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Leones get a big win in Game 2 to remain undefeated

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The Leones remain the only undefeated team in the southern region after defeating the Pirates De Campeche for the second extra-inning game of the series with a 3-2 score on a line drive by Brayan Quintero.

The former Detroit Tigers second-round draft pick took the mound making his LMB debut through five innings, allowing three hits and a single run.

Things started hot for the Leones when in the bottom of the second, Walter Ibarra hits a solo home run giving the Leones an early lead until the top of the fourth when a Pirates run would tie the game 1-1.

Liddi stepped to the plate at the bottom of the fifth with bases loaded driving in Flores, who at the plate was called out but upon review was declared safe. That brought Luis Papon to the plate, hitting a pop-up fly in the third out of the inning. The Leones led 2-1 going into the ninth inning.

The first game of the series went into extra innings, and this one would, as Ibarra was thrown out at first after attempting a bunt at the plate. The game went to the 10th with a score of 2-2 after another controversial call at home plate, this time in favor of the Pirates resulting in a run.

The bottom of the 10th ended with a drive from the bat of Brayan Quintero through the Pirates’ third baseman’s legs, driving Liddi, the winning runner, across home.

Fans will have another reason to support the team. Pitcher Yoanner Negrín will be playing for a franchise record, tying Salvador Rodríguez as the third-most winning pitcher in the history of the Leones franchise. The game will start at 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

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