Mexico, Venezuela to meet in Caribbean Series final

The Caribbean Series final is set for today, as Mexico and Venezuela (the top two teams coming out of the round-robin) will meet. Mexico has yet to lose and beat Venezuela 6-4 back on Day 3.

Serie-del-Caribe-2016-2-300x190Venezuela easily took care of Puerto Rico in the first game of the semifinals, winning 13-3. That came after Puerto Rico took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

However, four Puerto Rican errors cost the team five runs. Venezuela took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second and scored another in the third. They broke the game open by scoring multiple runs over the final three innings.

Jose Martinez had a BIG day for Venezuela, going 4-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored. He also delivered a two out, three-run home run in the 8th inning.

Marcus Walden (Minnesota) earned the victory, scattering seven hits over 5.1 one-run innings. He struck out three. Former KC Royal Jose Mijares picked up a hold, getting a strikeout for the final out in the seventh with two runners on base.

In the nightcap, Mexico stayed unbeaten with a 7-2 victory over Cuba.

Former Royal Alex Liddi went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He did however, commit two fielding errors at third base (though neither cost the team runs).

Fellow former Royal Yunieky Betancourt drove in four runs for Mexico, including the first run of the game in the fourth (scoring Liddi). Betancourt then cleared the bases in the seventh with a one out double.

 

In the final, veteran Freddy Garcia will be making his final professional start for Venezuela, as it will be the swan song to his 21 year career. Venezuela is looking for its first Caribbean Series title since 2009, while Mexico won it back in 2013 and 2014. Mazatlan has not won since 2005.

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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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