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MLB Says No to Cuba in Caribbean Series


In mid-June Cuba said it would rejoin the Caribbean Series after a 53-year absence. However, that may now be in jeopardy thanks to Major League Baseball.

A Major League Baseball official told the organizers of the Caribbean Series that it would not cooperate with the 2014 tournament if Cuba is allowed to play.

Consent from MLB is crucial since many of the players that play for the teams are under contract to MLB clubs. But the Baseball Confederation of the Caribbean is working on obtaining a license from the US Government to allow a Cuban team in the 2014 tournament scheduled for February 1-7 in Venezuela.

In the early years of the tournament, Cuba was dominant. It won seven titles from 1949-1960. Then Fidel Castro took over, and he dissolved professional baseball canceling the 1961 tournament. After a nine year absence, the tournament restarted in 1970 without Cuba. That is how it has been ever since.

So earlier this year when it was announced that Cuba would rejoin the Series, there were many people who were very excited. Now that all may be in jeopardy because of two governments that can’t get along.

Another hitch in the plan is the plan for the Caribbean Series to return to the United States in another four years or so. The Series has been in talks with the Miami Marlins about the possibility of using their stadium to return to the area where the tournament was played as recent as 1991.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Cuba participates in the World Baseball Classic, which partly takes place in the USA. So many are asking why MLB would try to ban a team from Cuba from playing in the Caribbean Series when it is allowed in the WBC.

It was announced on MLB’s official website on June 11 that Cuba would be joining the Series. Just over a month later, MLB sent out an ultimatum to the Confederation.

According to Diario Libre, which obtained a copy of the letter dated July 15, MLB Vice President of Operations Kim Ng wrote to Puello that MLB would grant the Confederation 24 hours to retract its agreement with Cuba. Otherwise, MLB will decline to sign its annual Caribbean Series agreement with the Confederation. U.S. sanctions, Ng said in the letter, require MLB to apply for licenses, and there is not enough time to do so before the tournament.¹

It appears that the Confederation has until August 15 to rescind the invitation to Cuba. If they fail to do so by that day, MLB will be unable to sign the annual agreement for the 2014 tournament.

¹ Cuba Standard (2013-08-07) “MLB threatens to pull plug on Caribbean Series over Cuba

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Caribbean Series Eyes Possible Return to Miami


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The Caribbean Series could possibly return to Miami in the near future. Caribbean Baseball Confederation president Juan Francisco Puello Herrera has been in talks with the Miami Marlins about the possibility of using their new stadium in Little Havana.

The talks are still early, and the Series might not return to Miami for another four years or so.

The tournament was held at the Orange Bowl, site of the current Miami Marlins Park, in 1990. It was also held at Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium in 1991. The Series was going through hard times during their trips to Miami, and Puello would like to reestablish the events image in the heavily Latin populated area.

Another factor is the possible return of Cuba to the Series. Cuba hasn’t played since 1961, but its return is still a long shot. Puello has stated that Cuba would have to commit to the Series to return. It would not be allowed for just one series. It would have to be on a permanent basis.

The 2014 Caribbean Series will return to Venezuela. The tournament rotates between the four countries participating (Mexico, Venezuala, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic).

Next year it will take place in Margarita which is a large island on the northeast coast of the country. It will be played at Estadio Guatamare where the Series debuted in 2010 when the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Republic took home the title.

The Series will rotate to Puerto Rico in 2015 and the Dominican Republic in 2016.

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Caribbean Series: Luis Mendoza Named MVP of Series


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The All-Stars of the 2013 Caribbean Series were named prior to Thursday’s Championship Game.

Luis Mendoza, a Kansas City Royals pitcher, was named the Most Valuable Player of the round robin portion of the tournament. Mendoza was part of Mexico’s Yaquis de Obregon team that went on to win the title.

Mendoza made two starts in the tournament pitching 13.1 scoreless innings. He flirted with a no-hitter on Wednesday taking one into the eighth inning when he would pitch 7.1 innings giving up just two hits to earn the win. That win against Puerto Rico put Mexico into the Championship Game against the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Republic.

The rest of the All-Stars were:

• Manager: Audo Vicente (DR)
• Catcher: Francisco Pena (DR)
• Pitcher: Mendoza
• First base: Donell Linares (DR)
• Second base: Jose Ramirez (DR)
• Third base: Mario Lisson (Venezuela)
• Shortstop: Miguel Tejada (DR)
• Outfielder: Marlon Byrd (Mexico)
• Outfielder: Ricardo Nanita (DR)
• Outfielder: Doug Clark (Mexico)
• Designated hitter: Barbaro Canizares (Puerto Rico)
• Right-handed pitcher: Mendoza
• Left-handed pitcher: Efraim Nieves (Puerto Rico)
• Relief pitcher: David Reyes (Mexico)
• Closer: Saul Rivera (Puerto Rico)

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Caribbean Series: Doug Clark Ends Championship with Home Run in the 18th Inning


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – It took 18 innings and just about eight hours of play before the Yaquis de Obregon of Mexico could hold on to pick up the win over the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Republic. The 4-3 victory in the first Championship Game gave Mexico the 2013 Caribbean Series title. It was their second title in three years, both by Obregon.

Mexico led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning but couldn’t hang on. Ricardo Nanita (1-for-8) homered to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

From there it was a battle of bullpens for another nine innings. It looked again like Mexico might pull out the win in the 14th inning, but once again they couldn’t hold on. Karim Garcia (1-for-5) led off the inning with a home run to give Mexico a 3-2 lead. But with a one-run lead in the 14th Mexico’s pitching staff couldn’t find the strike zone. Edgar Gonzalez walked the first two batters. After a couple of ground outs, the face of the Caribbean Series came to the plate with a chance to tie or win it, Miguel Tejada (2-for-8). Tejada preceeded to single to right field driving in the tying run.

Mexico pitching walked 10 batters, but eight of those were in the last 6.1 innings including six in a 2.1 inning streak. Starter Rodrigo Lopez pitched brilliantly tossing 7.2 innings of one run ball (unearned). Marco Carrillo (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching four innings of scoreless relief.

The Dominican Republic starter Angel Castro pitched just as well as Lopez. He tossed 7.2 innings giving up just two runs (1 earned) on two hits. He was on the hook for the loss until Nanita homered in the ninth inning. The pitching staff struck out 21 Mexico hitters and gave up only six hits over 18 innings. Edward Valdez (L, 0-1) took the loss giving up a run in the 18th inning.

