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Puerto Rico Premier 12 Roster

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

It would be nice if Puerto Rico could have Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez and Carlos Correa on their roster. That would be a pretty impressive infield. But players on the major league 40 man roster are not eligible to participate in these games. There is not even a player rated as one of the top ten minor league prospects on this roster. So Puerto Rico will have to settle for some retired or released major league players, borderline prospects, journeyman and players who participate in their winter league season. There best player may be their manager Juan Gonzalez. It will be a tough road for them, but they will battle. They will be playing in the Taiwan pool with Japan, Taiwan and Venezuela

Pitchers

Fernando Cabrera, Freddie Cabrera, Fernando Cruz, Orlando Roman, Ivan Maldonado, Andres Santiago, Bryan Escanio, Miguel Mejia, Adalberto Flores, Miguel Martinez, Luis Cintron, Efrain Nieves, Giovanni Soto, Ramesis Rosa

Catchers

Wilfredo Rodriguez, Kevin Torres

Infielders

Jesmuel Valentin, Luis Mateo, David Vidal, Jeffry Dominguez, Ozzie Martinez, Jack Lopez, Ivan Dejesus Jr.

Outfielders

Anthony Garcia. Yariel Gonzalez, Edwin Gomez, Jay Gonzalez, Danny Ortiz

Puerto Rico Wins Pan Am Games

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Puerto Rico won the Pan Am Games, defeating Canada 6-1 in the finals. The United States did not participate in the games, choosing to focus on the Premier 12 games to be played in Tokyo. Other teams that participated in the Games - The host Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua. For Puerto Rico it was their first Pan Am Gold, defeating the two time defending champs Canada. The poor hosts, Peru, were the only team that did not win a game.

Giovanni Soto got the start and the win for Puerto Rico in the gold medal game. Chris Leroux took the loss for Canada. Jorge Padilla drove in the first run for Puerto Rico with a double. Brahiam Maldonado went deep with a solo shot in the sixth and Edwin Gomez closed out the scoring for Puerto Rico with a two run single in the seventh.

Nicaragua, Colombia, Canada and Puerto Rico all qualified to play in an Olympic qualifier. Cuba had a rough tournament, only winning one game. They had a tough 10 inning loss to the Dominican Republic that was tied 1-1 after regulation time. When they scored 8 in the 10th it appeared they had the game won, but the Dominican Republic scored nine in the 10th to win it.

Puerto Rico won a tight 2-1 game against the Dominican Republic that went 10 innings and then two days later they beat Colombia 2-1. They finished the tournament undefeated.

Nicaragua shutout Colombia in the bronze medal game 6-0. During pool play Colombia had defeated Nicaragua 11-1.

Bucketlist Reviewed

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Myworld is in Omaha to watch the last two games of the college world series. First we will enter into Papillion for a day game for the Storm Chasers, which will be a DHer of sorts, i.e. a finish to the second game that was suspended last night and a new game. Then we will travel down to Omaha for the first game of the finals of the College World Series. That will be a first, three games in one day.

Since this college world series was on my bucket list myworld thought we would summarize some of our bucket list accomplishments since 2011 after we first wrote of our bucket list down. At the end we will identify those adventures still on the list. These are only our baseball bucket lists. We have plenty of non-baseball adventures we would still like to capture.

October 2011 - Went to Panama to watch the last Baseball World Cup. The event is not quite as strong as the soccer World Cups. Attendance was sparse. Netherlands went on to upset Cuba for their first World Cup win. Lots of rain at the event. The third place game was not played because of rain but Canada was awarded the bronze. The gold medal game was delayed by about five hours. This would be the last World Cup before a major reorganization.

November 2011 - Visited Taichung, Taiwan for the Asian World Series. This is another event that was discontinued. Another upset as the Samsung Lions defeated the Softbank Hawks to become the first non-Japanese team to win the Asian Series.

February 2012 - Traveled to the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to see the Series del Caribe. Cuba had yet to be allowed to participate. This is another event that is struggling for survival. At the time the teams played pool play and the team with the best record was declared champion. This event was anticlimactic as the Dominican Republic won it easily. On the last day, win or lose the Dominicans had won the pool. They added Cuba later and went to a pool play and playoff format to make the finals or last day more meaningful.

