JOSEPH Orillana had a solo home run in the fourth inning to support Cebu’s fine pitching display as the Dolphins defeated the Manila Sharks, 6-1, in Game Two on Sunday to sweep the Baseball Philippines Series 9 finals at the Rizal ballpark.
Orillana’s lead-off home run broke a 1-1 tie after three innings before the Dolphins scored two more runs in the seventh and ninth inning to put the finishing touches to Cebu's third title, tying them with Manila for most championships in the fledgling league.
Starter Christian Maghanoy allowed only a run and six hits over seven innings before turning the pitching reins to Karl Peralta, who likewise starved Manila to one hit the rest of the way as the Dolphins wrapped up a 2-0 sweep of the best-of-three series.
Joennard Pareja, who was named MVP of Series 9, pushed home Ramil Magno at the top of the third but Manila’s Edward Landicho tied the game with a single at the bottom half of the inning.
But Orillana, a regular in the national squad, quickly helped the Dolphins regain the advantage after leading off in the fourth with a home run after sitting out the semifinal round due to an ankle injury.
From there, Cebu made sure the lead would stand.
Lorenzo Ubungen’s one-out single scored Herxel Fortunato while Ram Casey Alipio singled home Pareja to grab a 4-1 lead in the seventh before Alipio and Miggy Corcuera sent home insurance runs in the ninth for the Dolphins.
After giving up his only hit of the game with a single by Warren Vispo, Peralta retired the final three batters to end the championship series.
Ubungen was adjudged the Finals MVP for his stellar play in the Dolphins’ 8-6 victory in Game One.
In the battle for third, Dumaguete beat the Alabang Tigers, 6-4, after the Uni-bikers tallied four runs in the eighth inning.
The individual awardees were handed down prior to Game Two. The rest of the awardees are as follows:
Best Umpire: Jojo Abaa
Best Manager: Iking Jimenez – Dumaguete Uni-bikers
Most Stolen Base: Jarus Inobio – Manila Sharks