Day 4 of the Caribbean Series saw two teams guarantee themselves spots in Saturday’s semifinals.
Venezuela improved to 3-1 with a 3-1 victory of winless Cuba. They scored a run in the 2nd inning, an inning that started with back-to-back errors, though a runner was thrown out at the plate. Jose Martinez, the second who reached on an error, scored the game’s first run on a sac fly.
Martinez went 1-for-4 with that run scored and an RBI (a two out single in the third).
It was a family affair, as Venezuela’s Adonis Garcia played against his brother, Jose Adolis Garcia of Cuba, for the first time.
In the nightcap, the host Dominican Republic lost to Puerto Rico, 2-1 in 14 innings.
Puerto Rico tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a Neftali Soto one out, RBI triple off veteran closer Rafael Soriano. He then won the game in the bottom of the 14th with a solo home run to start the inning off Wirfrin Obispo.
Former KC Royals Moises Sierra and Jimmy Paredes started for the DR. Sierra went 1-for-6 with two strikeouts, while Paredes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the 5th inning off fellow former Royal Mario Santiago (5IP, 5H, R, 0BB, 3K).
Day 5 of the Caribbean Series begins with Mexico against Puerto Rico. If Puerto Rico wins, it will give a three-way tie at 3-1. The day concludes with Cuba and the Dominican Republic fighting for the final spot in the semifinals. Both are also looking for their first victory.