September 6-11 2013- Japan trip. This was my fourth trip to Japan to watch baseball so not really bucket list material. Some of the events were. Witnessed Wladimir Balentien hit his 54th homerun on his way to a record breaking 60 for the year, smashing the record of Sadaharu Oh and Randy Bass, who each had 55. Also saw a pitcher’s duel between Masahiro Tanaka and rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani, won by Tanaka 3-2. Tanaka would go on to break a baseball record of 25 consecutive wins and then went on to play for the New York Yankees the next year. Ohtani is now with the Angels.

November 7, 2013 - Visited Arizona and watched the Arizona Fall League for the first time. Aaron Sanchez and Travis Shaw were two players who impressed me during that visit.

July 8th 2014 - Traveled to Dyersville Iowa to see the Field of Dreams. Also around that time went to Durham, North Carolina to see the old stadium that was used for the Durham Bulls movie. Myworld loves the Durham park and we have visited there at least three times.

November 11 2014 - Revisited Taichung, Taiwan for the 21 and under World Cup. Taiwan won it, upsetting Japan. Chun Lin Kuo pitched seven shutout innings in the 9-0 rout. Myworld was strangled in blue confetti after the win.

June 20th 2015 - These bucket lists can not be predicted. Witnessed my first no hitter, Max Scherzer doing the honors in Washington D.C.. The only previous no hitter I had seen prior to that was a seven inning minor league no hitter. I never really counted that since it was only seven innings.

June 23 2016 - Did not see a Little League World Series but I did go to Williamsport and visited the park. Went to a minor league game in Williamsport and watched Triston Mackenzie pitch for the Indians minor league team. The minor league park is located next door to the first field where the Little League World Series was played. They are still playing Little League games at that field.

July 2016 - Went to Haarlem, Netherlands to watch the Honkball tournament. It was my first experience of European baseball. The facility where they held the tournament is pretty impressive. I do believe Japan may have been the winners of that tournament, upsetting the Netherlands in the finals but I could be wrong. I did not see the finals preferring to enjoy some of the sights of Haarlem instead.

February 8 2017 - Witnessed my second Series del Caribe, this one in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico beat Mexico in the championship match. This was the first Series del Caribe that Cuba was allowed to play.

March 12, 2017 - Travelled to Miami, Florida to watch a World Baseball Classic game and it was wild. The Dominican Republic beat the United States and the crowd was probably more entertaining than the game. Also saw a couple World Baseball Classic games in Miami in 2013. Kenley Jenson was a catcher for the Netherlands.

July 7-9, 2018 - This was my first Futures game. The United States defeated the World. Talk is that they will be changing that format for this year. The homerun derby and the All Star game followed after that. The experience was awesome. The only downside is I had to leave early because the game went into extra innings and Metro was closing.

June 24 2019 - In Omaha to see the College World Series

November 2019 - Hope to return to Tokyo to watch the Premier 12

2020 and beyond.

The Olympics is on the agenda. I’ve already been to an Olympic event when they were in Los Angeles but watched the volleyball. The prices for these events seem a little steep.

World Series game is still a must see. I may have to travel for that since the Nationals and Orioles may never give me that opportunity.

Been to every ball park in Japan but Hokkaido. That is on the list. Will be going to Saint Louis after the College World Series leaving Tampa, Seattle, Oakland, Chicago White Sox, Detroit, Arizona, Toronto and Colorado as the only major league parks I have not visited. Went to the old Seattle park and if I don’t hurry the Oakland and Tampa parks may no longer be available. Still lots of minor league parks to visit.

Hope to see a European championship tournament. On my bucket list is a visit to Italy so seeing a game there and visiting Italy would fulfill two accomplishments.

Myworld has seen games in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic so going to another country to see a game would be cool. We’ve also played softball in Australia and Sweden.

Myworld has also been to Cooperstown, but it might be cool to visit it again to see how time has changed it.

That is it for now.

Top Puerto Rican Prospects

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

The 2014 list will probably be one of the greatest top ten list for any country. Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, Eddie Rosario, Victor Caratini, Edwin Diaz and Jose Berrios have all made their marks on major league rosters. The list from last year revealed some questionable players who may not make a lasting mark such as Joe Jimenez, Victor Caratini (finally graduating), Jorge Lopez and Tomas Nido. They will not have the impact of the 2014 class, filling roles as back end starters, middle relievers and back up catchers with minimal time in the major leagues. Since the 2014 list a number of academies have located in Puerto Rico, but it has not yet resulted in the appearance of any big time superstars that can match the players from that list.