That lone run in the 18th inning came off the bat of longtime journeyman Doug Clark (2-for-7). With one out, Clark sent the first pitch he saw just over the right field fence giving Mexico the lead and eventually the win.

Clark bounced around in the minor leagues from 1998 to 2007. He got a “cup of coffee” in the Major Leagues in 2005 and 2006 getting into the action in fourteen games for San Francisco and Oakland. After that he took off for the foreign leagues starting first in South Korea with the Hanwha Eagles and then onto the Nexen Heroes between 2008-2010. Ever since leaving Korea, Clark has been playing in the Mexican League for Quintana Roo.

The game tied the record for most innings (18) with a game that came in 2007. It also set the record for the longest game at seven hours and 28 minutes).

Doug Clark was named MVP of the championship.

It was Mexico’s seventh Caribbean Series title tying them with Venezuela and Cuba. It was the second title won by the Yaquis de Obregon.

Photos courtesy Yaquis de Obregon

Clark HR

Doug Clark rounds the bases after his 18th inning home run

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Caribbean Series: Mexico Defeats Puerto Rico to Earn Trip to Championship Game


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Mexico got seven no-hit innings out of Luis Mendoza (W, 2-0) and pounded their way to victory over Puerto Rico to finish in second place in the round robin to earn a trip to the championship game against the Dominican Republic.

Mendoza went 7.1 innings giving up two hits, four walks, and struck out nine. He was great for the first seven innings before giving up a lead off double in the eighth to pick up the win. The bullpen came in and finished off the shutout.

Offensively Mexico scored their runs in bunches. In the second inning, Barbaro Canizares (1-for-4) hit a two-run home run as Mexico would put a three spot on the scoreboard to get everything started.

Mexico would pick up another five runs in the sixth inning. Marlon Byrd (2-for-4) picked up a pair of doubles and drove in three runs. Iker Franco (1-for-3) also drove in two runs for Mexico.

The loss ended Puerto Rico’s short winning streak as they pushed to get back into the hunt for the championship.

With the win, Mexico plays the Dominican Republic today for the championship.

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 5-1

2. Mexico 3-3

3. Puerto Rico 2-4

4. Venezuela 2-4

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Caribbean Series: Dominican Republic Eliminates Venezuela; Awaits Mexico – Puerto Rico Winner


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The Dominican Republic earned a spot in the new Championship Game of the 2013 Caribbean Series with a win over Mexico on Tuesday. On Wednesday they eliminated Venezuela with a 4-2 win.

Both team got good starts from their starting pitcher. The Dominican’s Carlos Pimentel pitched four innings giving up only one unearned run on two hits. The bullpen did just as well giving up only one run on three hits the rest of the way. Pimentel didn’t factor in the decision, but Armando Rodriguez (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Jailen Peguero (S, 1) got the save with a scoreless ninth.

On the other side of the field, Sergio Perez started and pitched well for Venezuela going five innings giving up just one run on five hits.

The game was a pitching duel between the two bullpens, until the ninth inning.

Victor Moreno (L, 0-1) came in to start the ninth for Venezuela. He got the inning started off right with a strikeout. Then he walked a batter and struck out another. So with two outs and a runner at second, after a stolen base, he was lifted for reliever Marcos Tabata.

The Dominican Republic quickly took advantage.

The first hitter Tabata saw, Francisco Pena (2-for-4), hit a two-run home run to put the Dominican in the lead for good.

Venezuela couldn’t come back in the ninth against Peguero and that was it. Their 2013 Caribbean Series ended in disappointment after starting off well. After starting off 2-1, Venezuela dropped the last three games to finish 2-4 and out of the new championship game.

The last game of the round robin features Mexico against Puerto Rico. The winner will advance to face the Dominican Republic in the championship game. In their first meeting, Mexico shutout Puerto Rico 3-0, but Puerto Rico has been hot lately winning their last 2 games.

Full Box Score

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 5-1

2. Mexico 2-3

3. Puerto Rico 2-3

4. Venezuela 2-4

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Caribbean Series: Puerto Rico Wins Again Downing Venezuela 4-1


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Puerto Rico got down early but fought back and clawed their way to a second straight victory, this time over Venezuela by a score of 4-1.

Venezuela got on the board early with a second inning home run by Mario Lisson (2-for-4). But that would be all they would get as the Puerto Rico pitching staff shut them down the rest of the way.

Efrain Nieves (W, 1-0) started and pitched five innings giving up just four hits and the lone run by Venezuela to pick up the win. The bullpen did the rest as three relievers limited Venezuela to just one more hit over the next four innings. Saul Rivera (S, 2) picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Down 1-0, Ramon Castro (2-for-3) tied the game with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Puerto Rico would take the lead an inning later on a Jesus Feliciano (3-for-5) RBI single. They would pick up another run in the eighth and ninth innings to add some cushion to the lead.

The win puts them equal with Venezuela at 2-3 heading into the final day of action.

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 3-1
2. Mexico 2-2
3. Venezuela 2-3
4. Puerto Rico 2-3

2013 Caribbean Series Schedule:

Tuesday February 5th
Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 1
Dominican Republic vs Mexico 9:30 pm

Wednesday February 6th
Dominican Republic vs Venezuela 6:00 pm
Mexico vs Puerto Rico 9:30 pm

Thursday February 7th
Championship 9:00 pm

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Caribbean Series: Mexico Defeats Venezuela to Even Record at 2-2


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Some games go down to the last batter to find a winner. On Monday, Mexico defeated Venezuela at the 2013 Caribbean Series 2-0 scoring the only runs in the game after two batters.

In the bottom of the first inning, Mexico center fielder Chris Roberson (0-for-3) reached on an error by Venezuela first baseman Jose Castillo. The next batter accounted for all of the runs when Alfredo Amezaga (1-for-3) hit a two run home run.

Venezuela starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-1) pitched great allowing only three hits over seven innings. However, one of the three hits was Amezaga’s home run in the first inning.

Rolando Valdez (W, 1-0) pitched well to get the win going seven shutout innings allowing only five hits while striking out six and walking none. Oscar Villarreal (S, 1) picked up the save striking out two in the ninth.

Neither team did anything offensively after the first inning. Mexico collected only three hits and Venezuela seven.

The win evens the standings between the two teams at 2-2 a game behind the leader Dominican Republic.

