The Caribbean Series Semifinals today are all set after yesterday’s games. There was a three-way tie for first, with host Mexico, Cuba, and Venezuela finishing 3-1. Puerto Rico is the final team and they were 1-3.
It was another lackluster showing for the Dominican Republic, as they were sent home.
The Dominicans did not win a game (0-4), as they lost their finale to Venezuela, 4-3. Down 3-1, Venezuela scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth and held on for the victory.
All three Venezuela runs in the 8th inning scored with two outs, as Ronny Cedeno (Mexico) drove in the first run with a double (on an 0-2 pitch) and Rene Reyes followed with a two-run home run to take the lead. Those two had four of Venezuela’s seven hits.
Before that 8th inning, Venezuela had just four hits, one being a Jose Castillo solo homer in the fifth off DR starter Ariel Pena (Milwaukee).
On offense for the DR, free agent Alfredo Marte went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and shortstop Michael De Leon (Texas) also had two hits.
Host Mexico lost their first and only game so far last night, losing to Cuba, 4-0. Cuba scored all four runs in the fifth with two outs (though the inning started with back-to-back singles).
Alfredo Despaigne drove in the first three runs with a home run (it was just his second hit of the Caribbean Series), followed by a William Saavedra solo homer. That chased Mexican starter Javier Solano (Mexico).
After that 5th inning, Cuba was held to just one hit.
Meanwhile, Mexico was held to six hits and two walks by Cuban starter Vladimir Banos, who was pulled with two on and two outs in the ninth.
Former KC Royal Yuniesky Betancourt had two hits off Banos (one was a single in the ninth). He also grounded into a double play.
This afternoon, Puerto Rico will face off against Venezuela, followed by Cuba versus Mexico for the second straight day. The winners will play in Tuesday’s final.