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Dominicans Series del Caribe Champions

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

The Dominicans downed the defending champion Puerto Rico 4-1 for the Series del Caribe 2021 championship. After a lead off double by Ramon Torres Puerto Rican pitcher Hector Hernandez retired the next 14 hitters, including striking out the side in the fourth to up his strike out numbers to seven. With two out in the fifth Johan Camargo slugged a solo homerun to tie the ball game 1-1.

Anthony Maldanado replaced Hernandez in the sixth and the Dominicans answered with two more runs. Juan Lagares, who just signed a minor league contract, continued his hot hitting with an RBI double. Ronald Guzman delivered a clutch two out single to drive in the second run of the inning and raise the Dominican lead to 3-1. Guzman would strike again with a solo shot in the eighth.

Jumbo Diaz came on in the ninth to retire the side and pick up the save.

The 2021 Caribbean All Star team is below:

Catcher - Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico)
First Base - Ronald Guzman (Dominican Republic)
Second Base - Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic)
Third Base - Jordan Diaz (Colombia)
Shortstop - Jonathan Arauz (Panama)
Outfield - Juan Lagares (Dominican Republic), Melky Cabrera (Dominican Republic) and Jarren Duran (Puerto Rico)
Designated Hitter - Jessie Castillo (Mexico)
Starting Pitcher - Carlos Martinez (Dominican Republic)
Relief Pitcher - Jumbo Diaz (Dominican Republic)
Manager - Felix Fermin (Dominican Republic)

Series del Caribe - Semi-Final Cliffhangers

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

The wins did not come easy in the semi-final victories by the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. These two teams had the best record in the round robin play, but both had to fight for victories in the semi-final games. The two will play in the finals today.

Dominican Republic 4 Panama 3

The starters were in control for the start of the game. Manuel Campos for Puerto Rico threw 5.2 shutout innings. Carlos Martinez mesmerized the Puerto Rican bats also for 5.2 innings, allowing just one hit.

The Dominican Republic broke through first in the sixth. Juan Lagares started things off with a one out single. Robinson Cano followed with a single. Ronald Guzman drove in both runners with a double to centerfield. That led to the exit of Campos from the game.

Panama had loaded the bases in the sixth after Carlos Martinez issued three walks. They failed to score. Panama scored two runs in the seventh on a single by Rodrigo Orozco. Two errors helped the two runners cross the plate. A Robinson Cano error on a missed catch allowed a runner to advance an extra base on a fielder’s choice and a Melky Cabrera throwing error on the Orozco single provided the opportunity for the baserunners to score.

Orozco provided the damage for Panama again in the ninth with an RBI single. The Dominicans responded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Melky Cabrera had singled and pinch runner Yefri Perez stole second. With two outs Puerto Rico chose to walk Johan Camargo to put the winning run on first. An infield single by Junior Lake loaded the bases. Carlos Paulino became the hero when he grounded a single up the middle off Walter Silva for the walk off hit.

Robinson Cano committed three errors in the game. He has committed five errors in the Series del Caribe. His defensive play has been a detriment in winter league ball. The bat can still rake as evidenced by his .467 average.

Puerto Rico 2 Mexico 1

All the runs were scored in the fourth. Joey Meneses delivered an RBI single to plate the only run for Mexico. Reymond Fuentes mashed a two run homer in the home half to score the only runs for Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico had an opportunity to break the game open in the bottom of the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs. They failed to score. Mexico never could mount a rally after the fourth.

Luis Medina, the top pitcher in Puerto Rico survived five innings, giving up just two hits. Rayan Gonzalez worked the last two innings to earn the save. Jarren Duran continues to be the table setter for Puerto Rico, lashing out two singles and drawing one walk in four at bats. He is hitting .391 for the series.

Series del Caribe - Final Four Determined

Friday, February 5th, 2021

The round robin has identified the final four to play for the Series del Caribe championship. They will compete in a single elimination tournament. Colombia and Venezuela have been eliminated. The number one seed and undefeated Dominican Republic will go against the number four seed Panama. Puerto Rico will play against Mexico.

