Day 3 of the Caribbean Series kicked off with a powerhouse matchup between the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, two teams that were 1-0 so far in the series.
Balbino Fuenmayor once again played first base and batted cleanup for Venezuela. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He also drove in a run with two outs in the second. His RBI double have Venezuela the lead for good. Fuenmayor also committed another error, this time it was a throwing error.
Former KC Royals Gorkys Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a double, while catcher Jesus Flores went 2-for-4 for Venezuela.
Despite not playing for Gigantes during the Dominican winter ball season, Francisco Pena was called on to catch for the Dominican Republic on Day 3 of the Caribbean Series. Pena batted ninth and went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. He was pinch run for in the sixth.
Former Royals relievers Zach Jackson pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning, while Tony Pena Jr followed and allowed one hit while striking out two over 1.2 scoreless innings. Pena entered with two on and nobody out in the 7th inning.
Host Puerto Rico dropped to 0-3 in the Caribbean Series, as they lost 3-2 to Cuba in ten innings. Both teams scored single runs in the first, before Cuba walked off in the bottom of the tenth on an RBI single (the leadoff hitter reached second base via a throwing error).
There were over 15,000 in attendance for his game.
Reymond Fuentes moved into the leadoff spot for Puerto Rico and went 1-for-3 with two walks.
Former Royal Ruben Gotay was the DH for Puerto Rico and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Mario Santiago pitched in relief and threw five scoreless innings with six strikeouts.
Day 4 of the Caribbean Series begins this afternoon as Cuba and Venezuela meet. Mexico and the Dominican Republic play tonight.