A team that started 1-3 in the round robin will be in the 2017 Caribbean Series Championship, Puerto Rico. It defeated Venezuela in the semifinal this afternoon 9-6.
Puerto Rico held off a late inning rally for the win after almost blowing a 9-2 lead. Puerto Rico picked up 4 runs in the top of the first to jump out on top of Venezuela starter Mitch Lively, who didn’t make it out of the first frame. They continued pounding reliever Wil Ledezma for 3 runs over 2.2 innings before he was pulled.
Orlando Roman (W, 1-0) got the start for Puerto Rico and pitched well going 5.0 innings. He gave up just 1 run on seven hits while striking out 7. Reliever William Oliver was touched up for 4 runs in 2.2 innings, all in the 8th inning.
Venezuela made a comeback picking up 4 in the 8th, including a 2-run double from Ronny Cedeno. Venezuela then loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 9th, but Ricardo Gomez worked out of the jam to pick up the save.
Notable Performers: David Vidal hit a home run and drove in 2 runs for Puerto Rico. Henry Ramos set the table going 3-for-5 and scoring 2 runs from the lead off spot. Denis Phipps homered in the loss for Venezuela.
2017 Caribbean Series Schedule:
Wednesday, February 01:
- Cuba 4, Dom. Rep. 0 – Full Box Score
- Puerto Rico 2, Mexico 4 Full Box Score
Thursday, February 02:
- Venezuela 4, Puerto Rico 3 Full Box Score
- Mexico 7, Dom. Rep. 2 Full Box Score
Friday, February 03:
- Puerto Rico 1, Cuba 6 Full Box Score
- Venezuela 1, Mexico 5 Full Box Score
Saturday, February 04:
- Dom. Rep. 2, Puerto Rico 10
- Cuba 3, Venezuela 8
Sunday, February 05:
- Dom. Rep. 3, Venezuela 4
- Mexico 0, Cuba 4
Monday, February 06:
- Puerto Rico 9, Venezuela 6 Full Box Score
- Cuba vs Mexico
Tuesday, February 07:
- Puerto Rico vs. TBD 9:00 p.m.
All times ET
2017 Caribbean Series Standings:
- Mexico 3-1
- Cuba 3-1
- Venezuela 3-2
- Puerto Rico 2-3
- Dominican Republic 0-4
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.