By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
On Sunday Night, at Estadio Yamil Rios in Rivas, Nicaragua, Boer shut out Gigantes de Rivas 3-0. Indios de Boer starting pitcher Luis Ramirez received the win, pitching eight dazzling innings of three hit baseball, allowing two walks and four strikeouts in his stellar performance to tie the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Nacional championship series series up at one game apiece prior to game three.
Gigantes manager Lenin Picota put Ronald Medrano on the mound to silence the bats of Boer in game three, and he did, going six innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, walking one batter and striking out five, as Gigantes de Rivas answered back with an 11-0 shutout of their own to take a 2-1 series lead.
Gigantes got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Wuillians Vasquez unleashed a three-run home run to right field, bringing home Oflio Castro and Roger Bernadina for a 3-0 lead.
Boer starting pitcher Kenword Burton was on a short leash entering the top of the third inning, and was taken out after going 2.1 innings, allowing three hits, four earned runs, walking two batters, and striking out two, forcing manager Joel Fuentes to go the bullpen early.
In the top of the third inning, Jesus Valdez looked to extend the lead as he roped a single up the middle, scoring Brandon Leyton to make it 4-0.
Medrano pitched lights out the rest of the way and Gigantes ran away in the later innings, scoring six runs in the top of the eighth to go up 11-0, with key hits from Leyton, driving a single to score Vasquez to make it 6-0, and then Cheslor Cuthbert, ripping a bases-clearing three-run double to left field, scoring Rafael Estrada, Ivan Marin, and Leyton to go up 9-0.
The Gigantes’ bullpen combined for three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, no earned runs, one walk and one strikeout as relief pitcher Elvin Garcia closed the book the 11-0 win at Estadio Nacional Soberania in Managua.
Game four of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Nacional championship series will be played today at Estadio Yamil Rios at 7 p.m. EST and will be streamed on the Viva Nicaragua Canal 13 Facebook and YouTube pages.