Day 5 of the Caribbean Series ended round-robin play with the host Dominican Republic being ousted from the tournament.
In the first game, Mexico improved to 4-0 with an 8-4 victory over Puerto Rico. With the score tied at 2-2, the Mexican team scored six runs in the top of the eighth. They collected six hits (including four straight two out doubles).
Former KC Royal Alex Liddi went 2-for-5 with a strikeout in the win.
In the nightcap, Cuba picked up their first victory with a 4-2 win over the Dominican Republic in 11 innings. The Dominicans dropped to 0-4, though they did lose three extra inning games (and lost three games by one run).
Both teams scored in the second inning and Cuba tied the game up at 2-2 in the eighth. They scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning.
Once again, the back end of the Dominican bullpen blew the game. Veteran big leaguer Joel Peralta took the blown save by allowing the 8th inning run on a one out triple followed by a sac fly.
In the 11th inning, veteran closer Fernando Rodney left with the bases loaded via his error, a walk, and a sacrifice bunt (he then recorded two strikeouts). However, fellow veteran closer Rafael Soriano allowed a two-run single to Jose Adolis Garcia.
The DR actually had the tying runs in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, but a strikeout and a ground out ended the game.
Former Royal Moises Sierra went 3-for-5 in the loss. Jimmy Paredes went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in the loss.
In today’s semifinals, Mexico will face Cuba and Venezuela will face Puerto Rico. The winners will face off in the Caribbean Series final on Sunday.