1. Heliot Ramos OF (Giants) - He was a first round pick of the Giants in 2017. His first year he hit .348 with a 1.049 OPS. Those numbers dropped last year to .245 with a .709 OPS. To be an impact player he will have to fall somewhere in between those numbers, preferably falling nearer the former. The speed is there to fit in centerfield, but as he gets bigger his best position may end up in right. The power is there to hit 30 plus homeruns in the majors but he will need to do a better job of making contact. A 35/136 walk to whiff ratio is evidence he will not hit for a high average and his 2018 numbers will be closer to his mean. Early this season the walk/K numbers have been promising (14/20) for his 19 games and his average (.270) and his OPS (1.009) have been closer to his 2017 season.

2. Isan Diaz 2B (Marlins) - Isan was a second round pick of the Diamondbacks back in 2014. His power numbers have always been impressive but his batting average and ability to make contact have been disappointments. His defense is not that strong and second base or left field may be his only defensive options. He also lacks the speed to do any damage on the bases. If he wants to be in the starting lineup he will need to hit. The Diamondbacks and Brewers have already traded him, though players like Jean Segura and Christian Yelich have been players going to other teams. This year with the Marlins his average has been low (.248), his power disappointing (.390 slugging) but his strikeouts reduced (24 in 27 games). This will be the year he should make his major league debut if he puts up good numbers.

3. Tomas Nido C (Mets) - The Mets released Travis d’Arnaud to bring up Nido to be their back up catcher to Wilson Ramos. Those are the tools Nido has, the ability to be a back up catcher. His bat does not possess much major league power and will hit around .250. His defense is above average behind the plate, with a good ability to frame pitches to give pitchers more strikes than they may deserve. Last year Nido got 84 major league at bats but only hit .167. With his recent callup he will have too many at bats to appear on this list next year. An injury to Wilson Ramos could give him an extended opportunity to show what he can do. There are a lot of defensive catchers surviving in the major leagues.

4. Nelson Velasquez OF (Cubs) - The best tool of this fifth round pick in 2017 is his arm. His below average speed will make right field a perfect position for him. The bat has some pop, with the ability to hit for 20 plus homeruns, but he has not shown he can hit for a high enough average to be an impact player. Last year he had a 30/124 walk to whiff ratio in rookie/Low A. He will need to improve on that patience to raise the average. This year after 24 games the power has disappeared, but he has hit for a better average (.326) even though the patience is not there (3/25). The power needs to be plus for him to make an impact in the major leagues. He still has some time to mature and develop that power.

5. Edwin Rios 1B/3B (Dodgers) - The Dodgers will need to find a position for him. He lacks the speed to play outfield. At 6′3″ and 220 pounds the mobility is lacking to play third, though his arm is strong. If he wants to play first the power needs to come out. The 2015 sixth round pick has hit for 27 and 24 homeruns in 2016 and 2017. Last year injuries limited him to just 88 games where he was able to hit 10 homeruns and slug .482. His career minor league slugging percentage is .528. He does hit lefthanded, which is an advantage for those power hitters who wish to play first. This year in AAA he has gotten off to a slow start (.219 average and .354 slugging) but a 4/36 walk to whiff ratio could be a cause for that.

6. Jose Miranda 2B/3B (Twins) - Jose was a second round pick of the Twins in 2016. His range is limited for a middle infielder but if his bat works out he could become an offensive second baseman. The power may be lacking to play third. Last year he did hit 16 homeruns split between High A and Low A. His best use may be as a utility player. The arm is strong enough to play short over the short haul and he could take a liking to the grass if given an opportunity to roam the outfield. This year he has gotten off to a slow start with no homeruns and a .226 average in High A.

7. Delvin Perez SS (Cardinals) - He was number two on this list last year after being a first round pick of the Cardinals in 2016. He was compared to Carlos Correa. Things have not gone well for him since then. A violation for performance enhancing drugs stained his drafting position. An inability to get out of Rookie ball has dropped his prospect status. Last year he hit only .213 with a .272 slugging percentage. That will make you a footnote in the pages of prospect handbooks. Myworld puts him in the top ten because he carries some tools so perhaps they will begin to emerge. There are many players he will have to leap frog over on the depth chart if he hopes to make an impact.