Puerto Rico 9 Panama 8

Panama came out charging scoring five runs in the top of the first off Jason Garcia, who could only retire two batters. He gave up five hits and walked two. Jarren Duran opened the bottom of the first with a homerun and the Puerto Ricans came climbing back. Henry Ramos and Vimael Machin each drove in two runs. Panama starter Harold Arauz could not get past the third. By the time he left the showers the Puerto Ricans had tied the score 5-5. They jumped out to a 9-6 lead going into the ninth. Panama strung together four hits and two runs off Joshua Torres. Puerto Rico had to call on Fernando Cruz to retire the final two hitters to survive the win. Panama had the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first with one out but a pop up and strike out failed to bring the runner home.

Dominican Republic 3 Colombia 2

Colombia has yet to win a Series del Caribe game in their two years of play. They almost pulled off a surprise by beating the undefeated Dominican Republic. Granted, the Dominicans had nothing to play for, already clinching their first seed ranking.

Colombia was up 2-0 for five innings. Edison Frias had shut out the Dominican bats for those first five innings. The Colombians decided to go to their bullpen and that is when the bats started making noise. Johan Camargo had an RBI single in the sixth. Melky Cabrera doubled in the seventh to tie the game. The ninth inning saw a lead off walk eventually score on a walk off single by Rangel Ravelo to keep the Dominicans undefeated.

Yunesky Maya did not get the win but went six innings for the Dominicans. He gave up two runs. Lisalverto Bonilla pitched the last three innings to earn the win. He walked one and kept Panama hitless.

Mexico 4 Venezuela 3

A loss by Mexico would have created a three way tie for the last two spots, resulting in a tie breaker. After going down 3-0 early Mexico came back to win the game 4-3. It took a three run eighth inning rally to tie the game, Sebastion Elizalde driving in one run with a double and Joey Meneses following with a two run double.

In the ninth inning Isaac Paredes led the inning off with a triple but failed to score. In the bottom of the tenth they loaded the bases with no one out and the next two batters were retired without bringing the runners home. With two outs Carlos Gamboa came up. The Venezuelans had decided to intentionally walk him after the Paredes lead off triple in the ninth. There was no place to put him for this at bat. He drove a 1-1 count into centerfield for a walk off single to put Mexico in the playoffs.

For Venezuela it was again going to the bullpen that lost the game. Logan Darnell had pitched seven shutout innings. The Venezuelan bullpen then squandered the lead, something myworld noticed far too often in this Series del Caribe.

Series del Caribe - Dominicans Remain Undefeated

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

The offensive woes of Venezuela continue as they get shut out by the Dominicans, who remain undefeated with just one more game to go in pool play. Puerto Rico won their third game and appear to have clinched a playoff spot. Sometimes just getting to the dance is all you need. Mexico kept their hopes alive by beating Panama to leave both at 2-2.

Dominican Republic 2 Venezuela 0

The recently released Robel Garcia, who went from the Italian League to the Cubs last year got the big hit that scored all the runs. His two run double in the seventh inning, his second double of the game, gave the Dominicans the victory. It came too late for Andy Otero, who pitched 5.1 brilliant innings while scattering five hits. Dario Alvarez, who faced the fewest batters in the game (two) got credit for the win. Fernando Abad worked the ninth inning to earn the save.

Williams Perez pitched a better game for Venezuela, limiting the Dominicans to just two hits in his six innings. After he departed the Dominican bats came alive for two runs. The Venezuelans out hit the Dominicans 6 to 4, but it is the runs that matter.

Puerto Rico 2 Colombia 1

In the ninth inning Johneshwy Fargas lashed a one out double off Cody Mincey. The Colombians chose to intentionally walk Vimael Machin to set up the double play. Fargas steals third base. Now the Colombians decide to intentionally walk Reymond Fuentes to load the bases. Cody Mincey, who has now thrown eight straight balls faces Jonathan Morales and still cannot find the plate, running the count full before walking him to force in a run, a walk off walk.

Harold Ramirez drove in the only run for Colombia. Yadier Molina drove in the first run for Puerto Rico. Tommy Romero for Puerto Rico and Reiver Sanmartin for Colombia each worked at least five innings, both allowing just one run. Sanmartin struck out 8 while Romero struck out five. Each allowed just three hits. Fernando Cruz got the win by retiring Colombia in order in the top of the ninth.

This is the second year for Colombia in the Series del Caribe. While they have been competitive, they have yet to win a game.

