeros de Hermosillo.
Peña (3-4) covered seven innings in which he allowed one run and five hits to win the game. Ryan Verdugo (2-4) took the loss after giving up two touchdowns and four hits in five innings of work.
At Monterrey, Aldo Flores was 3-2 with a home run and two RBIs, Anthony Giansanti was 3-2 with a double and an RBI and Miguel Torrero and Juan Macías each contributed RBI singles in the Sultans’ 7-for victory. -6 on the Yaquis of Ciudad Obregón.
In the second round the Águilas and Mayos share the leadership of the circuit with a 10-7 record, followed by Naranjeros (9-8), Venados (9-8), Sultanes (9-7), Algodoneros (9-8), Yaquis (8-9), Tomateros (8-9), Charros (7-9) and Cañeros (5-16).