Host Mexico improved to 3-0 in the Caribbean Series last night with a walk off grand slam over Venezuela.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, catcher Sebastian Valle (Seattle) stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out against Venezuelan reliever Pedro Rodriguez (SF Giants). Valle hit a grand slam in front of a home crowd of over 24,000.
That was Valle’s second hit of the game and it earned veteran Oliver Perez the victory (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K).
Former KC Royal Jason Bourgeois went 2-for-4 in the win for Mexico. Fellow former Royal Yuniesky Betancourt went 0-for-4.
Former Houston Astro Barry Enright got the start for Mexico and allowed a run on five hits while striking out five over five innings. Carlos Hernandez (Colorado) allowed a run on five hits and a walk over 5.2 innings for Venezuela.
Veteran Alex Romero went 3-for-4, while Jose Castillo went 2-for-4 in the loss for Venezuela.
In the day game, Cuba improved to 2-0 with a 6-1 victory over Puerto Rico. Cuba broke the 1-1 tied with three runs in the bottom of the third.
Cuba collected 12 hits, five for extra bases. William Saavedra fell a triple short of the cycle. He also drove in three runs, two coming on a home run in the 7th inning.
Puerto Rico had eight hits, but all eight were singles. Former KC Royal Rey Navarro went 1-for-3, while Ruben Gotay went 0-for-4 and grounded into a double play. Ivan Dejesus Jr continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3.
The two teams that have yet to win a game, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, just got underway today. The loser will not advance to the semifinals on Monday. It could be Puerto Rico’s final game.
In the nightcap, Cuba will face Venezuela looking to also improve to 3-0 in the Caribbean Series.