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 3-1
2. Venezuela 2-2
3. Mexico 2-2
4. Puerto Rico 1-3

2013 Caribbean Series Schedule:

Tuesday February 5th
Puerto Rico vs Venezuela 6:00 pm
Dominican Republic vs Mexico 9:30 pm

Wednesday February 6th
Dominican Republic vs Venezuela 6:00 pm
Mexico vs Puerto Rico 9:30 pm

Thursday February 7th
Championship 9:00 pm

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Caribbean Series: Puerto Rico Downs the Domincan Republic 6-4 in Extra Innings


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Puerto Rico needed an extra inning but it picked up its first win in the 2013 Caribbean Series with a huge win over previously undefeated Dominican Republic 6-4.

Puerto Rico entered the game 0-3 having lost to the Dominican Republic just 6-2 just two days prior. Late in the game it looked like it might be a repeat of the first game with the Dominican leading 4-2 late in the game.

However, Puerto Rico didn’t give up and tied the game at four with two runs in the eighth inning. The inning started off bad for Puerto Rico as the first two batters struck out swinging. But Luis Mateo (2-for-5) kept the inning alive with a two out single. The next batter, Jesus Feliciano (1-for-4) reached on an error by Dominican shortstop Hanley Ramirez putting runners at second and third. Rey Navarro (2-for-5/4 RBI) followed that up with a huge clutch single to tie the game at four.

Navarro would have one more huge hit in the tenth inning. With a runner on, Navarro homered to center field to put Puerto Rico in the lead to stay at 6-4.

Carlos Rivera (3-for-5) and Johnny Monell (3-for-3) both picked up three hits apiece in the win for Puerto Rico.

Jordany Valdespin (2-for-5/2 RBI) and Alberto Rosario (2-for-4) both homered for the Dominican in the loss.

The win puts Puerto Rico’s record at 1-3. Another loss and they would have been completely eliminated for a chance at winning the tournament. The loss hurts the Dominican Republic more who looked to take a 4-0 record into the final two games of the round robin.

Earlier in the tournament, Dominican shortstop Miguel Tejada hit his 14th home run in his Caribbean Series career extending his record. This is Tejada’s 12th Caribbean Series.

Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 3-1
2. Venezuela 2-1
3. Mexico 1-2
4. Puerto Rico 1-3

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Dominican Republic: 2012 Caribbean Series Day 2 Results


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Mexico bounced back from their first loss of the Series and it took 13 innings for the Dominican Republic to keep up its winning ways versus Venezuela.

Puerto Rico 0, Mexico 2

Game 1 of the day saw Mexico rebound from a abysmal offensive performance to pick up their first win of the Series. The offense still wasn’t great, but it was enough to earn the win. Karim Garcia (2-for-4) was the only player with more than 1 hit for Mexico who had a total of 5 on the game. Mexico scored 2 runs in the 4th inning on a Jose Rodriguez (0-for-2) sacrifice fly and an Iker Franco (1-for-3) RBI single.

Two runs was all Mexico would need as it got 7 shutout innings from starter Randy Keisler (W, 1-0) who gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 5. Luis Ayala (S, 1) picked up the save with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Matt DeSalvo (L, 0-1) picked up the loss giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 3.2 innings.

Both teams move to 1-1 in the 2012 Caribbean Series.

Dominican Republic 5, Venezuela 2 (13)

The host Dominican Republic team took 13 innings to defeat Venezuela to move out in front of the standings at 2-0. The loss dropped Venezuela to 0-2.

The Dominican Republic jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the 4th and 5th innings. In the 4th inning, Erick Almonte (2-for-6) got the scoring started with a RBI single to left field scoring Andy Dirks (2-for-6) from 3rd base. They picked up another run in the 5th on a single to center by Pablo Ozuna (3-for-5) scoring Pedro Florimon (1-for-3) to put the Dominican up 2-0.

Venezuela wouldn’t go away though coming back in the bottom of the 7th  to tie the game at 2. Edgardo Alfonzo (1-for-1) got Venezuela on the board with a pinch-hit single to center scoring Luis Maza (0-for-5) who had walked. Cesar Suarez (3-for-6) followed Alfonzo with an infield single to score Miguel Rojas (2-for-5) to tie the game.

The game stayed knotted at 2 until the Dominican broke out with 3 runs in the 13th inning. Florimon led off the inning with a walk. Jose Constanza (1-for-5) promptly sacrificed him to 2nd base. After Ozuna was walked, Dirks game up big with a single to right scoring Florimon. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Venezuela set up the double play by walking Mauro Gomez (0-for-5) intentionally. However, it back fired as new pitcher Francisco Butto immediately gave up a 2-run double to Almonte.

That was all they would need as Jairo Asencio (S, 2) would come in and close out the game for his 2nd save. Merkin Valdez (W, 1-0) picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings of relief.  Dominican starter Lorenzo Barcelo pitched well going 5 scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision. Jon Hunton (L, 0-1) pitched 1.1 innings of relief taking the loss giving up 3 runs.

Standings
Country Club W L W/L % GB
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 2 0 1.000   –
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez 1 1 1.000   1
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Yaquis de Obregón 1 1   .000   1
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 0 2   .000   2

 

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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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Dominican Republic: Leones del Escogida Advance to Caribbean Series


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Leones del Escogida advanced to the Caribbean Series with a 6-5 win over the Aguilas Cibaenas in Game 9 of the Dominican Winter League.

Aguilas jumped out to a 4-1 lead after 4 innings but couldn’t hold on late. The Aguilas pounded 3 home runs but were out hit 13-8. Hector Luna and Miguel Tejada hit solo shots in the 2nd inning, and Jesse Gutierrez added a solo shot in the 9th off of Fernando Rodney. Aguilas starter Raul Valdes pitched 6 strong innings allowing only 1 run but didn’t factor into the decision as the bullpen couldn’t hold on. Wilkins Arias and Miguel Batista (BS, 3)(L, 2-1) both allowed two runs late in the game as it slipped away from Aguilas.

Trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the 7th Escogida would tie it up and take the lead with a run in the 7th and 3 in the 8th. Mauro Gomez hit a solo shot in the 7th inning and Andy Dirks drove in 2 runs in the game including 1 in the 8th on a sac fly. Each hitter for Escogida had at least 1 hit in the game as they pounded out 13 total. Aneury Rodriguez and Nelson Figueroa combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. Fernando Rodney (BS, 2)(W, 2-1) blew the save in the top of the 9th giving up a home run that tied the game, but he picked up the win when Andy Dirks drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

Game 1: Aguilas 2, Escogido 5
Game 2: Escogido 4, Aguilas 1
Game 3: Aguilas 1, Escogido 3
Game 4: Escogido 0, Aguilas 1
Game 5: Aguilas 8, Escogido 5
Game 6: Escogido 1, Aguilas 2
Game 7: Aguilas 2, Escogido 5
Game 8: Escogido 2, Aguilas 9
Game 9: Aguilas, 5, Escogido 6
*Escogido wins the series 5-4

Escogido will face the defending Caribbean Series Champion Obregon Yaquis (Mexico) in their first match on Thursday.

