A five-run rally in the eighth inning was all the Stars needed this Saturday night to overcome the Eagles 5-0 and thus continue on top of the semifinal series of the fall-winter 2022-2023 baseball tournament. during a match held at the Tetelo Vargas Stadium in this city.
Gustavo Núñez was the “Star Player” of the All-Stars, driving in two of the five runs against a relief team from the Águilas who could not preserve the good performance of their starter Alemao Hernández. Likewise, Núñez extended his hitting streak to nine games.
The green banner team, which won its second straight win, registers a 7-6 mark to equal in first place with the Tigres del Licey, who earlier beat the Gigantes del Cibao 7-5 at the Julián Javier Stadium in San Francisco de Macoris. On the other hand, Águilas and Gigantes were placed in second place with a 6-7 record, one game behind the leaders.
It is the third victory for the Stars over the Eagles in this Round Robin in four games. The game was won by reliever Wirfin Obispo (1-0), while the setback was for Junior Fernández (0-1).
It was a great pitching duel between starters Andy Otero, from the Stars, and Alemao Hernández, from the Eagles. Otero pitched five two-hit innings, walking three and striking out two. Meanwhile, Hernández worked seven episodes of only two hits, one transfer and four fanned batters.
Prior to the start of the match, a well-deserved tribute was made to Don Ramón de Luna, who was the first narrator for the Stars since 1951. De Luna received a plaque of recognition from the San Pedro de Macorís Sports Corporation and his team, Estrellas Baseball Club for having been a historical storyteller, as well as being awarded the 2021 National Journalism Award. In a row, the veteran journalist threw out the first ball.
Otero was followed on the mound by Oliver Pérez (1.1), Gerson Moreno (0.2), Obispo (1.0) and Ronel Blanco (1.0).
Meanwhile, Hernández was escorted by Fernández (0.1) and José José (0.2).
In the eighth episode, the Stars put a number on the board for the first time that night. With the bases loaded and one out, Ramón Flores reached on the error of third baseman Johan Camargo. Then Gustavo Núñez hit a hit through the right meadow producing two more. In a row, Lewin Díaz hit another hit, this time through the left forest of two others.
The Stars will be returning the visit to the Águilas Cibaeñas this Sunday at the Cibao Stadium. The meeting is scheduled for five in the afternoon. The pitcher to face the Cibaeño team will be Domingo Robles.