Mexico 6 Panama 3

Julian Leon slugged a grand slam homerun in the third inning and it proved to be the difference in the game. The grand slam gave Mexico a 4-1 lead and Panama was never able to recover. Anthony Vazquez shut down the Panamanian bats for seven innings, giving up just two runs on four hits. Alberto Baldonado got the last out of the eighth and finished the ninth to pick up the save. Panama had the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning when Alberto got David Rodriguez to ground out.

Series del Caribe Day 3 - Dominicans Down Panama

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

The big game between the two undefeateds saw the Dominicans victorious. The two winless teams battled it out and Venezuela saved themselves from embarrassment. Puerto Rico disappointed Mexico fans between the two .500 teams.

Dominican Republic 11 Panama 6

The game was not as close as the score indicated. Panama rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the game appear close. Prior to that it was Dominican domination. Or Panama mistakes. Their pitchers walked 10 and their fielders committed four errors. Five of the eleven runs the Dominicans scored were unearned. You add in the walks and it could have been even more.

Joe Van Meter shut down the Panama bats for six innings, giving up just three hits. He gave up one unearned run. The Dominican fielding was a bit sloppy as well with three errors. Michael Tonkin came on to pitch the ninth and only retired two hitters, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk. Fortunately, the Dominicans had an 11-1 lead entering the inning.

Melky Cabrera and Francisco Pena were the big bats for the Dominicans. Each drove in three runs.

Venezuela 1 Colombia 0

This game was lacking in offense. The two teams combined for fewer hits than the walks by the Dominicans. The Venezuelans could only carve out one hit in the win. That was a Herlis Rodriguez RBI double in the third inning. A leadoff walk to Luis Sardinas set up the run. For the Venezuelans their bats have been impotent for the series.

Fortunately, they had Guillermo Moscoso who pitched five shutout innings, giving up just three hits. They also used four pitchers out of the bullpen to pitch one inning each, giving up just two total hits. Silvino Bracho pitched the final inning to earn the save.

The Colombians relied mainly on their bullpen to shut down the Venezuelan bats. Randy Consuegra worked the first three, giving up the lone run. Ronald Ramirez and Jhon Romero each worked two hitless innings. Cody Mincey worked a hitless eighth.

Puerto Rico 6 Mexico 4

Edwin Diaz slugged a two run homer in the second inning to put up the first runs for Puerto Rico. After Mexico tied it in the bottom frame a three run fifth proved to be the difference. Edwin Diaz had struck out to lead off the inning, but the ball got by the catcher allowing Diaz to reach. Jarren Duran drove him in with a triple to break a 2-2 tie. Vimael Machin added in a run with his single and a Reymond Fuentes sacrifice fly drove in the third run of the inning.

After Mexico scored two runs in the seventh to close the score to 6-4 the Puerto Rican bullpen shut down any further offense from Mexico. Anthony Maldonado retired the last out of the seventh inning. Rayan Gonzalez and Fernando Cruz each pitched a perfect inning to close out the game.

Panama Off to Fast Start in Series del Caribe

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Panama won their second game and appear to have clinched a spot in the playoffs. Puerto Rico put themselves in the win column by beating a stumbling Venezuelan team.

Panama 9 Colombia 5

Panama erupted for seven runs in the third inning and used that to defeat Colombia. David Rodriguez drove in three runs with a bases clearing double and leadoff hitter Jonathan Arauz went 3 for 5 on the day, driving in two and scoring twice.

Manuel Campos pitched three one hit shutout innings. With the large 7-0 lead Panama went to their pen, who coughed up four runs in the sixth. Jordan Diaz went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Colombia offense.

Edison Frias started out strong for Colombia on the mound. He struck out five of the first seven hitters he faced. A one out double by Rodrigo Vigil opened the seven run flood. After a ground out all the runs scored after two were out.

Davis Romero worked three innings in relief to get the win. He allowed one run in the ninth, striking out five.

Puerto Rico 3 Venezuela 0

Venezuela could not find their bats. Hector Hernandez shut them out on two hits for five innings. Four different relievers followed and did not allow a hit to complete the shut out. Yadier Molina delivered a critical two run homerun in the sixth to open the lead to 3-0.

2021 Series del Caribe Openers

Monday, February 1st, 2021

A group of Panama All Stars showed Venezuela how the game is played and the favorite Dominican Republic proved their stuff in the win over Puerto Rico in the Series del Caribe openers. Below is a summary of the games.

