The Criollos de Caguas took a 3 games to 2 lead in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico Championship over the Indios de Mayaguez with a 4-2 win.
The big blow for Caguas came in the 4th inning with the team down 1-0 when Johnny Monell (1-for-3) blasted a 2-run home run. The home run gave Caguas the lead which they would never surrender.
Caguas would pick up two more runs in the 5th inning on a 2-out, 2-run double by Carlos Rivera (2-for-3). That would be all that Caguas would need as they got a great start from Michael Nix (W, 2-1), who pitched with independent Sugar Land of the Atlantic League in 2012.
Nix went 6 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 6 to pick up the win. Saul Rivera (S, 6) picked up the save with a perfect 9th inning. Matt DeSalvo, another Atlantic League pitcher in 2012, took the loss tossing 4.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 3 hits.
The win snaps a two game losing streak for Caguas in the championship series. Game 6 will take place on Friday January 25. Caguas is just one win away from a trip to the Caribbean Series.
LBPRC Championship Schedule:
Game 1: Mayaguez 4, Caguas 5
Game 2: Caguas 3, Mayaguez 1
Game 3: Mayaguez 2, Caguas 1
Game 4: Caguas 5, Mayaguez 6
Game 5: Mayaguez 2, Caguas 4
Game 6: 01/25 8:00 pm
*Game 7: 01/26 7:15 pm
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