The Criollos de Caguas are the new champions of the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico with their 13-3 win over the Indios de Mayaguez on Friday night.
Caguas chased Mayaguez starter Aaron Miller (L, 2-2) after just a third of an inning. They jumped out with a 6 run top of the first to set the tone for the day. Mayaguez would never get close.
Seven of the nine batters for Caguas drove in a run and all but one collected a hit. Andy Gonzalez (3-for-5) and Jorge Padilla (3-for-6) collected the most hits. Padilla drove in a pair of runs as well. Luis Mateo had a good game as well going 2-for-4 with a double, driving in 2 runs, and stealing a base.
Kelvin Villa (W, 2-1) was the beneficiary of the run support. He pitched 5 innings allowing just 1 run on 6 hits.
The win gives Caguas a trip to the Caribbean Series that will start on February 1 in Mexico.
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: Caguas 13, Mayaguez 3
Caguas wins series 4-2
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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.