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Dominican Republic: 2012 Caribbean Series Day 1 Scores

Dominican Republic: 2012 Caribbean Series Day 1 Scores

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The 2012 Caribbean Series began on Thursday with Puerto Rico facing off with Venezuela and Mexico squaring off with the host Dominican team.

So far the games have been exciting as Puerto Rico led off the Series with a win as Venezuela continues to struggle at the Series after finishing in last place a season ago.

Venezuela 1, Puerto Rico 3

Venezuela got off to a good start by scoring a run in the top of the 1st inning, but that’s all they could muster against the Puerto Rico pitching staff. Nelson Figueroa (W, 1-0) pitched 6.2 innings giving up a single run on a Adonis Garcia (2-for-4) single to pick up the win. Figueroa struck out 8 and gave up only 7 hits. Saul Rivera (S, 1) picked up the save with a scoreless 9th.

Puerto Rico bounced back quickly after being down early by scoring 2 runs of their own in the 2nd inning. Ruben Gotay (2-for-3) supplied the runs on a 2-run RBI single to right field. Jeff Dominguez (2-for-4) added the 3rd run of the game on a RBI single in the bottom of the 8th.

Seth Etherton (L, 0-1) took the loss for Venezuela going 4.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7.

Venezuela looks to bounce back on day two as they will take on the host Dominican team while Puerto Rico faces Mexico.

Mexico 1, Dominican Republic 2

The Obregon Yaquis started their title defense for Mexico against the host Dominican team on Thursday by dropping their match 2-1.  The two teams started off the 2011 Series with a memorable 15 inning game that was won by Mexico 4-3. Mexico defeated the Dominican team twice in last year’s series which was the difference between 1st and 2nd place. The Dominican’s got their payback on Thursday.

Kris Johnson (W, 1-0) pitched 5 superb innings allowing 1 run (0 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 4 to earn the victory. He was followed by a trio of relievers that did not allow a hit or walk for 4 innings to close out the game. Ramon Garcia pitched 2 innings, Jerry Gil pitched the 8th, and Jario Asencio (S, 1) closed out the game in the 9th to earn the save.

All the scoring came early in the game as Mexico jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the top of the 2nd on a Kris Johnson wild pitch. That was all the offense Mexico could muster as they were shut down the rest of the way.

The Dominican Republic bounced back quickly and tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Pedro Florimon (0-for-3) grounded out softly to second base scoring Wilkin Castillo (1-for-1). The only other run of the game came in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With no outs, the Dominican Republic loaded the bases. Julio Lugo (1-for-4) promptly grounded into a double play scoring Pablo Ozuna (1-for-3) from third base.

Standings
Country Club W L W/L % GB
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 1 0 1.000   –
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez 1 0 1.000   –
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Yaquis de Obregón 0 1   .000   1
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 0 1   .000   1

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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