AGUILAS 9, GIGANTES 3 AT GIGANTES (GAME 5)
The Aguilas scored five in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie. They had four singles, two walks, and a hit batsman in the inning. Ronald Guzman led the Gigantes, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs. Moises Sierra was 2-for-4 with a double. Kelvin Gutierrez was 1-for-4 with a home run. Dustin Crenshaw started for the Gigantes, pitching five innings and giving up two runs on four hits and two walks and striking out one.
AGUILAS 6, GIGANTES 5 AT AGUILAS (GAME 6)
The Aguilas built a 6-1 lead, then held on as the Gigantes scored four in the ninth. Richard Urena was 2-for-2 with two walks for the Gigantes. Abiatal Avelino was 2-for-4. Jose Siri was 1-for-5 with a three-run homer. Ronald Guzman was 1-for-4 with a home run. Starter Scott Harkin lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks and striking out one.
Record: The Dominican League Championship Series is tied 3-3.
Next game: The Gigantes will host the championship-deciding game tonight.
LARA 8, ARAGUA 4 IN ARAGUA (GAME 4)
Lara scored three in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead and put it out of reach with three more in the ninth. Gorkys Hernandez hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give Lara the lead. Hernandez was 3-for-5 for the game. Raul Rivero struck out eight in six innings, giving up six hits and two walks.
Record: Lara leads the best-of-seven semi-final series 3-1.
Next game: Lara is at Aragua tonight.
MAYAGUEZ 30, MANATI 8 AT MANATI
Mayaguez was finally cleared to play, and they apparently had a lot of runs stored up from the break. It was 4-2 through four, but Mayaguez scored five in the fifth, nine in the sixth, nine in the eighth, and three in the ninth. Emmanuel Rivera was 4-for-5 with two home runs, two doubles, three runs, and ten RBIs. Jeremy Rivera was 4-for-6 with a home run, four runs, and three RBIs. Ex-Twin Kennys Vargas was 4-for-7 with two home runs, a double, three runs, and five RBIs. Ex-Twin Danny Ortiz was 4-for-7 with a double, three runs, and two RBIs. Christian Colon was 3-for-7 with three runs. Ivan De Jesus was 2-for-2 with six walks, five runs, and four RBIs. Hector Hernandez pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks and striking out one.
Record: Mayaguez leads the best-of-seven semi-final series 2-0.
Next game: Mayaguez hosts Manati tonight.
MELBOURNE 3, CANBERRA 1 IN MELBOURNE (7 1/2 INNINGS)
Ex-Twin Delmon Young's two-run single in the first gave Melbourne all the runs they would need. Gift Ngoepe was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Damek Tomscha was 2-for-4. It was a bullpen game--Daniel McGrath started and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and no walks and striking out none.
Record: Melbourne is 11-5, in first place in the Australian League, 1.5 games ahead of Adelaide.
Next game: Melbourne will host Brisbane Thursday afternoon.