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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Easy Eddie goes deep (update)

Did you see Edwin Encarnacion three-run homer in the Dominican League finals? It made the SportsCenter top ten. The announcer's call is right out the World Cup elongated goal call. Maybe Marty should try it this season.

For the Spanish speaking among us (www.aguiluchos.com):

SANTO DOMINGO -- Edwin Encarnación comenzó la serie final del béisbol dominicano justamente como terminó la del año pasado.

Encarnación pegó cuadrangular de tres carreras en la primera entrada para dirigir a las Aguilas Cibaeñas a una victoria 8-3 sobre los Tigres del Licey, el jueves, en el estadio Quisqueya de Santo Domingo.

El segundo partido de la serie, programada al mejor en nueve juegos, se juega el viernes en Santiago, hogar de las Aguilas. Ambos equipos están empatados, con 19 títulos, como los más ganadores de la liga.

Encarnación, el antesalista regular de los Rojos de Cincinnati en las Grandes Ligas, desapareció un lanzamiento del zurdo Randy Leek (0-1) con dos compañeros en circulación para liderar una primera entrada de cuatro carreras, que fueron decisivas en el triunfo de las Aguilas.

En la serie final del torneo anterior, Encarnación fue el Jugador Más Valioso al destrozar el pitcheo de los Tigres y conducir a los cibaeños al triunfo. El toletero bateó .393 (28-11) con tres jonrones y 7 carreras impulsadas en siete juegos.

And it you want to watch a little Winter Baseball, this from ESPN:

ESPN Deportes to Offer Exclusive Coverage of the Winter Leagues Championship Series from Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela

Coverage Begins Today with Game #1 of the Dominican League Baseball Finals

As the 2007 winter league baseball season comes to an end, ESPN Deportes will present the most extensive coverage of the winter baseball championship series from the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuelan. Throughout the next several weeks, ESPN Deportes will televise more than 120 hours of winter league baseball games, culminating with live coverage of the 2008 Caribbean Series. Coverage of the finals begins today with game #1 of the Dominican League Championship series featuring archrivals Tigres del Licey and Águilas Cibaeñas at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tigres del Licey and Águilas Cibaeñas have both won 19 titles in the Dominican League finals. This season the Puerto Rican League recessed from play in Winter League Baseball, therefore the Dominican Republic league will feature two representative teams – Tigres del Licey and Águilas Cibaeñas – in the upcoming tournament. Puerto Rico is expected to re-join the tournament next year.

On Monday, Tigres del Licey advanced to the Dominican League finals after winning the seventh game of the playoffs when pitchers Ervin Santana (LAA), Dámaso Marte (PIT) and Carlos Marmol (CHC) combined to throw a no-hitter against Estrellas Orientales, the first ever no hit game in Dominican League playoff history. Santana pitched six hitless innings, striking out nine and walking two, while Marte tossed an inning and two-thirds, striking out three with a hit batsman. Mámol closed the game by pitching an inning and one-third, striking out two. With this win, Tigres del Licey also secured a spot to the 2008 Caribbean Series.

Tigres del Licey’s archrival, Águilas Cibaeñas, advanced to the finals Wednesday night after defeating Estrellas Orientales 7-6. The Los Angeles Dodger’s Rafael Furcal led the team to their third consecutive Dominican League final going a perfect 4-4 at the plate with three RBI’s. Santiago Ramírez was credited with the win, but closer Randy Choate (MIL) worked out of jam in the 8th inning when he induced h Abraham Núñez (PHI) into a double play to end the game

The Dominican League Baseball commentator team includes Juan Marichal, the only Dominican-born player in the Hall of Fame (analyst), Ernesto Jerez (play-by-play), Kevin Cabral (analyst) and Carlos Jose Lugo (sideline reporter).

Coverage of the Championship Series of the Mexico begins January Tuesday, January 22. The start date for Venezuelan finals will be announced at a later date.