8. Mario Feliciano C (Brewers) - A second round supplemental pick in 2016 Mario has enough defensive tools to make it as a back up catcher. Shoulder issues limited him to just 46 games last year resulting in surgery. The bat will not be super impactful, with occasional pop and the ability to hit in the .250 range. Prior to his surgery his arm was strong. Last year he saw an increased propensity to swing and miss, which could impact his ability to hit for a decent average. This year he continues to strikeout at a higher pace than is desired (38 whiffs in 28 games) but his average has not suffered yet (.272). Depending on how he develops he could make a career out of being a backup catcher or a lower level starter on a team that continues a search for a top notch catcher.

9. Jonathan Rodriguez OF (Indians) - The third round 2017 pick has all the tools that scream out fourth outfielder. At 6′3″ he could develop power, but his lack of speed will limit him to the corners, where power is expected. A strong arm will make playing right field viable. Currently his power is restricted to the gaps. The last two years in rookie ball he has hit just one homerun with a .382 slugging average. He needs to carry more balls over the fence if he wants to shake that fourth outfielder look.

10. Emmanuel Rivera 3B (Twins) - A 19th round pick in 2015 who may get an opportunity on a rebuilding club. The speed and range are not there to fill a middle infield slot and the power may be lacking to fill a corner. He could end up one of those tweener/organizational slugs that fills out the minor league rosters for a number of years. Last year he hit for a decent average (.280) and shot enough balls into the gaps (25 doubles) to fill the corner position. This year his slugging average has fallen below .400 (.381), a location you don’t want to be when trying to fill a corner infield position.

Dominican Republic Still Leads in Foreign Major Leaguers

Monday, April 1st, 2019

According to a major league baseball press release there are 251 foreign players from 20 different countries or areas who appear on 25 man major league rosters, or are on restricted or disabled lists. That accounts for 28.5% of the players. The Dominican Republic again leads in the most major league players outside the 50 United States. Below is a breakdown of where all those foreign players are from;

1. Dominican Republic (102)
2. Venezuela (68)
3. Cuba (19)
4. Puerto Rico (18)
5. Mexico (8)
6. Japan (6)
7. Canada (6)
8. Curacao (5)
9. South Korea (5)
10. Colombia (4)
11. Aruba (1)
12. Australia (1)
13. Brazil (1)
14. Germany (1)
15. Lithuania (1)
16. Netherlands (1)
17. Nicaragua (1)
18. Panama (1)
19. Taiwan (1)
20. U.S. Virgin Islands (1)

Myworld Series del Caribe Team

Monday, February 11th, 2019

It is tough to come up with an All Star team of Series del Caribe players when you did not actually watch them play. Most of this assessment will be based on stats and what the player accomplished in the box score. Below are the players that made myworld’s All Star Series del Caribe Team.

Catcher - Wilken Castillo (Dominican Republic) .571 average, 4 RBIs and a 1.557 OPS

First Base - Victor Mendoza (Mexico) .375 average, .563 slugging, 5 RBIs with one homerun and a .938 OPS

Second Base - Elmer Reyes (Panama) .368 average, .632 slugging, 1.000 OPS, 5 RBIs with one homerun

Shortstop - Javy Guerra (Panama) .389 average, .722 slugging, 3 doubles and one homerun, 3 RBIs and 1.111 OPS

Third Base - David Vidal (Puerto Rico) .385 average, .529 OBA, .991 OPS

Utility - Allen Cordoba (Panama) .389 average and .450 OBA

Outfield - Alfredo Despaigne (Cuba) - .350 average, 5 RBIs
Outfield - Jilton Calderon (Panama) - .273 average, .455 slugging
Outfield - Yuniesky Larduet (Cuba) - .273 average, 4 runs scored

Starting Pitcher - Harold Arauz (Panama) 1-0, 0.90 ERA, 10 innings pitched

Starting Pitcher - Lazaro Blanco (Cuba) 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 innings pitched

Starting Pitcher - Nestor Cortes (Dominican Republic), 1-0, 1.80 ERA 5 innings pitched, one hit allowed

