Another big day for Willians Astudillo!
Twins: Willians Astudillo (Venezuela) was 3-for-5 with a home run, scoring twice.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 6, PUERTO RICO 3 (PUERTO RICO HOME TEAM)
The Dominican Republic scored two in the first and three in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Abiatal Avelino was 3-for-5. Junior Lake was 3-for-5. Francisley Bueno pitched five shutout innings, giving up six hits and two walks and striking out three.
VENEZUELA 6, MEXICO 4 (MEXICO HOME TEAM)
Willians Astudillo homered in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. It was 6-2 going to the bottom of the ninth, but Mexico scored twice and had the tying run on base when the game ended. For Venezuela, Astudillo was 3-for-5 including the home run. Luis Domoromo was 3-for-3 with a walk. Nestor Molina pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk and striking out four.
Dominican Republic, 1-1
Puerto Rico, 1-1
Twins: Aaron Whitefield (Brisbane) was 0-for-3 with a walk. Logan Wade (Brisbane) was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
BRISBANE 9, MELBOURNE 8 IN BRISBANE
It was 4-1 Brisbane, 5-4 Melbourne, 8-5 Brisbane, and then was tied 8-8 before David Sutherland led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to win it for Brisbane. Sutherland was 2-for-2 and had three RBIs. T. J. Bennett hit a three-run homer. Chih-Sheng Lin was 2-for-4 with a home run. For Melbourne, Darryl George was 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. Tyler Neslony was 3-for-5 with a home run. Delmon Young hit a two-run homer and also walked. Ryan Dale was 2-for-4 with a home run.
Due to rainouts, the playoff was shortened from best-of-three to one game. Brisbane will advance to the league finals.
CANBERRA 3, PERTH 1 IN PERTH
Canberra scored single runs in the first, fourth, and seventh. Perth got on the board in the ninth but did not get the tying run up to bat. Frank Gailey struck out twelve for Canberra in 7.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and five walks. For Perth, Alex Hall hit a home run.
Canberra wins the series 2-1 and will advance to the league finals.