CARACAS, Venezuela ( Associated Press) — León de Caracas was able to stave off a furious response from Tiburones de la Guaira, who homered Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr., and won the start, 8-6. A best-of-seven final series that defines the champion of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
Acuña Jr., who saw action in 10 games in the regular season with the Tiburones de la Guaira, joined their team to play the final series, batting third and designated hitter, and going 0-for-4 with one run. gone.
Down by two scores, Leon del Caracas struck out in the third inning when Wilfredo Tovar drove in a run with a triple and later scored on Isaias Tejeda’s sacrifice fly to tie the game.
In the fourth inning, the Leones scored three runs to take advantage that they would not lose, Isaias Tejeda and Orlando Arcia hit two run-scoring doubles, while Wilfredo Gimenez produced another with a run.
Alcides Escobar narrowed the gap with an RBI single in the sixth inning, but the Lions had two more in the bottom of the inning with doubles by Nico Vazquez and José Rondón to take an 8–3 lead and secure the win.
In the ninth, the Sharks tried to respond with a three-run onslaught. Balbino Fuenmayor produced two with one out, and Danry Vazquez hit a double that brought Ronald Acuña Jr. to the plate, but the response from the Sharks was insufficient.
Jolis Chachin pitched five innings and two-thirds of three runs and seven hits with no fans to win the match, and Ramon Garcia lost it after allowing four runs in three innings.