Day 2 of the Caribbean Series saw two teams improve to 2-0 and the host Dominican Republic drop to 0-2.
Mexico beat Cuba, 9-3 in the first game as they scored early and often. Current NY Yankees farmhand Sebastian Valle drove in five runs with two doubles. Eddie Gamboa (who recently signed with the TB Rays) earned the win, scattering eight hits and three runs over 5.2 innings.
Former KC Royal Yuniesky Betancourt went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, an RBI, and three runs scored.
In the nightcap, Venezuela walked off against the host Dominicans, 8-7 in ten innings. They scored single runs in the final three innings.
With two outs in the ninth against big league closer Fernando Rodney (recently signed with the SD Padres), Baltimore Oriole Dariel Alvarez hit a sharp grounder back to Rodney to score the tying run. Then Adonis Garcia was thrown out trying to steal home.
In the bottom of the tenth with veteran Jose Veras on the mound, Juniel Querecuto (Rays) drove in the winning run with two outs on a single up the middle.
Jose Martinez started in left field for Venezuela and went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a strikeout.
Former Royal Moises Sierra started in right field for the DR and went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Pedro Ciriaco pinch ran in the ninth and was thrown out trying to steal second base.
Day 3 of the Caribbean Series kicks off with both 2-0 teams playing each other. In the nightcap, Puerto Rico faces Cuba.