It was a hot afternoon in Montería with temperatures of 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit).
The game was scheduled to start at 5 PM local time, but that was when the player introductions began.
After the playing of the National Anthems and the throwing of the ceremonial first pitch, the game went underway 30 minutes later.
While both Tigres and Leones got some runners, the game remained scoreless in the first four innings.
Tigres got the most runners in these first four at bats and got into scoring position once.
Leones didn't got a runner in scoring position.
For Tigres, Edgard Montiel doubled with two outs in the top of the first inning, but then was left behind when Curt Smith flied out.
After being retired in order in the second inning by starter Javier Ortiz, Tigres reached base again in the third.
Jimmy González led off with a single, but then was eliminated in a double play when next batter Jesús López lined out.
Hereafter, Everth Cabrera singled, but was caught stealing to end the inning.
In the fourth, Curt Smith walked with two outs, but then was forced out on a grounder by Yurendell de Caster.
Raúl Ruiz started for Tigres.
The lefthander retired the side in the bottom of the first, but then walked lead-off hitter Eudy Piña in the second inning.
With one out, he was forced out on a grounder by Andy Vásquez, who then stranded on first base.
In the third and fourth inning, Ruiz retired the side again.
...Tigres de Chinandega with the Championship-trophy...|
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Tigres then opened the score in the top of the fifth inning.
Osman Marval led off with a single, then Dashenko Ricardo struckout.
Hereafter, Marval stole second base and advanced to third base when a throwing error by catcher Jesús Posso followed.
He then scored when next batter Jimmy González also singled.
The inning ended when Jesús López lined into a double play, but Tigres led, 1-0.
Leones got into scoring position for the first time in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out, Andy Vásquez doubled down the leftfield-line off of Raúl Ruiz.
But hereafter, the lefthander struckout the next two batters.
In the top of the sixth, Edgard Montiel connected for his second double in the game.
In the first inning, he also doubled with two outs, but then stranded.
This time, he drove the ball into deep right-centerfield between the Colombian center- and rightfielder to collect his second double.
Hereafter, both Curt Smith and Yurendell de Caster walked to load the bases.
But Tigres left three runners behind when next batter Osman Marval grounded out.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Leones got its next baserunner in scoring position off of Raúl Ruiz, who ran into some problems.
Reynaldo Rodríguez led off with a single, which brought out Manager Lenin Picota to the mound.
He briefly talked with his pitcher, who stayed in the game.
Moments later, Rodríguez advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Eudy Piña.
Hereafter, Ruiz gave up a hit-and-run single to Jesús Posso into short rightfield, resulting in runners at the corners.
Ruiz followed with a strikeout and a grounder ended the inning and so, the score remained 1-0 in favor of Tigres.
In the top of the eighth inning, Tigres took more distance with a 3-run rally, highlighted by three runscoring doubles.
In this at bat, Ronald Ramírez became the new pitcher for Leones, but he was greeted with a lead-off single by Everth Cabrera.
He was moved into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter César Díaz, which led to a new pitching change.
Angel Vílchez took over, but Edgard Montiel and Curt Smith then connected for back-to-back RBI-doubles to lift the lead to 3-0.
For Montiel, this was his third double in the game.
After Smith had advanced to third base on a grounder by Yurendell de Caster, he scored the next run when Osman Marval also hit an RBI-double.
Now trailing 4-0, Yonata Ortega became the third pitcher in this inning for Leones.
In the previous games, as well as in the Colombian season, the Dominican had been a successful closer and he now entered the game to avoid giving up more runs.
With Marval on second base, Dashenko Ricardo drove the ball into centerfield, but it was caught to end the inning.
...Yurendell de Caster won his second consecutive...|
...Serie Latinoamericana with a Nicaraguan champion...
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After adding the insurance runs, it was now much safer for Tigres to also go to the bullpen.
Fidencio Flores took over from starter Raúl Ruiz, who had given up only three hits in seven innings, while striking out five batters.
Flores retired the side.
Yonata Ortega struckout the side the top of the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Florencio Flores closed the game for Tigres.
Leftfielder Osman Marval made a great running catch on a line drive by lead-off hitter Charlie Mirabal, but hereafter, Reynaldo Rodríguez singled for the Colombians.
But that was to be it for Leones.
Flores struckout Eudy Piña, then Jesús Posso followed with a comeback-grounder.
Flores fielded the ball and threw it to first baseman Yurendell de Caster for the final out.
And with that, Tigres won the title, while De Caster won his second consecutive Serie Latinoamericana.