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Caribbean Series: Mexico Wins Again

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With just two days into the Series and host Puerto Rico has dropped their two games and defending champ Mexico has won their two. With all the games already being played, the field will start to shape out as to whom may be the team to beat.

On Tuesday, the Dominican Republic finally got on the field against Cuba and didn’t have much trouble as they won their first game 6-1. Cuba managed 12 hits, with four players with at least two hits each, but couldn’t push more than a run across the board. The Dominican Republic had 14 hits of their own led by outfielder Willy Garcia (#13 on the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect watch) who finished 3 for 4, with two runs, a double, home run and two RBI’s. Starter Rafael Perez, who last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Cleveland Indians, earned the victory by tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and striking out one.

In the evening game, Puerto Rico and Mexico faced off for the first time since the 2014 Series Final when Mexico beat Puerto Rico 7-1 to win the championship. This time the game was a lot closer, as Mexico scored the tie breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a 3-2 victory. Ironically, Juan Delgadillo not only earned the victory in relief for Mexico, but he was also the winning pitcher in the 2014 Series Championship final.

Enrique Hernandez, who was traded on December 11, 2014 along with  Austin BarnesChris Hatcher and Andrew Heaney from the Miami Marlins for Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers, finished finished 2 for 4, with a home run and one RBI for Puerto Rico in the loss.

(Photo courtesy of latinpost.com)


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