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2012 Caribbean Series Begins Thursday


Three of the 4 teams headed to the Caribbean Series are set with only the winner of the Dominican Winter League yet to be determined.

Mexico

The Obregon Yaquis swept through the Pacific League finals defeating Guasave in 3 close games before demolishing them 19-0 in Game 4 to take their 2nd straight title. The Yaquis are looking for their 2nd straight Caribbean Series title after taking the crown in 2011.

The Yaquis have strengthened their roster with the addition of 8 players prior to their trip to the Dominican Republic. Added were pitchers Dan Serafini (Los Mochis), Miguel Gonzalez (Mazatlan) and Edgar Gonzalez (Hermosillo), catcher Humberto Cota (Hermosillo), infielders Oscar Robles (Mexicali), Jose Rodriguez and Jesus Lopez (both Guasave) plus outfielder Chris Roberson (Hermosillo).

They will kick off their title defense with a game on Thursday February 2nd against the winner of the Dominican League.

Venezuela

The Aragua Tigers defeated the La Guaira Sharks 4 games to 2 in the championship round of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League to earn a trip back to the Caribbean Series where they look to claim their 2nd title. They won their first in 2009.

La Guaira finished on top during the regular season with Aragua barely finishing over .500 with a record of 32-30.

The Tigers are led by Hector Gimenez (.266/7/23), and Edgardo Alphonzo (.267/5/29). On the hill Sergio Perez (3-1/2.47) has pitched well along with relievers Yohan Pino (5-2/1.97/12 holds) and Francisco Butto (2-2/3.38/8 saves).

The Tigers will take on the Mayaguez Indians (Puerto Rico) in the opening game of the Series at 3pm on Thursday.

Puerto Rico

The Mayaguez Indians defeated the Caguas Creoles in 8 games to win the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League. The Indians are searching for their 3rd Caribbean Series title with their titles coming in 1978 and 1992.

The Indians are led by Sergio Miranda (.354 in the playoffs) and Jesus Feliciano (.300/2/7 in the playoffs). Bobby Livingston led the Indians starters on the mound with 2 wins in the playoffs. Ryan Kussmaul picked up 3 wins in the playoffs in 7 games out of the  bullpen.

The Indians will take on the Aragua Tigers (Venezuela) in the first game of the Series at 3pm on Thursday.

Dominican Republic

The Leones del Escogida and the Aguilas Cibaenas are tied 4-4 in the best-of-9 series with the winner advancing to the Caribbean Series.

The series has gone back and forth with Escogida winning the first 3 games, then falling to the Aguilas in the following 3. After splitting games 7 and 8, the series will come down to a winner take all Game 9 on Monday.

Escogida is led by several current and former MLB players like Julio Borbon, Julio Lugo, Jose Constanza and Fernando Tatis. They also have a lot of talent on the hill featuring the likes of Francisco Liriano, who has struggled this winter, and Fernando Rodney.

The Aguilas feature their own hoard of current and former MLB players including Miguel Tejada, Joaquin Arias, and the torrid hitting Brandon Moss. Their pitching staff isn’t as star studded but includes Miguel Batista.

Escogida is looking to return to the Series where they won in 2010, their 3rd title. The Aguilas has won 5 Caribbean Series titles with the last in 2007.

2012 Caribbean Series Schedule

THU, Feb. 2: Aragua Tigers @ Mayaguez Indians (3pm), Obregon @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

FRI
, Feb. 3: Mayaguez Indians @ Obregon (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Aragua Tigers (7pm)

SAT
, Feb. 4: Aragua Tigers @ Obregon (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Mayaguez Indians (7pm)

SUN
, Feb. 5: Mayaguez Indians @ Aragua Tigers (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Obregon (7pm)

MON
, Feb. 6: Obregon @ Mayaguez Indians (3pm), Aragua Tigers @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

TUE
, Feb. 7: Obregon @ Aragua Tigers (3pm), Mayaguez Indians @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

*ALL TIMES LOCAL, ALL GAMES AT ESTADIO QUISQUEYA, SANTO DOMINGO*

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Caribbean Series Expansion in the Works


The two top executives of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation revealed last Tuesday that the entity is preparing to discuss a project that would facilitate the annual participation of two special guests to the Caribbean Series. President, Juan Francisco Puello and Ronaldo Peralta, CEO of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation spoke on ESPN Dominican Radio about the situation in the Venezuelan winter league and the Caribbean Series in 2012. During the interview, Puello and Peralta stated the plan will be presented to the winter leagues of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela at the next ordinary meeting on July 27.

Peralta then offered details of the plan, which if approved would be implemented in the 2013 edition, scheduled to be held in Hermosillo, Mexico. The 2012 Caribbean Series will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Peralta said, “The plan would open the doors to special guests without having to be members of the Caribbean Confederation.” Two teams from Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua or Panama, will be the first candidates to receive direct invitations. Peralta did not confirm it, but Cuba and Colombia are the two countries most likely to clash within two years with the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela in the new stadium in Hermosillo.

Peralta said, “We have to be careful with projects of this nature. Both Colombia and Nicaragua are passive members of theConfederation, but need to consolidate its administrative, management and sports structures” and also said, “TheCaribbean Series is the ultimate event of professional baseball in Latin America and has proven quality.” Puello stated that the July 27th meetings will focus on discussing the important aspects of the organization of Santo Domingo 2012, “We are studying proposals for a new format that includes a change in the schedule of games. We have the best intentions and in July we will discuss the proposals”. A competition format to eliminate ties and other obstacles facing the Caribbean Series will also be addressed.

Courtesy TeamRenteria.com

Jose Jerez is a Latin Correspondent for BaseballdeWorld

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Caribbean Series: 2011 All-Star Team


PUERTO RICO – Caribbean Series Most Valuable Player Jorge Vazquez was joined by four fellow Obregon Yaquis on the 2011 Caribbean Series All-Star Team. The Mexican League Champion won the first title for its country in 6 years posting a Series best 4-2 record.

