Legends On Deck

Caribbean Series: Venezuela Undefeated, Puerto Rico Loses Again


Team Venezuela

Coming into the Caribbean Series some thought that Puerto Rico would be one of the teams to beat, but after losing their third straight game on Wednesday night, it is guaranteed that they won’t be playing for a championship this year.

To start on Wednesday afternoon, Venezuela played the Dominican Republic and with both teams having won their first game, each was looking for an edge in the series.

The game was decided very early in the contest as all the runs were scored in the first two innings. The Dominican Republic jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Venezuela came right back with four runs in the bottom of the first. DR then scored three runs in the top of the second to take a 5-4 lead, but Venezuela would counter right back in the second and score two runs to take a 6-5 lead. Both teams pitching staff would shut down their opponents the rest of the way as Venezuela came away with the win and remain undefeated in the tournament.

The Dominican Republic were led by Leury Garcia, who is batting .750 in the Series, went 3 for 3, with two runs scored, a double and a RBI. Venezuela was led by Niuman Romero who homered in the second inning to tie the game at 5-5 and  Balbino Fuenmayor, who doubled in Alexi Amarista to score the go ahead run. The pitching staff for both teams were used like a first game in spring training, as not one from either side threw more than two innings with the Dominican Republic using seven pitchers and Venezuela nine.

In the night cap, Puerto Rico and Cuba played ten innings before Cuba scored in the bottom of the frame to win 3-2. Both Puerto Rico and Cuba had yet to win a game as they were hoping to stay alive in the Series.

Puerto Rico took an early lead in the first inning 1-0, but Cuba came right back with a run of their own in the first and another run in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Puerto Rico battled back and tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth as both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the tenth when Cuba’s Yosvani Alarcon scored from second on a line drive single from Roel Santos to pull out the 3-2 victory.

Puerto Rico was led by Neftali Soto who finished 2 for 3, with an RBI and is batting .455 in the Series. On the mound Mario Santiago, who last pitched in 2011 with the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, did his part to keep Puerto Rico in the game as he threw five shut out innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six.

Cuba’s Luis La O finished 1 for 4, with a run scored and a RBI and is batting .571 in the series. Cuba’s pitching staff struggled in the game walking a total nine batters, but held on long enough to seal the victory.

Next Up:

Venezuela (2-0) looks to keep their winning ways going as they face Cuba (1-2) at noon on Thursday, with Mexico (2-0) matching up against the Dominican Republic (1-1) at 6:30 pm.


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