Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Escogido wins Dominican Winter Baseball League title and goes to Caribbean Series, Escogido gana LIDOM y va a Serie del Caribe

American Andy Dirks hit a walk off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning of the final game of the LIDOM nine game final series to send Escogido to the Caribbean Series.  Basically this was like hitting a walk of hit in game seven of the World Series.  See the Dominican Baseball Guy post on the very cool and interesting LIDOM playoff format.

Pablo Ozuna, Mauro Gomez, Wilkin Castillo, Julio Borbon and Jose Constanza, also starred for Escogido at the plate. Aneury Rodriguez and Nelson Figueroa provided releif pitching to hold off the Aguilas Cibaneas after they got off to a 4-0 lead.

Miguel Tejada made an appearance and hit a home run for the Aguilas.  He is one of the most beloved players in Aguilas history, and in the history of the LIDOM for that matter.

What a game!  The Aguilas got up 4-0, then the Leones came back and were up 5-4 in the top of the ninth.  MLBer Fernando Rodney blew the save and the Aguilas tied it up 5-5 in the ninth.  Then Dirks became the hero in the bottom of the ninth.  See the highlights of this great game and amazing atmosphere:

This is the 14th LIDOM title for the Leones de Escogido.  They have three Caribbean Series titles.  The Leones go on to face the winners of the winter baseball leagues in Mexico, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.  The Serie del Caribe will take place in the Leones home stadium this year, the Quisqueya Studium in Santo Domingo.

See the Dominican Baseball Guy post on the very cool and interesting LIDOM playoff format.

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