Dominican League Championship Series on ESPN Deportes

Date Time (ET) Teams
Thur., Jan. 17 6:30 p.m. Águilas @ Licey
Fri., Jan. 18 7:00 p.m. Licey @ Águilas
Sat., Jan. 19 6:30 p.m. Águilas @ Licey
Su., Jan. 20 4:00 p.m. Licey @ Águilas
Mon., Jan. 21 4:00 p.m. Águilas @ Licey
Wed., Jan. 23 7:00 p.m. Licey @ Águilas
Thur., Jan. 24 6:30 p.m. Águilas @ Licey
Fri., Jan. 25 7:00 p.m. Licey @ Águilas
Sat., Jan. 26 6:30 p.m. Águilas @ Licey


at 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always thought that if the Reds let Eddy play 150 games a season (barring injury) he would be a top 5 3rd baseman in the league. It always seems like he can never get in a rythym because he is splitting time with Freel/Aurillia/Keppinger. Maybe Dusty will be different and let him do his things even if he has some down times.

at 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a link to the video on ESPN's site: http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?&brand=deportes&videoId=3202579&n8pe6c=2

Maybe Mr. Grosser can translate for those of us who had Coach Rosen.

at 2:32 PM Blogger Phill said...

Without translating it word for word the gist of it is that Edwin helped propel Aguilas to victory over the Tigers. They play the last game of the series today which will break a tie between the two clubs for most titles/series wins at 19.(that part I was a little shaky on so anyone correct me if I'm wrong)

It also states at the end that he was the MVP of the last Aguilas v Tigers series. It says that he's batted 11-28(.393) with three home runs and 7 RBI's in seven games.

at 2:38 PM Blogger Laura said...

Here you go:

SANTO DOMINGO - Edwin Encarnacion began the championship series of the Dominican League just like he ended the year before.

Encarnacion hit a three-run homerun in the first inning to lead the Cibaeñas Eagles to a 8-3 victory over the Tigers of Licey, Thursday in Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo.

The second game of the series, a best of nine, will be played Thursday in Santiago, home of the Eagles. Both teams will be tied, with 19 titles, as the most winning in the league.

Encarnacion, the starting third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds of the Major Leagues, homered on a pitch from left hander Randy Leek (0-1) with two runners on base, the winning runs in the Eagles’ victory.

In last year’s series, Encarnaction was the MVP, destroying the pitching of the Tigers and leading the Cibaeños to victory. His batting average was .393 (11-28) with three homeruns and 7 RBIs in seven games.

at 2:39 PM Anonymous Jorge Gonzalez said...

Hello! I am a HUGE Reds fan from Mexico that reads this blog everyday... I would like to contribute by translating this article. Keep up the good work John!

Edwin Encarnación started the final series of the Dominican Baseball League just the way he ended last year's.

Encarnación hit a three run homerun in the first inning to guide the Eagles to a 8-3 victory over the Tigers, on thursday, at Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo.

The second game of the best of nine series, is scheduled for friday in Santiago, home of the Eagles. Both teams are tied, with 19 championships, as the winniest teams in the league.

Encarnación, the everyday third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds in the Major Leagues, made disappear a pitch by the southpaw Randy Leek (0-1) with two men on base to lead a four run first inning, which was the key inning in the win for the Eagles.

In last year's final series, Encarnación was the Most Valuable Player after he destroyed the Tigers' pitching and leading his team to victory. He batted for .393 (11/28) with 3 homeruns and seven runs batted in.

at 2:44 PM Anonymous Jorge Gonzalez said...

And translating the video highlight...

Top of the first, 2-2 count, with no outs, Edwin Encarnación, "goodbye lady, have a good day!"... Edwin hits a three run shot to left field.

Doesn't make much sense haha but well I guess he is no John Miller or one of the Brennamans.

at 2:58 PM Blogger Laura said...

Oops, I left part out! Thanks for your translation, Jorge!

at 3:02 PM Anonymous allen said...

I put the text into Babelfish just for fun. The translation is hilarious. Go Reds!

Thanks, Jorge, for your accurate translation.

Santo Domingo -- Edwin Incarnation exactly began the final series of the Dominican baseball as the one of the last year finished. Incarnation beat quadrangular of three races in the first entrance to direct to the Aguilas Cibaeñas to a victory 8-3 on the Tigers of the Licey, Thursday, in the Quisqueya stage of Santo Domingo. The second party of the series, programmed to the best one in nine games, gambles Friday in Santiago, home of the Aguilas. Both equipment is tied, with the 19 titles, as most winning of the league. Incarnation, the regular antesalista of the Rojos de Cincinnati in the Great Leagues, disappeared a launching of the left-handed person Randy Leek (0-1) with two companions in circulation to lead one first entrance of four races, that were decisive in the triumph of the Aguilas. In the final series of the previous match, Incarnation was the Player Most valuable when destroying the pitcheo of the Tigers and to lead to the cibaeños to the triumph. The toletero batted 393 (28-11) with three home runs and 7 races impelled in seven games.

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