For the first time since 1960, Cuba was crowned Caribbean Series champions. They returned to the series last year after a 54 year hiatus.
Cuba scored single runs in the first two innings against Mexico’s Anthony Vasquez (who just last week signed with Philadelphia).
Leading just 2-1 heading into the 8th inning, Cuba’s best player, Yulieski Gourriel, homered to lead off the inning for Cuba.
Mexico collected just four hits, two off Cuba starter Yosvani Torres over six innings. Mexico had the tying run on second base with two outs in the 8th inning (after scoring a run one batter prior), but could not score. They went down in order in the ninth.
Frederich Cepeda of Cuba was named the Caribbean Series MVP. He had six RBIs in the final two games of the series. He had two hits in the title game and hit .471 in the series.
There were zero KC Royals players playing in the title game.
Next year, the Caribbean Series will be played in the Dominican Republic.