Starting Pitcher - Nestor Molina (Venezuela) 1-0, 0,00 5 innings pitched

Starting Pitcher - Luis Mateo (Panama) 0-0, 0.00, 7 innings pitched

Relief - Manny Corpas (Panama) 0-0, 2.25, 4 saves

Relief - Jumbo Diaz (Dominican Republic) 1-0, 0.00, 2 saves

Relief - Raidel Martinez (Cuba) 0-0, 0.00, 2 saves

Relief - Sergio Romo (Mexico) 1-0, 0.00

Cuba to Play Panama in Series del Caribe Finals

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Cuba won when they had to beating Venezuela 3-0 on the last day to send their bracket into a three way tie with all three teams tied at 2-2. Run differential allowed Cuba to advance. Lazaro Blanco, who won the opener for Cuba pitched brilliantly again with five shutout innings to shut down the Venezuelan offense. Four different relievers shut out the Venezuelans the rest of the way with Raidel Martinez pitching the ninth to pick up the save.

Alfredo Despaigne was again the big bat for Cuba, sometimes the only bat. His RBI single in the bottom of the third drove in the first run for Cuba. A bases loaded walk to Carlos Benitez scored Despaigne for the second run of the inning. It was the last of three consecutive walks by Venezuelan pitchers. Cuba added another run in the sixth on a throwing error by the catcher after Yuniesky Larduet stole third. Larduet had scored the first run in the third inning after leading off with a single.

Cuba advancing was a surprise the way their listless offense could not get anything going but Panama advancing to the finals was the real shocker. The Puerto Ricans, the two time champions ironically were the only team eliminated from advancing to the finals on the last day and they appeared to play like it.

They collected just five hits as Oriel Caicedo limited them to just three in his 5.1 innings of work. Manny Corpas pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his third save. The only run scored in the fourth inning on a throwing error by Alexis Pantoja trying to turn a double play.

Rey Fuentes came to play getting three of the five Puerto Rican hits. Adelberto Flores pitched 6.1 solid innings but gave up the one unearned run.

So Cuba and Panama advance to the finals.

Series Del Caribe will Crown a New Champion

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Junior Lake hit a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Dominican Republic to a 5-4 win over Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico they dropped to 0-3 ending any hope they would win a third consecutive Series del Caribe championship. The Dominican Republic improved to 2-1 but must beat Panama to stay alive for the championship match.

Anuery Taveras had tied the game for the Dominican Republic in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single. Jumbo Diaz got the win by pitching a scoreless ninth, though he did put two runners on with a walk and single. Diego Goris drove in the first Dominican run leading off the fourth with a homerun.

Puerto Rico had opportunities to score but stranded 14 runners on base. They left two runners on in the first, fourth, eighth and ninth and left the bases loaded in the fifth. They can still be spoilers with their final game against Panama.

The day game went 11 innings with Mexico virtually eliminating Cuba 3-2. In their previous loss the Cubans lost when the leadoff batter got on via an error. The misplays continued after Cuban native Dariel Alvarez struck out but reached first when the ball got past the catcher. Ramon Rios drove in Alvarez with a single.

Cuba went out meekly in the bottom of the 11th. They have had trouble generating any offense, collecting only six hits in 11 innings against the Mexican pitchers. The only two runs they scored were in the first inning on a Frederich Cepeda double and an Alfredo Despaigne double. Despaigne has driven in five of the six runs the Cubans have scored.

Mexico scored their first run on a wild pitch in the first inning. In the sixth Victor Mendoza tied the game with an RBI single. Sergio Romo retired all eight hitters he faced to get the victory, three of them by strikeouts.

For Cuba Yordanis Samon got three of the six hits for Cuba but they did not result in any runs.

The big game will pit Dominican Republic against Panama. A win by Panama would clinch their spot in the finals. Their final match is against winless Puerto Rico who they had beaten earlier. A loss to Puerto Rico would still leave them 3-1 with two victories against the Dominican Republic should they win today.

Venezuela can clinch their spot in the championship with a win over Mexico today. A loss to Mexico could result in a three way tie should Cuba beat Venezuela on the final day.

