Linden provides fireworks for Estrellas
Giants farmhand hits pair of solo homers to lead Oriente to victory
Dominican Winter League
Oriente 9, Cibao 6
Giants farmhand Todd Linden hit a pair of solo home runs to lead the Estrellas in a high-scoring affair. The blasts were the switch-hitting slugger's third and fourth during his nine games with Oriente. Over 127 regular-season games for Triple-A Fresno, the 32-year-old hit just 11 homers in his return to the Minors following stints in Japan and the independent North American League. Reds outfielder Denis Phipps also launched his first Dominican homer and drove in two runs as the Estrellas cleanup hitter. Felix Pie (Braves) and Alex Valdez added a double and two RBIs each.
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura kicked off the scoring for the Gigantes with a two-run shot off Red Sox prospect Stolmy Pimentel in the first inning. Marlins' No. 5 prospect Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer of his own in the eighth to close the game's scoring. Box score
Cibaenas 2, Escogido 0
Miguel Batista, who spent parts of the regular season with the Braves and Mets organizations, led a group of seven Aguilas hurlers who combined on a shutout in the team's win on Monday. The 41-year-old right-hander gave up five hits and struck out one in his four innings as the team's starter. Tony Pena Jr. (Red Sox) earned the win after tossing hitless fifth and sixth innings. Luis Vizcaino received his first save with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth.
Hector Luna and Juan Carlos Perez drove in both Cibaenas runs. Box score
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