MANILA—Charlie Labrado pitched a three-hit shutout as the Manila Sharks tamed the Batangas Bulls, 7-0, Saturday to sweep the Dunkin’ Donuts Baseball Philippines Series 7 crown at the Rizal Memorial ballpark.
Labrador went the full route, striking out three batters and issuing two walks while the Sharks backed him up with an eight-hit attack that produced five runs in the sixth inning.
The Sharks, who also took Game 1 last week, 8-2, clinched a record se-cond straight title after ruling Series 6 last June over the Cebu Dolphins.
“I want to congratulate the Manila Sharks’ historic back-to-back championships especially (assistant team manager) Richard Cruz who put this team together since Day 1,” said the Sharks’ owner Mikee Romero.
“Next assignment for Richard is to assemble the next Philippine team together,” added Romero, who promised support for the national squad.
Team manager Joehl Palanog credited his battle-scarred crew led by Labrador, who outpitched Batangas hurlers Vladymir Eguia and Romeo Jasmin.
“We are the more complete team and we showed how badly we need the championship,” said Palanog, who also mentors National University.
Manila picked up a run in the first inning, added one more in the third before all but wrapping up the win with that five-run binge in the sixth highlighted by a two-run single by Francis Candela.
Batangas team manager Randy Dizer, who led the Bulls to Series 3 and Series 5 titles, still lauded his team for reaching the finals despite its youth-laden lineup.