Day 4 of the Caribbean Series kicked off with Venezuela beating Cuba, 6-2. The Venezuelans improved to 3-0 in the series and are now the only undefeated of the five teams. Cuba dropped to 1-3.
Down 1-0 heading into the third, Venezuela scored four runs in the top of the inning. They added some insurance in the sixth and ninth, as Balbino Fuenmayor hit a solo home run in the 6th inning. Fuenmayor went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the victory.
Former KC Royal Gorkys Hernandez moved into the leadoff spot for Venezuela and went 2-for-5 with a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.
In the nightcap, the Dominican Republic beat Mexico, 3-2. The Dominicans (2-1) handed Mexico its first loss (2-1).
The DR was down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth and scored one run. They walked off in victory with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against former big leaguer Oscar Villarreal. Elian Herrera’s walk off single came with two outs (Herrera plays for Milwaukee).
Jandel Gustave made his Caribbean Series debut for the Dominican Republic and allowed an unearned run on two walks over one inning of relief. Gustave induced three ground outs in the sixth before leaving the 7th inning after walking the leadoff batter (which came around to score on an error by the centerfielder).
Day 5 of the Caribbean Series kicks off this afternoon when Mexico faces Venezuela. Puerto Rico will face the Dominican Republic, looking for their first victory.