Pool play concluded yesterday in the Caribbean Series, as host Puerto Rico was eliminated (they were actually eliminated on Thursday).
Venezuela scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to break the tie on Oswaldo Arcia‘s two out, two-run home run off Manny Barreda (Milwaukee). The Minnesota Twins outfielder only joined the Venezuelan team on Thursday.
Balbino Fuenmayor went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and came around to score on Arcia’s homer.
Former KC Royals outfielder Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout out of the leadoff spot for Venezuela. Jesus Flores got the start behind the plate and went 1-for-4 with a double. Flores also had a throwing error and two passed balls (both runs for Mexico were unearned).
Puerto Rico went out on a high note in the night game, as they walked off against the Dominican Republic, 3-2 to earn their first and only victory in the Caribbean Series. The Dominicans dropped to 2-2. Close to 19,000 were in attendance to see the hometown team play its final game.
With the game tied at 2-2 (and Puerto Rican closer Fernando Cabrera blowing a save in the top of the ninth), Minnesota’s Daniel Ortiz delivered the game winner, a one out triple to left field.
Reymond Fuentes once again batted leadoff for Puerto Rico and went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the 5th inning to give Puerto Rico back the lead. Fuentes also struck out.
Francisco Pena caught for the DR and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. His brother TJ (and former Royals shortstop) took the loss in relief.
Philadelphia Phillies prospect Maikel Franco tied the game in the 5th inning with a solo home run and tied the game again in the top of the ninth on a two out single (he also stole a base).
Saturday will host the semifinals in the Caribbean Series, with the finals set for Sunday night. The DR and Mexico will meet in the afternoon, while Venezuela and Cuba will meet at night. The winners meet in Sunday’s finale.