Day 3 of the Caribbean Series began with the battle of the undefeateds, a HR Derby, and ended with a romp.
Mexico beat Venezuela, 6-4 to stay undefeated, while Venezuela dropped to 2-1.
Venezuela got the scoring started in the top of the third with a two out RBI single. Mexico took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. The inning started with a triple by former KC Royal Alex Liddi. Fellow former Royal Yuniesky Betancourt drove in the first two runs with a double and scored on a two out single.
In the win, Liddi went 1-for-4. In the loss, Jose Martinez went 3-for-5 with a run scored (in the eighth).
In the HR Derby, Venezuela’s Felix Perez won with eight in the first round and two more in the finals. Neftali Soto of Puerto Rico hit just one homer in the final. It was a HR Derby that was supposed to be boasting big league stars like Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, and Robinson Cano, but Major League Baseball would not allow them to participate. So instead, it was a HR Derby featuring the players from the teams represented and then a legend.
Vladimir Guerrero, who will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next year, hit three home runs and was eliminated in the first round.
Cuba was supposed to be good in this Caribbean Series, bringing their national team. Instead, they have been routed in their first two games. Puerto Rico beat them in the nightcap, 12-1.
Puerto Rico scored two runs in the second and five more in the third, and the rout was on. Three of those runs in the 3rd inning scored on a Kennys Vargas (Minnesota) home run. They collected 11 hits and worked ten walks in the win. Rene Garcia (now with Colorado) drove in four runs.
Puerto Rican starter Andrew Barbosa (NY Mets) and four relievers scattered four hits.
Day 4 kicks off with Venezuela playing Cuba and the Dominican Republic playing Puerto Rico in the nightcap.