Vazquez hit .310 over the 6 game series hitting two home runs and driving in six runs. He was joined by three teammates and the Yaquis manager Eddie Diaz. Other Yaquis to make the All-Star team included catcher Iker Franco (.316/1 RBI), right fielder Karim Garcia (.300/2/3), and DH Barbaro Canizares (.333/3 RBI).

The Dominican Republic entry into the Caribbean Series, Este Toros, landed four players on the team as well. Third baseman Danny Richar (.250), left fielder Ruddy Yan (.556/1 RBI), center fielder Jose Constanza (.318/1 RBI), and starting pitcher Raul Valdes (1-0/0.64 ERA) all represented the Dominican Republic on the All-Star team.

Puerto Rico placed two players on the team as well. Second baseman Alex Cora (.381/2 RBI) and relief pitcher Juan Padilla (2-0/2.79 ERA) represented the host country.

The lone representative from Venezuela was shortstop Henry Rodriguez (.429/2 RBI).

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Caribbean Series: Mexico Crowned 2011 Champion


PUERTO RICO – On the final day of the 2011 Caribbean Series, Mexico needed a victory and a Puerto Rico loss to take home its first title in 6 years.  And that’s exactly what happened at Isidoro García Stadium in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Venezuela 2, Mexico 3

Mexico had to win to keep its hopes alive for its 6th Caribbean Series victory and after 5 1/2 innings it wasn’t looking good. In the top of the 4th, Venezuela took a 2 run lead. With one out, Jackson Melian doubled to left field. The next batter, Eliezer Alfonzo (2-4), put Venezuela on top with a 2-run home run. Venezuela starter Seth Etherton (1-1)would cruise until the bottom of the 6th inning.

With Mexico down 2-0 and seeing its chance at a championship slipping away, the bats finally got to Etherton. After Jose Rodriguez (1-3) struck out to start the inning, Justin Christian (2-4) doubled to left field. Everth Cabrera (1-4) was up next and hit a hard line drive to right for a single moving Christian to third. With a ground out to short stop, Agustin Murillo (0-4) drove in the first run for Mexico. Next up strolled Jorge Vazquez (2-4) who sent the Etherton offering sailing over the center field fence for a 2-run bomb putting Mexico on top 3-2.

The Mexico bullpen did the rest holding Venezuela to 1 hit the rest of the way. Venezuela’s best chance to score again after their 2-run 4th was in the 5th inning where they ran themselves out of a possible big inning. With 1 out and runners at 1st and 2nd, Alex Romero (3-4) was at the plate when Niuman Romero (1-4) was caught trying to steal 3rd base. During the same at bat, catcher Iker Franco(0-2) allowed a passed ball. But Franco quickly ran down the ball near the 3rd base dugout only to find Henry Rodriguez (1-4) had rounded 3rd base too far and was caught in a rundown. This was the last threat Venezuela would mount.

Adrian Ramirez picked up the victory going 1.2 innings in relief without allowing a run or a hit. Luis Ayala picked up his 2nd save with 1.2 innings of hitless relief.

Puerto Rico 0, Dominican Republic 3

Puerto Rico had won 2 straight but its last loss came to the hands of the Dominican Republic. This night would be no different as Raul Valdes (1-0) went 7.2 scoreless innings allowing only 4 hits while striking out 6 to shut down the Puerto Rico bats.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when Danny Richar (1-4) started a 2-out rally with a single to center. Next up was Brock Peterson who would reach on an error by shortstop Luis Figueroa (1-4). That would wind up being a big play as the next batter Alejandro De Aza (2-3) tripled to right field driving in 2 runs. The Dominican Republic would tack on an insurance run in the 7th inning when Esteban German (1-3) would single in a run.

Willie Collazo (0-2) pitched well for Puerto Rico going 6.2 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs (only 1 earned) but took the loss. Robinson Cancel went 2-for-4 garnering half the hits for team Puerto Rico.

With the Puerto Rico loss and Mexico win, Mexico becomes the 2011 Caribbean Series Champion. It is their 6th title and first since 2005.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4
    • Venezuela 5, Puerto Rico 3
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela 5, Dominican Republic 6
    • Puerto Rico 7, Mexico 3
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico 7, Venezuela3
    • Dominican Republic 4, Puerto Rico 3
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico 6, Dominican Republic 3
    • Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 2
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic 0, Venezuela 3
    • Mexico 6, Puerto Rico 7
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela 2, Mexico 3
    • Puerto Rico 0, Dominican Republic 3

2011 Caribbean Series Standings:

Team Won Lost
Mexico 03 02
Puerto Rico 03 03
Dominican Republic 03 03
Venezuela 02 04

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Caribbean Series: Puerto Rico and Venezuela Win on Day 5


PUERTO RICO – Venezuela used good pitching and a solo home run by Alexis Espinoza to defeat the Dominican Republic 3-0 on Sunday in the 2011 Caribbean Series. In the other game of the day, Puerto Rico held off a 9th inning rally by Mexico to win 7-6.

Dominican Republic 0, Venezuela 3

Manny Ayala pitched 5 shutout innings allowing only 4 hits and 1 walk to pick up the victory for Venezuela. The bullpen followed Ayala up with 4 more shutout innings to run its record to 2-3 in the 2011 Caribbean Series. The Venezuela pitching staff scattered 8 hits, all singles, and forced the Dominican Republic to strand 9 runners.

Eulogio De La Cruz pitched well for the Dominican Republic going 5 innings allowing 2 runs, only 1 earned, on 3 hits but picked up the loss as the Dominican offense couldn’t break through. De La Cruz gave up a solo home run to Espinoza (2-4) in the 5th for the only earned run.

Venezuela picked up an unearned run in the 4th to start the scoring. They picked up the run in the 5th on the home run, and a third run in the 8th Jackson Melian RBI single. Henry Rodriguez chipped in with 2 hits in 4 at bats, 1 run scored, and his 2nd stolen base of the Series.

Both teams now have a 2-3 record with 1 game to go on Monday.

Mexico 6, Puerto Rico 7

Mexico fell 1 run short in its 9th inning comeback to securing the first Series title for its country in six years. Mexico fought back all night trailing 1-0, 4-2, 6-4, and 7-5 before failing to tie the game in the 9th. Karim Garcia (3-5) hit his 2nd home run of the Series in the 7th inning to pull Mexico within 1 run, but they could never get over the hump to take the lead.