Venezuela Stays Alive and Panama Continues to Roll

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

The Cuban bats had trouble against Wilfredo Boscan, accumulating just three hits in his 6.2 innings of work as Venezuela won the pitcher’s duel 1-0. Three different relievers continued the shutout of the Cuban bats with Pedro Rodriguez getting the final three outs to pick up the save. Cuba got six strong innings from their veteran Freddy Alvarez, probably the best pitcher in Cuba not in the major leagues but the anemic Cuban bats failed to support his effort.

The two teams traded zeros for the first six innings. Cuba put runners on first and third with two outs in the second but failed to score. Venezuela perched runners on first and second with just one out but a double play ended that threat. The lone run scored in the seventh when Alexander Ayala booted a ground ball hit by Cuban native Rangel Ravelo. The Cubans chose to replace Alvarez with Yoennis Yera and he walked Luis Jimenez. Livan Moinelo replaced Yera. Juniel Querecuto, who grounded into a double play with runners on first and second and one out in the fourth chose to bunt and advanced the runners to second and third. Alejandro de Aza hit a ball deep enough in the outfield to score Rangel for the only run of the game.

Cuba never mounted a threat after that with their last six batters failing to reach base. Alfredo Despaigne, the hero of the game yesterday lined a shot into centerfield but it was caught by de Aza.

Panama continued to surprise rocking the two time defending champ Puerto Rico 8-7. They scored seven runs in the final two frames to pull out the game. Puerto Rico still rallied for one run in the bottom of the ninth but left the tying run stranded at first. Manny Corpas got the last three outs to pick up the save.

The big hit for Panama was a two run two out double by Jilton Calderon that gave Panama a 7-6 lead in the ninth. Allen Cordoba added an insurance run with his RBI single into left field.

The game changing moment for Panama is when they scored four runs after the first two hitters were retired in the eighth. Elmer Reyes had a two run single with the bases loaded and Javy Guerra had another big hit with a two run double that pulled Panama to within one.

Puerto Rico had a well pitched game from Ivan Maldanado, who only allowed one run in his six innings of work. The bullpen had trouble retiring Panama hitters with four different relievers coming in to pitch, all coughing up runs in less than an inning of work each. With the scored tied 1-1 after five Puerto Rico seemed to have pulled away, scoring five runs in the next two innings. At 0-2 their hopes of a three peat appears slim.

Series del Caribe Openers with Two Nestors Winning

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

A lot of new teams representing their country in the Series del Caribe. Las Tunas is representing Cuba for the first time. The same applies to Charros de Jalisco, who is representing Mexico for the first time. Panama is playing for the first time since prior to 1960 when they were one of the regulars participating in the tournament. Their only championship is 1950. Estrellas Orientales last represented the Dominican Republic way back in 1968. Lara was supposed to host the tournament but the violence there forced the organizers to move the games to Panama. Lara last represented Venezuela in 2001. Only Santurce is a regular in these competitions, last representing Puerto Rico in 2016.

Because major league spring training is beginning next week the organizers did not have much time to hold the tournament. With six teams in the tournament the traditional pool of everyone playing each other was scraped. The six teams are broken out into three team pools with the top team in each pool slated to play each other in the championship. The double headers will be played at Rod Carew stadium.

The opening salvos began yesterday with the Dominican Republic shutting down two time defending champion Puerto Rico 3-1. Nestor Cortes restricted the Puerto Rican bats to just one hit in five innings. Three different relievers worked the final four innings and held the Puerto Rican bats hitless, with Jumbo Diaz pitching a perfect ninth, striking out two of the three hitters he faced.

With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth Diego Goris drew a bases loaded walk to give the Dominicans the go ahead run. A wild pitch with a runner on third in the top of the ninth gave the Dominicans an insurance run. Meanwhile the Puerto Ricans could not buy a hit. Their only hit came in the fourth on a David Vidal RBI single, after a walk and hit by pitch put two runners on.

In the nightcap Venezuela trounced Mexico 5-1. Carlos Rivera went deep with a two run homer in the sixth, the first homerun in the tournament. Luis Jimenez drove in a run with a single in the fourth and then scored a run in the sixth. Another Nestor, this one Molina, worked five innings of four hit one run ball to get the win. The Venezuelan bullpen then limited Mexico to one hit in the final four innings.

Today Panama will make their debut against the Dominican Republic to show they belong in the Series del Caribe. The opener will see Cuba take on Mexico.