Venezuela, Puerto Rico guarantee spots in semis

Day 4 of the Caribbean Series saw two teams guarantee themselves spots in Saturday’s semifinals.

Serie-del-Caribe-2016-2-300x190Venezuela 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.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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