Juan Padilla pitched 5.1 innings of relief picking up his second win giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. Padilla took over after starter Joey Newby couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning. Newby walked 4 and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 1 inning of work. Joe Torres came in to close the door on the 9th inning rally to pick up the save.

Mexico starter Francisco Cordoba was even worse than Newby. Cordoba went 1.1 innings giving up 4 runs, all earned, on 4 hits and 2 walks but didn’t factor in the decision. Daniel Guerrero relieved Cordoba going 2.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks to take the loss. The Mexico pitching staff had trouble finding the strike zone walking 9 batters on the night.

Puerto Rico first baseman Aaron Bates went 2-for-2 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI on the night. Luis Figueroa (1-6) drove in 2 runs, and Jesus Feliciano went 3-for-5 for Puerto Rico.

No batter for Mexico had more than 1 RBI. Iker Franco (2-3), Jorge Vazquez (2-5), and Garcia were the only batters with more than 1 hit.

The win puts Puerto Rico in the driver’s seat for the title. With a win against the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico could win its first championship since 2000. It would also be the first time since 2008 that the host country was victorious. Mexico can still win with a victory Monday and a loss by Puerto Rico.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4
    • Venezuela 5, Puerto Rico 3
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela 5, Dominican Republic 6
    • Puerto Rico 7, Mexico 3
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico 7, Venezuela3
    • Dominican Republic 4, Puerto Rico 3
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico 6, Dominican Republic 3
    • Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 2
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic 0, Venezuela 3
    • Mexico 6, Puerto Rico 7
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela vs. Mexico
    • Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

2011 Caribbean Series Standings:

Team Won Lost
Mexico 03 02
Puerto Rico 03 02
Dominican Republic 02 03
Venezuela 02 03

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Caribbean Series: Mexico & Puerto Rico Win on Day 4


PUERTO RICO – Mexico scored 5 runs in the final two innings including a 3-run home run in the 9th by Jorge Vazquez to defeat the Dominican Republic on Saturday in the Caribbean Series. In the 2nd game of the day, Puerto Rico defeated Venezuela 4-2 in 10 innings.

Mexico 6, Dominican Republic 3

The Dominican Republic jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd on a Ruddy Yan (3-4) RBI single. Mexico wouldn’t stay down for long as Karim Garcia (2-5) tied it up with a solo home run in the top of the 4th. The game swung back to the Dominican in the bottom of the 4th when Michael Martinez singled to right driving in Danny Richar.

The Dominican Republic extended its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the 5th when Esteban German (2-5), who reached on a single to right, scored on a wild pitch by Mexico pitcher Francisley Bueno. The Dominican Republic bullpen held Mexico at bay until the top of the 8th.

Winston Abreu came in to pitch to start the inning and immediately gave up a single to Justin Christian (1-5). Then Abreu uncorked a wild pitch moving Christian to second base. Everth Cabrera (2-5) took advantage of the miscue and singled home Christian to move Mexico within 1 run. Abreu was then relieved without having gotten an out by Nelson Payano. Payano is brought in to face the left handed hitting Garcia who had already homered. Payano won the battle and got Garcia to ground out to first base, but Cabrera moved up to second base.

Jose Diaz then comes in to replace Payano and gets Vazquez (2-5) to fly out to right. After a Doug Clark (3-4) walk, pinch hitter Oscar Robles drove in Cabrera with a single to center to tie the game.

The game would stay tied going into the 9th when the wheels feel off for the Dominican Republic. After a ground out, Christian reaches on an error by third baseman Richar. Cabrera singled moving Christian to second base, and Garcia struck out. So now with 2 out and 2 on, when it should be out of the inning, Jorge Vazquez strolled to the plate to face Jose Rosario. Vazquez sent the first pitch he saw from Rosario over the center field wall for a 3-run home run to put Mexico up 6-3.

Luis Ayala came in for the bottom of the 9th and shut the door for the Dominican Republic earning the save and giving Alan Guerrero the win. The win puts Mexico in the drivers seat at 3-1 with 2 games to play.

Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 2 (10)

Puerto Rico jumped ahead early 2-0 after scoring a run in the 2nd and 3rd innings on a RBI single by Aaron Bates (1-2) and a sacrifice fly by Pedro Valdes (1-4). Puerto Rico would not score for the remainder of regulation play.

Venezuela got a run back in the bottom of the 5th on a ground out by Henry Rodriguez. Venezuela had loaded the bases with 2 hits and a walk with no outs. After Rodriguez grounded out, Puerto Rico starter Orlando Roman settled down and got out of the inning without further damage. Having squandered a golden opportunity to take the lead, Venezuela tied up the game in the bottom of the 7th. Niuman Romero (1-2) started the inning off with a walk and was followed by a Rodriguez single. Luis Nunez reached on a fielder’s choice, but Romero scored on an error by third baseman Andy Gonzalez tying the game at 2.

The game would remain tied until the top of the 10th inning. Luis Figueroa (0-3) walked to start the inning. Jesus Feliciano (1-4) tried to bunt Figueroa to 2nd but pitcher Luis Ramirez throws the ball away allowing Feliciano to reach first and Figueroa to move to third base. After a walk and a couple strikeouts, Jean Toledo walks two straight batters with the bases loaded to give Puerto Rico a 4-2 lead.

Kiko Colero came in for Puerto Rico and slammed the door on Venezuela in the 10th to earn the save. Eddy Ramos pitched 3 innings of relief to earn the win, and Luis Ramirez took the loss for Venezuela.

The loss drops Venezuela to 1-3 and the win keeps Puerto Rico’s hopes alive at 2-2.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4
    • Venezuela 5, Puerto Rico 3
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela 5, Dominican Republic 6
    • Puerto Rico 7, Mexico 3
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico 7, Venezuela3
    • Dominican Republic 4, Puerto Rico 3
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico 6, Dominican Republic 3
    • Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 2
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
    • Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela vs. Mexico
    • Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

2011 Caribbean Series Standings:

Team Won Lost
Mexico 03 01
Dominican Republic 02 02
Puerto Rico 02 02
Venezuela 01 03

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Caribbean Series: Dominican Republic and Mexico Pick Up Wins on Day 3


PUERTO RICO – The Dominican Republic staged a 9th inning rally to come back from a 2 run deficit to defeat host Puerto Rico 4-3. Mexico used a 4 run 5th inning to run its record to 2-1 with a 7-3 victory over Venezuela in the 2011 Caribbean Series.

