Tigers suspend activity in the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19

The Tigres de Licey will not have activity at least until Monday, after a dozen cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the team during the last 48 hours, the Ministry of Public Health and the Dominican Baseball League announced on Friday.

The first of three games for the Tigres that have been postponed was Friday, when they had to face the Gigantes del Cibao. The other two games of the day were played normally. The positive cases of coronavirus correspond to both baseball players and members of the coaching staff.

The President of the team, Domingo Pichardo, expressed through a statement that he was abiding by the disposition of the health authorities and the league. He added that, for the safety of players, coaches and team personnel, the protocols established by the Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic will be applied, and announced that the Licey will rejoin the competition if the tests scheduled to take place on Sunday do not show more positive cases.

At La Romana, Robel Garcia hit a two-run RBI single in the fourth inning to give the Águilas Cibaeñas a 2-1 victory over the Toros del Este.

Marcos Diplan (1-0) allowed one run and one hit in his three-inning relief to score victory. The setback went to the record of Raúl Valdes (0-1), despite conceding only two scores and four hits in five innings.

In Santo Domingo, the Leones del Escogido attacked early with three touchdowns in the first two innings, en route to a 4-1 victory over the Estrellas Orientales.

Otto López was 4-2 with two runs scored, Wander Franco had two hits with an RBI and Tres Barrera also had two hits with a RBI.

Travis Radke (1-0) retired the only batter he faced in his relief but took the victory. The setback went to Evan MacLane (0-1), punished with two touchdowns and four hits in just one inning.

At the start of the season, Leones lead the standings with a 3-2 record, followed by Tigres (2-1), Gigantes (2-2), Águilas (2-3), Toros (1-1) and Stars (1-2).

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MEXICO

Los Algodoneros de Guasave unleashed a 15 hit offense en route to a 13-2 victory over the Sultanes de Monterrey in the Mexican Pacific League activity.

Cuban Erisbel Arruebarrena went 3-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs and another three scored to stand out in the Algodoneros’ offense. Carlos Garzón went 2-2 with two RBIs, Arturo Rodríguez drove in two runs with a pinch double and Leo Germán drove in two more runs with a triple for the winners.

Alberto Leyva (1-1) retired two perfect innings in relief work to earn the victory, while the loss went to Daniel Cruz (0-4) by giving up three plate appearances and six hits in three innings and one third.

At Navojoa, the Mayos attacked with six runs in support of a brilliant start by Raúl Carrillo and beat the Tomateros de Culiacán 7-3.

Carrillo (1-3) completed seven powerful blank innings of just three hits to claim victory. Rookie Manuel Espinoza (0-1) took the loss after conceding seven runs and five hits in one 1/3 innings.

Omar Renteria was 3-2 with a double and four RBIs and Asael Sánchez went 4-2 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the winners’ attack.

In Hermosillo, Fernando Pérez connected 4-2 with a home run and three RBIs, Norberto Obeso contributed a triple RBI of one more and Naranjeros shut the Charros de Jalisco 6-0.

Javier Assad (1-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings on a two-hitter to win the game, and Manuel Flores (1-4) lost it after allowing six touchdowns and nine hits in five innings.

In Mazatlán, Ricky Álvarez hit a one-run RBI double and Maxwell León drove in one more with a single and the Venados beat Los Mochis Cañeros 7-4.

Reliever Roberto Espinosa won (2-0) with a blank tackle with two fans and Darel Torres lost (0-2), punished with three runs in one chapter.

With five games to play in the first round, Obregón remains at the top of the circuit with a 17-6 record, followed by Hermosillo (14-7), Monterrey (12-9), Culiacán (13-11), Mexicali (11- 12), Jalisco (11-13), Guasave (10-12), Mazatlán (9-14), Los Mochis (8-15) and Navojoa (9-15).

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