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Game 4 Dominican Final rains out for third time

SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS (Dominican Republic) - The fourth game of the best-of-seven Final of the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana in the Dominican Republic was cancelled for the third time due to rain on Sunday (January 28). The game was to be played at the site of Águilas Cibaeñas, which leads the Series 2-1 against Tigres del Licey.

Because of the cancellation, the game-schedule was adjusted once more and now a double-header had been added. As the weather remained rainy in the area, Vitelio Mejía Ortiz, the President of the Professional Dominican Baseball League, along with the Presidents of the two teams, compiled a new schedule. Due to the field conditions because of three days of rain, Game 4 has been moved to the site of Tigres in Santo Domingo. There, the game will be played on Monday, starting in the late afternoon.

Game 5 will then be played on Tuesday-afternoon in the stadium on Águilas. If needed, that will be followed in the evening by Game 6 as past of a double-header. When a seventh game is needed, that will then be played again on Wednesday-evening in the stadium of Tigres.

The eventual double-header is needed, because of the limited remaining days to decide the championship. The team that wins the title will represent the Dominican Republic in the upcoming Serie del Caribe, which opens on February 2 in Guadalajara (México). There, the team meets the champions of the professional leagues in Cuba, México, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The Dominican championship is the lone one to be decided. Today (Sunday), Alazanes de Granma became the Cuban champion after an exciting 7-game Final to qualify for the Serie del Caribe. Tomateros de Culiacán (México), Caribes de Anzoátegui (Venezuela) and Criollos de Caguas (Puerto Rico) already had qualified in the previous days.

Reigning champion Tigres del Licey, the team of Netherlands Team-pitcher Jair Jurrjens, trails 2-1 against Águilas Cibaeñas in the best-of-seven. Águilas opened the series last Tuesday with an 8-1 score, then won Game 2 on Wednesday with an 8-4 score. On Thursday, Licey forced at least a fifth game by winning the third game of the Finale with a 4-3 score at home in ten innings.

On Friday, Game 4 went underway 45 minutes later than scheduled due to the weather and was halted halfway the fourth inning due to heavy rain. Águilas led 1-0 after Christian Bethancourt had homered in the third inning. After a waiting period of 2 1/2 hours, it still rained and the game was stopped definitively. The game was re-scheduled for Saturday, but it rained out again, as it also did on Sunday.

(January 28)

Related Article:
Granma repeats as Cuban champs with small win in Game 7. (January 28)
Game 4 Dominican Final rains out again. (January 27)
Game 4 Dominican Final stopped by rain. (January 26)
Jair Jurrjens and Tigres trail in Dominican Final. (January 23-25)

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