Dominican Republic 4, Puerto Rico 3

Down 3-1 in the 9th inning, the Dominican Republic used a couple walks and a triple by Esteban German to stage a comeback. After 2 straight walks, German tripled to center field driving in the two base runners. The Dominican Republic added 1 more run to take the lead and run its record to 2-1.

Saul Rivera blew the save in the 9th allowing 3 runs on 1 hit and 3 walks while only retiring 1 batter to take the loss. Puerto Rico starter Kyler Newby pitched well going 5 innings allowing only 1 run but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. Humberto Sanchez pitched a scoreless 8th to pick up the win in relief, and Julio Manon picked up his 2nd save of the Series.

The Dominican Republic racked up 11 hits on the game but only 2 went for extra bases. German led the way going 3-for-5 with the triple and 2 RBI. Center fielder Jose Constanza was the only other hitter with more than 1 hit going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Alex Cora led the way for Puerto Rico at the dish going 3-for-3 and scoring all 3 of its runs.

Mexico 7, Venezuela 3

Mexico scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning on a Barbaro Canizares RBI double and a RBI single by Justin Christian. In the 5th, the lead was extended to 6-0. Barbaro Canizares and Jose Rodriguez both singled to start the inning. Then Justin Christian laid down a sacrifice bunt but reached on a throwing error by pitcher Ramon Ramirez that loaded the bases. After a strikeout, Agustin Murillo cleared the bases with a double to left field. Jorge Vazquez capped off the scoring with a single driving in Murillo.

Venezuela tried to scratch its way back into the game getting single runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th, but it was too little. Henry Rodriguez drove in a run and went 2-for-4, and Eliezer Alfonzo had 2 hits, drove in a run, and score twice for Venezuela.

Marco Quevedo picked up the win going 5.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. With the win, Mexico ran its record to 2-1 at the halfway point in the Series.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4
    • Venezuela 5, Puerto Rico 3
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela 5, Dominican Republic 6
    • Puerto Rico 7, Mexico 3
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico 7, Venezuela3
    • Dominican Republic 4, Puerto Rico 3
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
    • Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela vs. Mexico
    • Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

2011 Caribbean Series Standings:

Team Won Lost
Mexico 02 01
Dominican Republic 02 01
Puerto Rico 01 02
Venezuela 01 02

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Caribbean Series: Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico Win on Day 2


PUERTO RICO – The Dominican Republic held off a 9th inning rally from Venezuela to move its record to 1-1 for the Series in the first game of the day. In the second game, Puerto Rico scored 5 early runs and evened its record to 1-1 as well defeating Mexico 7-3

Venezuela 5, Dominican Republic 6

The Dominican Republic rebounded after blowing a late 3-run lead to Mexico the day before to pick up its first victory in the Caribbean Series, but it wasn’t without drama.

Down 6-3 in the top of the 9th inning, Venezuela mounted a 2-out rally to pull within 1 run of the Dominican Republic. After 2 quick outs, Eliezer Alfonzo singled to center and scored on the 2-run home run to left by Jackson Melian. The Dominican Republic quickly replaced Winston Abreu with Julio Manon who was able to record the final out with no further trouble.

The big hitter on the day for Venezuela was Luis Jimenez who went 2-for-3 on the day. Jimenez took Dominican starter Aneury Rodriguez deep twice driving in 3 runs. Melian and Henry Rodriguez both chipped in with 2 hits apiece.

Kevin Barker drove in 3 runs for the Dominican with 2 hits on the day including a solo home run to left field in the 7th inning. Jose Constanza had 2 hits from the lead off spot, and Ruddy Yan went 2-for-2.

Both starters gave up 3 runs in less than 5 innings, and neither picked up a decision. Wilkins Arias pitched 1.1 innings of shutout relief to pick up the victory, and Manon got the save for his 1/3 of an inning.

Puerto Rico 7, Mexico 3

Puerto Rico jumped out big early and held on to win 7-3. Mexico didn’t help itself as it committed 3 errors in the first inning putting itself in a hole 5-0 before it got to bat. Puerto Rico used Mexico’s 3 errors and 5 hits to score 5 runs out of the gate. Mexico starter Rolando Valdez didn’t make it out of the first inning. He got 2 outs but gave up 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits taking the loss. Puerto Rico pitcher Juan Padilla pitched well in relief throwing 4 shutout innings to earn the victory.

Both teams tallied a lot of hits on the day. Luis Figueroa (3-5/2RBI), Pedro Valdes (3-4/1RBI), and Robinson Cancel (3-4/1RBI) led the way offensively all with 3 hits.

Mexico was led by Justin Christian who went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored. Only 1 of the 3 runs Mexico scored were earned as Puerto Rico also had trouble in the field. The lone RBI went to Karim Garcia who had 2 hits on the night.

Each teams record stands at 1-1 after the first 2 days of play.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4
    • Venezuela 5, Puerto Rico 3
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela 5, Dominican Republic 6
    • Puerto Rico 7, Mexico 3
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico vs. Venezuela
    • Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
    • Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela vs. Mexico
    • Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

2011 Caribbean Series Standings:

Team Won Lost
Mexico 01 01
Venezuela 01 01
Puerto Rico 01 01
Dominican Republic 01 01

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Caribbean Series: Venezuela Defeats Puerto Rico 5 to 3


PUERTO RICO – Game 2 is in the books for the 2011 Caribbean Series as Venezuela took down host Puerto Rico 5-3 on Wednesday night. Puerto Rico didn’t help themselves committing 3 errors and giving up 4 unearned runs.

Venezuela 5, Puerto Rico 3

Venezuela used 2 hits and 2 errors to jump out early 4-0 on Puerto Rico in the top of the 1st inning. Niuman Romero led off the inning by reaching on an error by third baseman Rey Navarro. Alexi Amarist then singled to left moving Romero to third base. A sacrifice fly by Alex Romero put the first run on the board. After Cesar Suarez walked and a pop out, Jose Castillo singled in Amarist from second base. Then the flood gates opened. Eliezer Alfonzo reached on an error by left fielder Lou Montanez allowing 2 more runs to score. No further runs were scored, but the damage was done.

Puerto Rico would fight back. In the bottom of the third, Robinson Cancel doubled with 1 out and scored on a single by Alex Cora. Cora would steal second and advance to third on an error by pitcher Seth Etherton but was stranded. They got another run back in the bottom of the 4th. With 2 outs, Aaron Bates walked and scored on a double to left field by Edgardo Baez.

Venezuela would extend its lead to 5-2 in the top of the 7th. With 2 outs, Jackson Melian doubled to left field. Melian would score on a single by Luis Nunez.

