For the first time since 2000, Puerto Rico is Caribbean Series Champs. It is the first title for Caguas in 31 years. However it took ten innings for Puerto Rico to defeat host Mexico, 1-0 in front of close to 21,000 fans. They used small ball to squeak out the victory.
The game was scoreless until the top of the tenth with new pitcher Jake Sanchez (Oakland) on the mound for Mexico. He allowed a leadoff double to Yadiel Rivera (Milwaukee). After a sac bunt moved Rivera to third base, Jonathan Morales (Atlanta) delivered a sac fly to give Puerto Rico the lead.
It was a great pitchers duel between Puerto Rican starter Adalberto Flores (6IP, H, 0R, BB, 2HBP, 0K) and Mexican starter Hector Velazquez (6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K). Flores left the game due to an injured hand.
Mexico collected their first hit of the game with one out in the sixth. Every base runner they had through six innings (two hit batters and a single) was erased on a double play. A walk in the fourth was erased on a caught stealing.
Mexico’s only chances to score came in the two innings after Flores was pulled. In the seventh against new reliever Andres Santiago, Chris Roberson led off with a single. Former KC Royal Jason Bourgeois sacrificed him to second base. However, former Royal Yuniesky Betancourt and CJ Retherford struck out to end the threat.
In the 8th inning against Santiago, Mexico once again collected a leadoff single. A sac bunt once again followed and Santiago walked the next batter. After a strikeout, a call on the field was overturned, and the runner was ruled out at third base on a ground ball (and error) to the shortstop.
In the ninth against Miguel Mejia (Chicago Cubs), Betancourt singled with two outs. In the tenth, Mejia retired the side in order to set off the celebration for Puerto Rico.