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Caribbean Series: Mexico, Venezuela Take Openers


The Caribbean Series started on Monday in Puerto Rico with defending champ Mexico taking on Cuba in the early game and host Puerto Rico taking on Venezuela in the night cap.

Mexico and Cuba played a tight game scoring only three runs with Mexico coming out on top and winning the first game of the round-robin tournament 2-1.

Mexico’s starter Anthony Vasquez, a minor leaguer in the Baltimore Orioles system, tossed five innings, allowing one run on five hits and Oscar Villarreal, who last pitched in the majors with the Houston Astros in 2008, earned the save.

Cuba’s starter Freddy Alvarez, threw six innings, allowing one run on two hits, while walking two and striking out three and reliever Jonder Martinez allowed a run in the bottom of the seventh to seal the victory for Mexico.

In the night cap, Cleveland Indians prospect, Giovanni Soto started for Puerto Rico and in just four innings, allowed all five of Venezuela’s runs on six hits, walking three and striking out two. Venezuela’s starter Daryl Thompsonwho last pitched in the minors in 2013 with the Las Vegas 51’s (NY Mets Affiliate) earned the victory by allowing just one run on three hits, walking one and striking five in six innings.

On the offensive side, Cincinnati Reds prospect Neftali Soto went 2 for 4 for Puerto Rico and San Diego Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista finished 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBI’s.

Series Continues:

Cuba will face off against the Dominican Republic at noon on Tuesday, with Mexico and Puerto Rico playing in the night cap starting at 6:30 pm. Venezuela has the night off and will be back on the field Wednesday against the Dominican Republic at noon.

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