Puerto Rico would make it a 1-run game in the bottom of the 8th when Cora scored on a double play that Pedro Valdes grounded into. Puerto Rico was able to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th but Francisco Butto slammed the door to earn the save. Etherton went 6 innings allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits to earn the victory. Willie Collazo went 6.2 innings giving up 5 runs (only 1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks to take the loss for Puerto Rico.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4
    • Venezuela 5, Puerto Rico 3
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico vs. Venezuela
    • Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
    • Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela vs. Mexico
    • Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

2011 Caribbean Series Standings:

Team Won Lost
Mexico 01 00
Venezuela 01 00
Puerto Rico 00 01
Dominican Republic 00 01

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Mexico Takes Game 1 of Caribbean Series in 15 Innings


PUERTO RICO – There was no better way to start baseball in February than what took place Wednesday afternoon at Isidoro García Stadium in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico where Mexico (Obregon Yaquis) and the Dominican Republic (Anzoategui Caribes) squared off.

Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4

The Dominican Republic slowly built up a lead with a run in the 3rd inning and 2 more in the sixth. Using a couple singles and a throwing error by Mexico third baseman Agustin Murillo, the Dominican was able to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd. In the 6th, the Dominican again used an error by third baseman Agustin Murillo, this time a fielding error, to go with 2 RBI singles from Ruddy Yan and Alberto Rosario to extend their lead to 3-0.

Meanwhile, Dominican starter Raul Valdes kept the Mexico lineup in check until the 7th. Valdes pitched well going 6.1 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 5.

Held scoreless for the first 6 innings, Mexico finally got on the board in the 7th. Agustin Murillo led off the inning with a single, and after a fly out was moved to 3rd base on a Doug Clark hit. Jose Diaz came in to relieve Valdes and promptly got a ground out for the 2nd out of the inning. But he couldn’t get out of the inning. Carlos Valencia hit an infield single that third baseman Victor Mercedes threw away allowing both runners on to score.

Where the excitement really came was in the bottom of the 9th. Trailing 3-2, Mexico would mount a comeback. After 2 quick outs, Carlos Valencia singled to left and was run for by Leonardo Heras. Heras quickly stole 2nd base putting the tying run in scoring position. That was quickly followed by a Barbaro Canizares single to tie the game at 3. Then the play of the game happened. With Canizares at 1st base, Oscar Robles hits a long fly ball to right field that looks like it might either clear the fence or be over the fielders head easily scoring the winning run. Nobody told right fielder Ricardo Nanita though. Nanita made a great game saving catch as he crashed into the outfield fence. This catch saved the game for the Dominican and sent it into extra innings.

Neither team could find the big hit needed to put the game away, until the bottom of the 15th. Again with 2 outs, Gabriel Gutierrez singles to left to get things started for Mexico. Doug Clark followed with his 2nd hit of the game to put Gutierrez at 2nd base. Iker Franco followed with the game winning hit down the right field line just out of the reach of Nanita. Nanita almost made another spectacular game saving catch but he came up just inches short.

It was Johnny All Staff for both teams as Mexico trotted out 11 pitchers and the Dominican Republic 8. Marco Carrillo got the last out of the 14th to pick up the victory for Mexico as Jose Rosario went 3.2 innings in relief giving up the 1 run to take the loss.

Game 2 is tonight as Venezuela and Puerto Rico square off. ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com are both showing games.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 4
    • Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico vs. Venezuela
    • Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
    • Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela vs. Mexico
    • Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

2011 Caribbean Series Standings:

Team Won Lost
Mexico 01 00
Puerto Rico 00 00
Venezuela 00 00
Dominican Republic 00 01

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CARIBBEAN SERIES SCOUTING REPORT: Venezuela


ANZOATEGUI CARIBES

LOCATION: Puerto la Cruz, Anzoategui, Venezuela
LEAGUE: Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
FIRST SEASON: 1987
PENNANTS: 1 (2011)
CS TITLES: 0
2010-11 RECORD: 34-29 (15-8 playoffs)
MANAGER: Julio Franco
TOP HITTERS: IF Juan Camacho (.466/6HR/26RBI), OF David Sappelt (.297/1HR/10RBI), IF Alexi Amarista (.296/9HR/34RBI), OF Mike Wilson (.281/4HR/14RBI), C Eliezer Alfonso (.225/9HR/35RBI),
TOP PITCHERS: Andrew Baldwin (5-2/2.08/47SO), Ramon Ramirez (3-1/2.47/27SO), Stephen Bray (3-1/1.97/14SO), Jose Alvarez (3-3/3.90/21SO), Brayan Villarreal (5-0/2.32/1SV)
CS SCHEDULE: WED 2/2 7:30pm vs. Caguas, THU 2/3 3pm vs. Este, FRI 2/4 3pm vs. Obregon, SAT 7:30pm vs. Caguas, SUN 2/6 3pm vs. Este, MON 2/7 3pm vs. Obregon

Thanks to Bruce Baskin for the review of the Caribbean Series teams.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO

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CARIBBEAN SERIES SCOUTING REPORT: Puerto Rico


CAGUAS CRIOLLOS

LOCATION: Caguas, Puerto Rico
LEAGUE: Puerto Rico Baseball League
FIRST SEASON: 1938
PENNANTS: 15 (1941, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1987, 2001, 2011.
CS TITLES: 3 (1954, 1974, 1987)
2010-11 RECORD: 31-16 (11-9 playoffs)
MANAGER: Carmelo Martinez
TOP HITTERS: Edgardo Baez (.279/3HR/24RBI), Luis Figueroa (.361/2HR/25R), Greg Porter (.336/2HR/17RBI), Javier Valentin (.283/3HR/15RBI), Alex Cora (.270/0HR/19R)
TOP PITCHERS: Sho Iwasaki (8-1/3.19/40K), Shota Oba (4-0/2.39/22K), Luis Cruz (3-2/2.93/18SO), Erik Arneson (3-2/2.35/15SO), Saul Rivera (0-1/0.42/15SV)
CS SCHEDULE: WED 2/2 7:30pm vs. Anzoategui, THU 2/3 7:30pm vs. Obregon, FRI 2/4 7:30pm vs. Este, SAT 2/5 7:30pm vs. Anzoategui; SUN 2/6 7:30pm vs. Obregon, MON 2/7 7:30pm vs. Este

Thanks to Bruce Baskin for the review of the Caribbean Series teams.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO

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