Panama 6 Venezuela 3

Panama erupted for four runs in the sixth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead. Hector Gomez started the inning with a double. Carlos Quiroz singled him home and the game was tied. A Jonathan Arauz single gave Panama the lead and resulted in the departure of Mayckol Guaipe for Andres Perez. Perez could not stop the bleeding, giving up a double to Jesus Lopez to score another run and a Willy Garcia single to cap the four run nightmare.

Austin Warner and Severino Gonzales closed out the last three innings for Panama. Venezuela did put two runners on in the seventh and eighth innings but failed to score. Warner got credit for the win after getting the last out in the fifth. Gonzalez picked up the save.

The two teams combined for 26 hits. Allan Cordoba was the ring leader for Panama with three hits. Venezuela received three hits from Herlis Rodriguez. One of Rodriguez hits was a solo shot in the fifth that gave Venezuela the lead. Jesus Sucre also hit a solo homer for Venezuela in the third.

Dominican Republic 5 Puerto Rico 1

Carlos Martinez allowed Puerto Rico to score in the opening frame, but shut them out into the sixth to give the Dominicans the opening day victory. Top Yankee prospect Luis Medina could not complete four innings before giving up five runs.

Juan Lagares had the big hit with a three run homer in the third. He drove in all five runs for the Dominicans by adding a two run single in the fourth. Lagares is known more for his defense, but he has shown an ability to swing the bat in these Winter League playoffs.

Rosters for the Series del Caribe

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

For the second year in a row Cuba is not participating. Last year when the event was held in Puerto Rico it was difficulty in obtaining visas. This year it could be concerns with the corona virus and travel concerns. Panama did not have a winter league season because of the corona virus, but they did assemble an All Star team. Two years ago they shocked the Caribbean by winning the event. Below are the rosters:

Mexico

Pitchers - Manny Barreda, Edgar Gonzalez, Hector Velasquez, Anthony Vasquez, Edgar Arrendondo, Jesus Castillo, Gonzalo Sanudo, Aldo Montes, Javier Arturo Lopez, Derrick Loop, Carlos Torres, Fernando Salas, Sasagi Sanchez, Alberto Baldonado

Catchers - Alexis Wilson, Julian Leon

Infielders - Joey Meneses, Isaac Paredes, Jessie Castillo, Efren Navvaro, Michael Wing, Ramiro Pena, Juan Carlos Gamboa, Victor Mendoza

Outfielders - Sebastian Elizalde, Jose Cardona, Jesus Fabela,

Dominican Republic

Pitchers - Carlos Martinez, Cesar Valdez, Joe Van Meter, Andy Otero, Yunesky Maya, Marcos Diplan, Lisaverto Bonilla, Dario Alvarez, Fernando Abad, Jhan Martinez, Luis Castillo, Wirfin Obispo, Michael Tonkin, Yoanner Negrin

Catchers - Francisco Pena, Carlos Paulino

Infielders - Robel Garcia, Robinson Cano, Jonathan Villar, Ramon Torres, Johan Camargo, Rangel Ravelo, Ronald Guzman

Outfielders - Junior Lake, Juan Lagares, Melky Cabrera, Yefry Perez, Juan Carlos Perez

Veneuela

Pitchers - Williams Perez, Andres Machado, Loiger Padron, Andres Perez, Jose Ascanio, David Martinez, Guillermo Moscoso, Silivino Bracho, Mayckol Guaipe, Logan Darnell, Lester Oliveros, Raul Rivero, Pedro Rodriguez, Liarvis Breto, Yapson Gomez, Ivan Medina

Catchers - Tomas Telis, Jesus Sucre

Infielders - Nieman Romero, Cesar Valera, Ali Castillo, Balbino Fuenmayor, Luis Sardinas

Outfielders - Rafael Ortega, Danry Vasquez, Herlis Rodriguez, Oswaldo Arcia, Williams Astudillo

Panama

Pitchers - Harold Arauz, Edison Gonzalez, Ernesto Silva, Manuel Campos, Wilfredo Pereira, Davis Romero, Edgardo Sandoval, Luis Machuca, Alberto Guerrero, Jamie Barria, Eury de la Rosa, Jeof Broussart, Austin Warner, Severiono Gonzalez, Yoel Espinal

Catchers - Rodrigo Vigil, Carlos Sanchez, David Rodriguez

Infielders - Jorge Bishop, Carlos Quiroz, Belarmino Campos, Jonathan Arauz, Jesus Lopez, Hector Gomez

