The Dominican Winter League champion series is underway in between the Gigantes del Cibao and the Estrellas Orientales.
The best-of-seven series is connected at a video game each, with Game 3 set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Fans can see the video game — and every video game of the series — survive on MLB.TV. Broadcasts remain in Spanish.
Here’s what you require to understand about the LIDOM Serie Final.
Game 1: Estrellas 5, Gigantes 4 (11 innings)
The Estrellas managed a remarkable walk-off win in additional innings in Game 1. After losing a two-run lead in the top of the ninth on a consent three-run homer, the Estrellas rallied to connect the video game in the bottom of the ninth on Gustavo Nuñez’s single, then won in the 11th when Nuñez took 3rd and scored after the catcher’s toss cruised into left field.
Game 2: Gigantes 6, Estrellas 3
One night after conserving the majority of the enjoyment for the later innings, practically all of the offense in Game 2 was available in an action-packed 3rd inning. The Estrellas leapt out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd, thanks to a bases-loaded walk followed by Jeremy Peña racing down the line to vanquish a run-scoring infield single. The Gigantes addressed with a 5-run bottom half of the inning, with all five runs including 2 outs. That showed to be ample, as Gigantes starter Tyler Alexander tossed 6 innings of two-run ball prior to turning it over to the bullpen to knock the door and even the series.
Estrellas: C Christian Bethancourt
The previous Braves and Padres catcher went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run rubbed out of the No. 9 area in the batting order in Game 1 prior to going hitless in the Game 2 loss.
Gigantes: SS Hanser Alberto
LIDOM’s regular-season hits leader kept it up in Game 1 of the finals, going 3-for-6 with a taken base. He included another base hit in his club’s Game 2 success.
Remaining schedule for the series
Game 3 (Gigantes at Estrellas) — Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET
Game 4 (Estrellas at Gigantes) — Friday at 4 p.m. ET
Game 5 (Gigantes at Estrellas) — Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET
Game 6 (Estrellas at Gigantes) — Sunday at 4 p.m. ET
Game 7 (Gigantes at Estrellas) — Monday at 4 p.m. ET
The Gigantes went 23-17 in the routine season to end up in top place amongst the 6 LIDOM groups. The Estrellas, who are handled by previous huge leaguer Fernando Tatis Sr., went 22-18 to end up 2nd.
The 2 groups reached the finals by advancing out of the very first round-robin playoff phase, which was comprised of the leading 4 groups in the standings (the other 2 were Tigres del Licey and Aguilas Cibaeñas).
The Gigantes won their only LIDOM champion in the 2014-15 season. They reached the finals last winter season, however they lost to Aguilas. The Estrellas are three-time LIDOM champs, having actually most just recently won in 2018-19.