The Puerto Rico Winter League (Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente or LBPRC) Finals have begun between the Indios de Mayaguez (Mayaguez Indians) and the Criollos de Caguas (Caguas Creoles).
The Criollos de Caguas have taken a 2-0 lead in the finals after a 3-1 victory in Game 2.
Game 1 saw Caguas hold off a 8th inning comeback attempt by Mayaguez to win 5-4. Henry Ramos and Ramon Castro led the way offensively for Caguas each going 3-for-4. Cole McCurry (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching an inning of relief. Saul Rivera (S, 4) came in to close the game in the 9th for his 4th save.
Offensively for Mayaguez Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Giancarlo Alvarado (L, 1-1) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings giving up 11 hits and 4 runs.
Caguas took Game 2 as well behind a strong performance by starter Kelvin Villa (W, 1-1) who went 7.2 innings allowing just 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 10. Designated hitter Johnny Monell (2-for-4) provided a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Carlos Rivera added 3 hits of his own as Caguas took a 2 game lead. Saul Rivera (S, 5) came in to close it out again.
Mayaguez starter Jeremy Kehrt (L, 1-2) took the loss lasting 5 innings giving up 3 runs. The Indians only managed 4 hits in the game, all singles.
Game 3 will be Sunday afternoon at 4:15 pm. The Indians have an uphill battle if they are to defend their title from a year ago and return to the Caribbean Series.
LBPRC Schedule and Results
Mayaguez 4, Caguas 5
Caguas 3, Mayaguez 1
Game 3 Sunday 1/20
Game 4 Tuesday 1/22
*Game 5 Wednesday 1/23
*Game 6 Friday 1/25
*Game 7 Saturday 1/26
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