Outfielders - Allen Cordoba, Johnny Santos, Rodrigo Orozco, Willy Garcia

Colombia

Pitchers - Randy Consuegra, Luis Felipe de Avila, Carlos Mario Diaz, Edinson Frias, Juan Carlos Herrera, David Holmberg, Eduar Rolanny Lopez, Jale Oliver Miller, Cody Mincey, Ronald Ramirez, Jhon Jairo Romero, Jean Carlos Ruiz, Reiver Sanmartin, Julio Cesar Vivas Colmenares, Ezequil Antonio Zabeleta

Catchers - Christian Correa, Carlos Mario Martinez, Andres Felipe Noriega

Infielders - Francisco Acuna, Jordan Diaz, Dilson Jose Herrera, Evan Maneul Mendoza, Bralian Andres Perez

Outfielders - Robinson Javier Cabrera, Tito Luis Polo, Harold Andres Ramirez, Andy Vasquez, Adam Brett Walker II

Puerto Rico

Pitchers - Luis Medina, Hector Hernandez, Hector Santiago, Tommy Romero, Giovanni Soto, Zack Muckenhim, Christian Torres, Fernado Cruz, Chris Muller, Anthony Maldonado, Rayan Gonzalez, Jason Garcia, Joshua Torres, Ivan Maldanado

Catchers - Jonathan Morales, Yadier Molina, Juan Centeno

Infielders - Vimael Machin, Jose Miranda, Jancarlos Cintron, Edwin Diaz, Jeremy Rivera, Emmanuel Rivera

Outfielders - Rick Lopez, Johneshwy Fargas, Jarren Duran, Henry Ramos, Reymond Fuentes

Winter League Update - Caguas Clinches Puerto Rican Championship

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Venezuela

Caribes used the bats of Rafael Ortega and Ali Castillo to down Lara 9-6. Ortega drove in four runs with a double and triple while Castillo used a 4 for 5 day to drive in two. Oswaldo Arcia also hit a solo shot. With a three games to none lead Caribes is now one win away from clinching a championship.

Puerto Rico

There were only two serious teams in the Puerto Rican League this year, after two teams dropped out. Caguas proved they were the better of the two teams by sweeping Mayaguez in four games, winning the final 7-6. They rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to win the game, two hit by pitches putting the tying and go ahead runs on base. A Victor Caratini single drove in the tying run. Vimael Machin drove in the go ahead run with his RBI single.

Fernando Cruz came on in the ninth to retire the side in order to garner the save. Jarren Duran led the game off with a homerun and scored three times, including the tying run. Jose Miranda launched a three run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Caguas offense up to the ninth inning.

Winter League Roundup - Durran Leads Caguas to Win

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Puerto Rico

Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran led Caguas to a 7-4 win over Mayaguez to leave them one game away from sweeping the series. Mayaguez had tied the game 2-2 in the top of the seventh after an RBI double by Danny Ortiz. In the bottom of the seventh Duran drove in what proved to be the go ahead run with an RBI double. He clinched the victory in the eighth with a three run homer, giving him four RBIs for the game.

Mexico

Culiacan evened their series with Hermosillo with a 6-1 win. Efren Navarro gave Culiacan a 1-1 tie with his solo homerun in the fifth. The Tomateros put the game away in the seventh and eighth innings to combine for five runs to put the game away. Sebastian Elizalde smashed a solo shot in the seventh and Yoelkis Guibert piled it on with a two run blast in the eighth in his only at bat of the game. Guibert had come in for defensive purposes but showed he could do much more.

Anthony Vasquez went 6.1 innings to get the win. Juan Pablo Ormas went six innings for Hermosillo, allowing just two hits, but one of them was the game tying homer hit by Navarro.

Venezuela

It was an old fashioned pitchers duel before Caribes was finally able to score their first run in the eleventh inning to beat Lara 1-0. Andres Machado allowed just one hit in his five innings for Caribes. Raul Rivero worked six innings, allowing just three hits for Lara.

In the top of the eleventh, Luis Sardinas delivered his first hit in five at bats to drive in Ali Castillo for the go ahead run. Lester Oliveros came in to close out the game, but could only retire one hitter, while walking three to load the bases. The Caribes called on Jean Toledo to escape out of the jam, and on his fourth pitch he got the double play ground ball that ended the game.