Hernández and Mejía drive victory for Leones over Giants

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  • Hernández and Mejía lead Leones to victory over Gigantes

    Mejía (3-0) won the game by throwing six innings of an undeserved score three hits and two strikeouts.

A home run by Elier Hernández, his first in Dominican baseball, and excellent pitching work by Humberto Mejía gave the Leones del Escogido a 2-1 victory this Saturday over the Gigantes del Cibao, in a game held at the Quisqueya Juan stadium Marichal, who was stopped for rain on two occasions. Mejía (3-0) won the game by throwing six innings of an unearned score with three hits and two strikeouts, no walks, retiring the last six batters he faced. Henceforth, the scarlet pitching awarded four no-hitters, after performances by Brian Moran (0.2), Javy Guerra (0.1), Enoli Paredes (0.2) and Gerson Bautista (1.1). The visitors' only return was in the first inning, when José Sirí hit an infield-hit through shortstop, and Henry Urrutia hit a head-on shot that second baseman Otto López could not field, causing the ball to go into the outfield right, which allowed Sirí to enter the race. The tie came in the third for the reds in the legs of Erik González, who reached the plate from the initial thanks to a double by López along the left field line. In the fifth, a solitary home run by Hernández in the same area, against Pedro Fernández, made it 2-1 in favor of the long-haired men. Fernández (1-3) was the pitcher defeated by allowing the two stripes from the capital in five acts, five hits and three strikeouts. Bautista (1) earned a four-out save, getting three strikeouts in the ninth. For the long-haired, Hernández batted 2-1, with a homer, towed, scored and transferred; López, 4-1, with a double and an RBI, and Yainer Díaz, 2-2, with a walk. For the Francomacorisans, Sirí went 3-1, with a score With the victory, the Lions put their mark at 9-19, and the Giants at 13-15. The Ombudsman, Pablo Ulloa, made the launch of honor prior to the meeting. El Escogido will travel this Sunday to San Pedro de Macorís to face the Estrellas Orientales at the Tetelo Vargas stadium at 5:00 in the afternoon.

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