Pitcher Alex FaGalde hit Jean Hernandez with loaded bases at the bottom of the 17th inning and left Santurce Cangrejeros Caguas Criollos on the ground yesterday with a dramatic 1-0 victory in a marathon match that lasted six hours and 10 minutes, in the semi-finals of Major League Baseball Roberto Clemente.
With this win, Santurci tied the best of seven series 1-1 to advance to the circuit final.
Hitting Cristian Vazquez and Ivan de Jesus Jr. to open the bottom of the 17, Gabriel Cancel sacrificed himself to advance the runners and traded Alexis Torres for a walk to load the bases. After taking the first hit, Jan Hernandez hit a high and close shot from FaGalde to drive the match-defining range across the field.
Sidney Dupree (1-0) scored the precious win with an empty relay, while the opposite went to FaGalde’s record after allowing the only round of the match and three strikes in 4 1/3 innings.
In Carolina, the Mayagüez Indians scored four tiebreakers in the sixth inning, en route to a 7-3 win over the Carolina Giants that gave them a 2-0 lead in their series.
With the game tied, Brett Rodriguez hit an RBI single to pass Mayagüez, Emmanuel Rivera hit a triple pointer to drive another round, and Blaine Crim capped the attack with an RBI song that increased the Indians’ lead.
Derek Rodriguez allowed (1-0) to run into his reaction in the one inning and utilized his attacking reaction to win the match, while the disaster went to Robin Ramirez’s record-breaking (0-1), and he was punished with four touchdowns and four hits in the 1/3 inning.